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Planning a Meeting? Why Not in Galveston?

Most visitors come to Galveston to relax on the beaches, stroll the Strand, maybe visit museums and to dine at some of the island’s most popular restaurants. Yet despite it being a vacation destination, Galveston is also a great place to hold meetings.

And what makes Galveston’s meeting venues particularly unique? Well, what can be more enticing than doing business with sandy shores just a stone’s throw away.

It’s no secret that meeting planners have eyed Galveston’s scenic setting and cooling breezes as a refreshing backdrop to business-as-usual meetings and conventions. Meeting in a vacation destination at a resort can often help ease stress levels and offer more exciting before and after meeting activities as opposed to typical venues.

The Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort sits adjacent to the beach skirting bustling Seawall Boulevard. The Center has 140,000 square feet of total meeting space including 43,100 square feet in a column-free exhibition hall,

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Group Activities Beckon & Abound on Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a beautiful, historic beach destination where you can get your toes in the sand, take a leisurely stroll through the Historic Downtown District, or catch a Happy Hour at a cool bar. But if you’re looking for group activities, there are plenty of things to on our charming little island.

Here are some fun group activities to check out:

Escape the Island

Escape the Island at 910 21st St. is a live escape room experience where people can work together, find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from a themed room in 60 minutes. It requires out of the box thinking, observational skills and teamwork to beat the clock. Everyone contributes to the process with the variety of skills and background that they bring. It is fast paced and demanding but great fun when the "aha" moments that lead to progress prove to be correct. Come join the fun and book your escape room today. Remember, in order to Escape the Island.....you must first escape the room. For more details,

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The Port of Galveston Continues to Make History on Galveston Island

The next time you pass by the bustling docks and wharfs of the Port of Galveston, take a moment to let the history and impact of the facility sink in. As the oldest port in the Gulf of Mexico west of New Orleans, the port has played a significant role in the development of island commerce for over 190 years.

What is now 850 acres of port facilities began as just a tiny speck on the map where hardboiled businessmen gathered to trade cotton, rice and other valued commodities. The facility traces its roots back to 1825 when the land was still part of Mexico and the Congress of Mexico issued a proclamation establishing it as a port. The ensuing decades would see the port become one of the most important shipping facilities in the country.

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Galveston's Beaches: So Many to Choose From!

Summer fun on the island is just around the corner. So when the temperatures soar in the weeks and months ahead, what’s the best Galveston beach to hit the waves? That depends on what you’re looking for – whether it be family fun, volleyball and games, pristine sand or gentle surf, Galveston has it all.

 

Stewart Beach. Located on the island’s eastern side where Broadway ends at the Seawall, this beach is the most popular with families. In fact it’s regarded as Galveston’s most family-friendly beach. Amenities include a pavilion, children's playground, showers, concessions, chair and umbrella rentals, and a gift shop. Lifeguards are on duty. Leave the beer and other alcoholic beverages at home.

 

 

East Beach. Drive right up to the water in your car at Galveston’s premier party beach, with sponsored activities including festivals, live bands and an annual sandcastle competition. Located along the island’s easternmost shores, East Beach is also a good spot for bird watching to see

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing - Missing the Boat

So you’re visiting an island for the day – maybe enjoying a few cold ones – and lose track of time – OOPS! To the many readers who have asked “will the ship leave without me?” - The answer is a definitive YOU BETCHA! Cruise ships run on a schedule – X-number of hours to dock at the next port, and they stick to it.

The only time Lorraine has seen exceptions to “departure time” is when a ship-approved shore excursion is running late – then there is a wait for passengers to return – otherwise, you need to be prepared to find your own way to the next port. She personally witnessed a group of six or eight late arrivals in Cozumel running down the pier yelling “WAIT! WAIT! COME BACK!” as the ship pulled away –someone from a balcony yelled to them “get a watch!”

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Money - or the Lack of It! By Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas

 

Lorraine has written on a number of cruise topics since joining Galveston.com lo, these many years ago – but she needs your input to continue these missives. Any questions about cruising? If Lorraine doesn’t have the answer, she can surely find it for you – after all there is a wealth of information out there – and Lorraine loves to “share the wealth” – LOL!

 

That said – let’s talk money!

 

What’s the first thing that happens to your cash in Vegas? It’s converted into those cute little easy-to-spend “chips” or slot machine “tokens – hey – “play money” right?

 

Cruise ships use the same mentality – upon check-in you receive a card commonly referred to as a “sea-pass” – it serves as your cabin key, your identification, AND your credit card for the duration of the cruise. Just charge everything to that little card – it’s “play money” – NOT!

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The Debate Is Over: The Margarita Was Invented In Galveston

The inspiration for this margarita story was Robert Stanton's, Galveston: An Island of Firsts. Robert referenced Bob’s Galveston Island Reader, which was originally published in 1983. In Texas, Galveston had the first custom house, post office, opera house, and the list goes on and on.

But, what about the Margarita?

I’ve always heard that the Margarita was invented at The Balinese Room by Santos Cruz for singer Peggy Lee.

Today, I noticed this Facebook post that my friend Jack Morris, owner of  Third Coast Gallery, shared that stirred up the debate. What’s this about Paco’s in Taxco, Mexico?

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Get a Cost Break by Staying Mid-Week

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Grab that suntan lotion and put on that sexy swimsuit! Beach season has arrived and Galveston is rolling out the red carpet – eh, make that sand and sea – for the thousands of beachgoers headed to the island.

Depending on where you decide to stay, a trip to Galveston can be pricey because many hotels raise their rates on weekends. Consider that the average weekend rate at a full service hotel is over $200 on Friday and Saturday nights.

But savvy visitors have learned a cool cost-saving way to enjoy the island: They stay mid-week, when hotel prices are cheaper, the beaches are less crowded – and attractions like Moody Gardens, Bishop’s Palace, The Bryan Museum and the downtown historic district are in full swing.

In fact, some hotels save you up to 50 percent while staying mid-week. For a list of island hotel rates,

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas - Cruise destinations that depart from the Port

Not too surprisingly, the cruise industry has been a boon to the Port of Galveston.

 

Between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Galveston offers people from all over the region numerous opportunities to explore a slate of tropical ports on three to 14-day tours.

 

In its first quarter of 2017, Carnival is showing strong growth.

 

WHAT NYT GOT RIGHT AND WRONG: The New York Times highlights some of Galveston's best restaurants and attractions

 

"We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year," Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in a statement. "Our performance was driven by increased demand, particularly for our core Caribbean itineraries, leading to higher year-over-year ticket prices which enabled us to overcome the significant negative impact of both fuel and currency to exceed the high end of our guidance range." 

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Spring Break Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Texas: A Hotspot for Family Activities

 

If you’re looking for some fun things during Galveston Spring Break 2017, there’s no need to look any further. We’ve put together this list of must-do activities for families and children of all ages to plunge into.

 

With spring break fast approaching – it kicks off March 13 in Galveston schools – the island is about to show the world why Galveston has become a national destination for folks in search of some excitement in the sun and moonlight.

 

To be sure, there’ll be plenty of bikinis on the beach, and the clubs will be hopping to the beat of hip-hop and rock. But that’s not all. Galveston has lots to offer for families and children of all ages.

 

So without further ado, here are some cool, fun-filled spots to take the family during your Spring Break stay in Galveston:

 

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

2501 Seawall Blvd. | 1-855-789-7437

 

This colorful, neon lighted pier that extends over the Gulf of Mexico at 25th Street is the place to be for thrill-seek

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