Huntington Beach Guarantees Sunshine or $1,000

Huntington Beach is guaranteeing convention bookers sunshine during their events or a $1,000 refund.

If only Surf City's backroom-deal infected City Hall adopted a Sunshine Guarantee for residents.

"Book a qualified RFP [request for proposal] by June 30, 2012, and hold the meeting by December 30, 2012, and receive our Sunshine Guarantee," reads the city convention bureau offer. "This means that if there is more than a half inch of rain on multiple peak days of the program, an additional $1,000 credit will be applied to the planner's final bill."

"We"re so lucky to have such beautiful weather year-round," Christopher Anderson, director of sales, with the local bureau, tells Travel Mole's David Wilkening. "We think attendees should experience the HB weather that we all brag about."

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Conventioneers should understand that, an in Las Vegas, the odds are stacked in favor of the House. Surf City logs 315 to 345 days of sunshine a year.

To sweeten the offer, the bureau also offers $200 to $500 toward airfare for convention reps making onsite inspections (depending on the number of rooms/nights being booked), complimentary guestroom Internet for the group and discounts at select retailers, restaurants and attractions.

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