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ALTA Announces 2011 Annual Convention Site

March 4, 2010

The American Land Title Association’s Board of Governors approved Charleston, S.C., as the site of the 2011 Annual Convention.

ALTA is in the process of negotiating a contract with Charleston Place, which offers a blend of 18th century style and 21st century comfort. Charleston Place is situated in the heart of Charleston, one of America's oldest cities.

For the sixteenth consecutive year, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine honored Charleston as a Top 10 travel destination in the United States. Charleston was honored with a No. 2 slot – topped only by San Francisco. Last year, Charleston ranked No. 3 in the poll behind San Francisco and New York City. This year, New York takes the No. 3 slot, right behind the Holy City.

Mary Thornley, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, noted that the people of Charleston enjoy welcoming guests, and their hospitality shows, “Charleston is friendly indeed. There is a sense of pride in this place that isn’t found everywhere. Locals love the Charleston area with a passion, and visitors can sense this right from the start.”

Charleston offers horse-drawn carriage rides, mansions and museums, and nearby, historic monuments such as Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. A few miles from the city are a number of magnificent old plantation houses, such as the 18th century Middleton Place.

Charleston offers famous golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, top-rated tennis courts, pristine beaches, monumental battleships and beautifully preserved architecture. The city’s mild climate allows visitors to enjoy most of the sights year-round.

Many visit Charleston for its fabulous food. The city claims to have the “best grits you’ll ever have, prepared in ways you never imagined.” Visitors can also enjoy festive dockside oyster roasts, high-end restaurants, outdoor cafes.

TOP 10 SITES IN CHARLESTON

1. Take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of Charleston's narrow streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings from the colonial and antebellum periods.

2. Stroll through The Battery or White Point Gardens, where pirates once dangled from the gallows, for spectacular views of the harbor and distant Fort Sumter.

3. Take a tour around some of the famous plantations and gardens, for a glimpse into life during the antebellum era. Include Boone Hall Plantation, with its majestic avenue of moss-draped oaks, or Magnolia Plantation, built in the 1670's and Middleton Place, for America's oldest landscaped gardens.

4. Visit the area's lush sea islands of Kiawah, Seabrook and the Isle of Palms. With endless sundrenched beaches washed by the warm surf of the tropical gulf stream currents, the islands offer watersports of every kind including sailing and deep sea fishing.

5. Visit Catfish Row, the inspiration for America's first opera, 'Porgy and Bess', where vendors once peddled their produce along the roadside. Now private homes and speciality shops line the area.

6. Tour historic sights such as Fort Moultrie, the scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, and Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began.

7. Visit Charleston Museum, the USA's first and oldest, which interprets the story and natural history of the lowcountry through artifacts, treasures and exhibits.

8. Visit Charles Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670, and take a tram ride tour of the original fortification or stroll through the beautiful English Park gardens.

9. With world class courses, designed by renowned architects such as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, a game of golf is not to be missed. 10. Browse through the historic market on Market Street, Charleston's many boutiques, art galleries and the King Street antique shops.

ALTA’s 2010 Annual Convention will be held Oct. 13-16 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.



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