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  • A Brand-New Texas

    By Steve Winston

    August 01, 2014

    Advertising slogans notwithstanding, Texas isn’t really “a whole other country.” It’s more like a whole bunch of other countries.

    The Lone Star state has metamorphosed—and is still metamorphosing—as much as any state in America.

  • Big on Meetings

    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

  • Meet Small in the Big “T”

    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.

  • Where Texas Arts and Culture Mingle

    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.

  • Built on a Meeting

    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.

  • Meet Big in Texas

    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.

Learn about Dallas for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations

Destination Description

Dallas: Meetings, Conferences and Conventions

Smart Stats:

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

Smart Snapshot:

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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