Virginia Beach's claim to fame has always been its great location along the Atlantic Coast, adjoining Chesapeake Bay. Now, with the construction of the new Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as new hotels and restaurants, the area is taking another step forward in its bid to become a major factor in the national meetings and conventions market. Last fall, the 300,000-square-foot first phase of the new $202.5 million convention center opened with a 31,029-square-foot ballroom, 19,249 ...

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