Here’s What’s Up and Coming in Gulf Shores, Alabama

By Matt Swenson, September 22, 2016

In May, Gulf Shores Welcome Center debuted its new building, symbolic of the push the region is making to draw planners and attendees to the year-round destination. With beautiful beaches and warm weather, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a strong case for meetings business for small associations that see their event as a chance for attendees to tack on a family vacation. The setting allows for golfing and fishing excursions, as well as zip lining and paddleboarding teambuilding activities. Take a look at what’s new and coming.

> Down the road in Foley, Alabama, the $32 million Foley Sports Tourism Complex, currently in development, will also have a 90,000-sq.-ft. indoor events center to host association events, conventions and trade shows. It’s scheduled to come online by Memorial Day 2017.

> You won’t find big hotels with huge conference centers along the beach. While a SpringHill Suites is now open in Orange Beach and a Hotel Indigo is set to join by March 2017, condominium-hotel buildings like Phoenix All Suites Hotels often work well for smaller meetings.

> The Event Center at Cosmo’s Courtyard, which had its grand opening in July, can accommodate 200 attendees for an event or reception. BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets, featuring locally roasted coffee, breakfast fare and ice cream is also on property.

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