Destination: Dallas Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
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Whether you need to discover a great vacation spot for a client or an inspirational location for your next convention, Texas is the perfect place. For big business or big fun, there’s no place like the Lone Star State.
By Bob Ecker
December 26, 2013
The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex has many claims to fame—stockyards and steak houses, oil barons and rodeos, barbecue, J.R. Ewing, the Cotton Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys, American Airlines and, sadly, the place where John F. Kennedy was killed. Cowboy culture, oil money and barbecue still thrive, but today Dallas and Fort Worth are also a major cosmopolitan metropolitan area and meeting-industry hub.
A survey conducted by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed that the city has climbed to No. 5 in the United States for meetings and incentive business. During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Dallas CVB reports that a record 31 citywide meetings were scheduled, resulting in 1.5 million future room nights—the most citywide bookings in the bureau’s 55-year history.
According to the 2010 census, Dallas was the ninth-largest city in the United States, with a population of 1,241,000; it’s the third-largest city in Texas (after Houston and San Antonio). The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex is home to more than 7 million people.
“There are a variety of reasons to hold a meeting in Dallas,” says Phillip J. Jones, CEO of the Dallas CVB. “We are centrally located and have tremendous access and great attractions, and are an affordable destination. There are more than 8,000 rooms within one mile of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which recently underwent $60 million in renovations, with another $350 million in expansion plans coming.”
Warm and friendly, Dallas is also less than a four-hour flight from virtually anywhere in the continental United States—helpful geography for meeting planners catering to far-flung attendees. Here are 11 reasons to take your next meeting to the Dallas/Fort Worth region:
Main image: Big Tex, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, courtesy of Dallas CVB
By Carolyn Koenig
July 24, 2013
Surprise! When you read “meetings” and “Texas” in the same sentence, you typically think “big,” and with good reason: The state is a whopping 268,820 square miles, with 254 counties and a 350-mile-long Gulf Coast. Texas boasts several highly populated cities, including Houston, the largest city in Texas and the fourth biggest in the United States, and San Antonio, the second largest in the state and seventh biggest in the nation. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest U.S. metropolitan areas, respectively. Texas also is the epicenter for large meetings, with a vast portfolio of convention centers, big-brand hotels, major sports stadiums and attractions, and a rich history full of larger-than-life heroes, including Janis Joplin, Alvin Ailey, Nolan Ryan and presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, George Bush and George W. Bush.
By David Vranicar
December 31, 2012
Thanks to I-30, rapid transit and the nearby airport, Dallas and Fort Worth have never been closer. Then again, while Dallas zealously modernized its arts and architecture, Fort Worth stubbornly guarded its heritage and charm, ensuring that each city has its own distinct feel. But whether these are two separate towns or a tag-team unit, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is an ideal spot for events.
By Christine Loomis
November 20, 2012
Grapevine, Texas, may not have the cachet of neighbors Dallas and Fort Worth, but it has more than a century and a half of meetings success to build on.
By Jennie Nunn
August 30, 2012
Mention the word “Texas,” and three things immediately come to mind: spicy chili, leather cowboy boots and the Alamo. But aside from its warm climate, friendly residents and Southwest charm, there’s much more to the Lone Star State than meets the eye. From the idyllic setting of San Antonio’s River Walk and Austin’s famous live music scene to the state’s oldest modern art museum in Forth Worth to a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and fishing, it’s no surprise Texas is a top destination for meeting planners and hosts several world conferences each year.
By Steve Winston
December 29, 2011
The neighboring cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, aka The Metroplex, have been described many ways. A tale of two cities. Two sides of the same coin. Dallas looks to the east, Fort Worth looks to the west. Fort Worth’s all cowboy, with two-stepping boots and well-worn hats. Dallas is all Fortune 500, suited up and silk-tied.
Yet, in reality, these two cities may have more in common than many people believe. In “wild-and-woolly” Fort Worth, for example, you’ll find several of the finest art museums in America. And in big-business-deal Dallas, you’ll find several of the best-known honky-tonks in America. In “frontier” Fort Worth, you’ll see people in cowboy boots and hats…at the opera, wearing tuxedos. And in sophisticated Dallas, what’s the name of that famous football team? That’s right…the Cowboys.
These are cities with comprehensive meetings infrastructures, more than enough after-meeting options to keep your attendees happy and incredible airport access.
What it boils down to is this: Dallas and Fort Worth are both a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll when it comes to meetings business.
Learn about Dallas for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Dallas: Meetings, Conferences and Conventions
Number of Meetings Hotels:
Total Hotel Rooms: 320
Number of Special Events Venues: 245
Local Convention Centers: Dallas Market Center Dallas Convention Center
Local Airports: Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) DFW International Airport (DFW)
Local CVB: Visit Dallas
Dallas, Texas: Why Dallas is the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination
Event planners seeking a true 21st-century skyline will be pleased with Dallas. This sleek, cosmopolitan metropolis turns the stereotype of Texas city on its ear. With standout shopping, destination restaurants, and world-class theater and museums, “Big D” has a lot to offer beyond the boardroom. Anchoring the hot new Arts District is Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a much-lauded magnet school (graduates include Edie Brickell and Norah Jones).
Credited with being the birthplace of the frozen margarita and Tex Mex cuisine, Dallas is also the land of genuine barbecue. With upscale amenities and residents who are still down-home friendly, this is a uniquely hospitable meeting place.
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