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THE CAROLINA COASTAL EXPERIENCE IS                        CONTENTS

        EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HOST                                                                                        W E L C OME

                                                                        Welcome to Wilmington, Carolina Beach,
        A MEMORABLE MEETING OR EVENT –                            1     Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach

        ALL IN ONE PLACE
                                                                  2     Getting Here
        Inspiring
        •  Creativity and energy around every corner and settings that
           redefine the meeting experience
                                                                  4     The Wilmington Convention Center
        •  Burgeoning River District and award-winning riverfront
           abounding with vibrant nightlife and entertainment, local
           boutiques, cafés and art galleries
                                                                  6     Meetings and Convention Hotels
        •  Sea- and farm-to-table dining featuring local, fresh,
           sustainably sourced ingredients
        •  Unique off-site and open-air venues from a riverboat to a    Additional Hotels with Meeting Space
           riverfront park or an event pier at a marina to an aquarium  12
                                                                        & Overflow Rooms
        Authentic
        •  Selected as one of “The South’s Best Cities” by the readers   Unique Off-site Meeting, Event
           of Southern Living magazine, chosen as America’s Best   14
           Riverfront, and the Riverwalk was selected as one of the     & Outdoor Venues
           country’s best riverwalks in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’
           Choice awards
                                                                  18    Maps
        •  Rich Southern culture and historic charm live alongside a
           downtown that offers all the modern amenities of a big city
        •  One of the largest National Register Historic Districts in
           the country                                            20    Convention/Event Services

        •  History tours, craft beer excursions on the Wilmington Ale
           Trail, themed walking tours and more
                                                                  22    Pre- and Post- Vacation Ideas
        •  Coastal-themed festivals and signature events held
           throughout the year offer built-in entertainment
        Refreshing
                                                                  24    Contact Information
        •  Three island beaches located just minutes away
        •  Hit the water with lessons by the pros, on guided tours
           and excursions, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing or surfing
           in Wrightsville Beach                                 •  Dance the night away to tunes with a view at a live concert
                                                                    at a waterfront amphitheater
        •  Find a laid-back beach vibe during a colorful family escape
           to free-spirited Carolina Beach for good times on a vintage
           boardwalk, at a state park and more                   Rewarding
                                                                 •  Only convention center on N.C.’s coast, eco-friendly and
        •  Reconnect with nature and family on a beach guaranteed to   ideally suited for small- to medium-sized meetings
           evoke favorite childhood beach memories in Kure Beach
                                                                 •  Personalized service attention based on center’s intimate size
        Active
                                                                 •  Many groups max out their registration at meetings and
        •  Plenty to see and do before or after your meeting or event  events held here                                    Meeting Planner Guide
        •  Paddle through waterways, lakes and estuaries on kayak or   •  Hotels typically offer off-season savings November through
           standup paddleboard                                      March; Sunday arrivals and mid-week arrival and departure
                                                                    patterns are most affordable
        •  Hike scenic trails in picturesque state parks, take in unique
           wildlife and breathtaking gardens                     •  Downtown walkable location and Convention District make
                                                                    it less costly and more convenient for attendees to enjoy the
        •  Bike nature and river-to-sea trails
                                                                    city and off-site activities
        •  Take a narrated river or island cruise in search of the
                                                                 •  Good weather year-round and welcoming hospitality
           perfect sunset
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