Some say the ideal spot for meetings in the Myrtle Beach area is on the golf course. With nearly 100 championship courses, groups can tee off on a different one each day for three months and never play the same course twice. Combine the top-notch design of the courses with the area's scenic beauty and mild year-round climate, and it's easy to understand why the Myrtle Beach area is called the "Seaside Golf Capital of the World." The attraction for groups doesn't stop there. The 249,100-square-foot Myrtle Beach Convention Center opened to rave reviews in 1994. The area also has succulent seafood to sample, quaint shops to browse, historic plantations to visit, and plenty of nighttime entertainment.

FAST FACTS Myrtle Beach Area Convention Bureau 1200 North Oak Street P.O. Box 2115

Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Phone: (843) 448-1629, (800) 488-8998

Fax: (843) 448-3010

Web: www.myrtlebeachlive.com

Executive Director & Vice President:

Jean Ann Brakefield

Corporate Sales Manager: Jennifer Cantey

Location and Transportation:Beach International Airport is three miles from the city center. Airlines serving the airport include Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Midway Express, Jet Express, Spirit, US Airways, Vanguard, and Air Canada.

Hotel and Meeting Venues:The area's 470 hotels and resorts have more than 60,000 guest rooms. Total tax on rooms is 9.5 percent. The convention center has 100,800 square feet of column-free exhibit space and 22 meeting rooms.

Recreation:Some 200 tennis courts and a full range of water sports, including sailing, waterskiing, fishing, and boating, complement the area's nearly 100 golf courses. Spring of 1998 saw the opening of the new Bullwinkle's Family Food & Fun and True Blue Golf Course.

Climate:The Myrtle Beach area enjoys seasonal average temperatures in winter of 55 degrees; spring, 75 degrees; summer, 88 degrees; and fall, 76 degrees.

Seasons:June through August is peak season. Value season runs from September through October and March through May. Low season is November through February.