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June 8, 2017

Meetings Delivering a Perfect Blend of Business and Pleasure

Searching for the perfect combination of business and pleasure?  Where productivity is inspired through relaxation?  Where affordable and luxury coexist? Sound too good to be true? Believe it or not, such a place actually exists in Newport Beach, CA.

Newport Beach’s sophisticated style combines easily with coastal comfort, enabling planners to organize meetings that deliver a perfect blend of business and pleasure.

With a diverse selection of hotel properties, the destination has established itself as an ideal location for group meetings and events. In addition to established hotel brands known for their hospitality and convention venue excellence, Newport Beach also offers boutique resorts, giving meeting planners plenty of options.

Beyond boardrooms and ballrooms, there are numerous unique venues for off-site events.  Planners can choose from historic sites such as a waterfront pavilion made popular during Hollywood’s Golden Era, an art deco movie theater, or a spectacular beachfront location now protected by the state of California. Groups wanting to get on the water will easily be able to do so aboard one of Newport’s many luxury yachts. Those desiring to be at the water’s edge may enjoy a harborfront venue or an event on the beach itself.

Diverse group activities help blend business and pleasure

Planners hoping to incorporate a bit of adventure into their meeting will have a wide variety of activity options to choose from. The hub of this coastal community is Newport Harbor, which just happens to be one of the largest recreational harbors in the United States, so naturally water based activities abound. But, not to be outdone, land based activities are just as plentiful. Whether it’s golfing, biking, kayaking, whale watching, yachting or simply relaxing at the beach, Newport Beach offers activities that are sure to please your entire group.

For meeting planners considering dine arounds, Newport Beach has plenty of exciting options that will certainly give groups a taste of Southern California’s fresh fare. Culinary activity has increased in recent years with celebrity chefs, farm to table dining and award-winning restaurants creating quite a buzz. Several restaurants line the harbor enabling groups to pull up dockside. In addition to waterfront dining, Newport Beach has ocean view restaurants along with comfortably chic, nature inspired locations with tree-lined patios and cozy fire pits.

Getting to the destination is convenient. Air service via most major carriers is available to Newport Beach, CA arriving at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, just ten minutes from Newport Beach hotels.  Additionally, Los Angeles International and Long Beach Airport service the area and are a 30 – 45 minute transfer to area properties.

Meetings that blend business and pleasure start in Newport Beach, CA

It’s hard to beat a meeting held in a coastal destination. Attendees may have a hard time leaving; in fact many may want to consider extending their stay to enjoy a bit more seaside charm. Meeting planners will want to inquire about extending group rates during the hotel contract stage. Asking your CVB partner ahead of time for suggested activities during and after your meeting for those guests hoping to tack on a few extra days is helpful information to include in pre-meeting materials.

Newport Beach offers an incredibly beautiful take on Southern California. A year-round destination delivering an authentic Southern California experience, relaxed but vibrant, sophisticated yet comfortable, it’s an ideal destination for group meetings and events.

When you’re ready to begin planning your next program, and need help finding the best fit for your group, contact the staff at Visit Newport Beach, the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach, CA. Visit Newport Beach opens the doors to this coastal paradise with destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources that ease the planning process.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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