City Spotlight | Newport Beach

By Connect Staff, June 2, 2014

While “The Real Housewives of Orange County” remains a hit TV show, Newport Beach has even more fans than the popular program. The high-end stretch of real estate in Southern California is the home of the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast and eight miles of gorgeous coastline. Discover why this playground of the rich and famous is a destination meeting planners are drawn to.

NOTEWORTHY: Balboa Bay Resort’s Duffy Boat Scavenger Hunt, which launches from the resort’s private dock at Newport Harbor, is an unusual teambuilding opportunity.

With its comfortable temperatures year round, the area attracts groups of all kinds—whether they are planning incentive events or sales meetings— regardless of their budget. No matter what, attendees will feel like they are living in luxury. “Newport Beach is in the category of the finer things in life,” says Brandis Protenic, director of program development for AlliedPRA.

The city is 12 minutes from John Wayne Airport, making transportation into the city a breeze. Upgrades to the area include the $15 million renovation of the 403-room Hyatt Regency Newport Beach that added new lobby lounge, upgraded rooms and suites, and freshened up the pool and grounds. The waterfront Balboa Bay Resort provides more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and 11 breakout rooms, and receives top marks from planners seeking an upscale property that can accommodate larger groups. The hotel’s “Meetings on the Bay” package, available during certain times of the year, includes discounted group rates, a free guest room for every 40 rooms occupied and a complimentary VIP one-hour boat excursion (complete with wine and cheese) around Newport Bay.

Newport Beach Quick Facts

Area guest rooms: 3,100 | Nearest airport: John Wayne Airport | Convention center: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | Meeting rooms: 19 | Total meeting space: 26,000 square feet

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