A key component of the Convention and Visitor Bureau is the Group Sales Department. Sharply focused on group sales efforts targeting the meetings and conventions, tour and travel and sports tourism market segments, each year this team connects with thousands of professional meeting planners, tour operators and event organizers across the United Sates, as well as internationally in the UK, Germany, China and Canada.
GROUP SALES NEWS
Cheerleading, softball, volleyball, basketball and more come play at the beach! Myrtle Beach welcomes thousands of athletes annually in sports such as track, baseball, softball and basketball in addition to the visitors who come each summer to vacation and take in our beaches and attractions. While some are repeat visitors, many athletes are first timers to Myrtle Beach. Ranging from California all the way to Massachusetts, these visitors come from all the corners of the country to the Grand Strand for their summer tournaments and vacations.
CVB group sales and media representatives headed to Toronto, Canada in May to share a taste of Myrtle Beach with Canadians. This mission trip included one-on-one meetings with meeting and incentive planners and media, as well as several events highlighted below. This mission trip is an annual outreach effort to remind this important market why the Myrlte Beach area has been a favorite vacation holiday for Canadians year after year.
ESPN is adding an early-season college basketball event to its roster this year with the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The new event will take place Nov. 15, 16 and 18, 2018, at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB joins Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day on Thursday, April 12 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.
Myrtle Beach also won first place for the best large, in-line booth. There was a lot of buzz in the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk themed booth. We handed out a variety of pecans from Young’s Pecans as well as wine, homemade crackers and dip supplied by Duplin Winery.
The CVB consumer travel show and group sales teams are often on the road showcasing the Myrtle Beach area to potential visitors and groups year-round. Here's where you'll find them this February and March.
Jonathan Paris has officially joined Visit Myrtle Beach as the Executive Director of Sports Tourism! Jonathan will lead the efforts to bring sporting events, meetings, and tourism to the communities and sports facilities along the 60 miles of the Grand Strand.
The CVB Group Sales Team is busy in January welcoming seven groups with 7,457 attendees. Here's where they'll be this January and February.:
WOW! Drum roll……………. As of Oct. 29, the MBACC sales team achieved their annual budget goal of 277,990 definite room nights!
GROUP SALES TEAM
Meeting & Convention Sales Manager
843-916-7299 | Toll Free 800-488-8998 | E-mail Me
Markets: CT, DC, ID, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, ND, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, WI, WY
Mikki Reitano Walls
Meeting & Convention Sales Manager
843-916-7227 | Toll Free 800-488-8998 | E-mail Me
Markets: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, NV, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV
Group Tour Sales Manager
843-916-7248 | Toll Free 800-488-8998 | E-mail Me
Meetings & Conventions/Tour & Travel Assistant Sales Manager
843-916-7267 | Toll Free 800-488-8998 | E-mail Me
Director of Sports Tourism
617-265-5231 | E-mail Me
Sports/Meeting & Convention Assistant Sales Manager
843-916-7266 | Toll Free 800-488-8998 | E-mail Me
Specialty Market Sales Manager
843-685-8585 | E-mail Me
Specialty Markets include: family reunions, military units, fraternal, social, religious and weddings
Midwestern Account Manager
630-534-6040 | E-mail Me
Canadian/International Account Manager
905-582-9252 | E-mail Me