Dallas Delivers!!

Dallas was my home for over 17 years, and I was a bit sad to leave in 2013.  I worked as a Director of Events for a major corporation but rarely planned meetings in Dallas.  However, I kept up on the city and its offerings.  My team did plan several large and successful sales meetings over the years that were held at the Hyatt, Anatole and the Omni.  I also held a smaller incentive group at the Ritz Carlton, and our attendees enjoyed the city and its offerings.  Many things have changed since I left and there are so many additions with more attractions and hotels.  The city is definitely booming.  And, of course, being involved in the meetings world, it was always a pleasure working with the VisitDallas team.  I know they continue to show their enthusiasm for the city, their support and utmost professionalism when working with event and meeting planners.   

For planners, Dallas is an ideal location.  It is a 3-hour flight from just about anywhere in the US with two major airports serving the Metroplex, offering over 2200 daily flights.  Easy in and easy out.  Most major airlines fly in and out of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  Over 1800 flights are offered daily.  DFW is about 20 miles to the downtown area and convenient to many other areas.  The second airport in Dallas is Dallas Love Field with Southwest, Delta and Alaska Airlines operating flights with approximately 600 daily flights.   Love Field is a 7 mile trip to downtown.

Although large and spread out, Dallas is also a very easy city to move about with a variety of transportation options.  DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Rail), the longest light rail system in the US with over 90 miles of rail lines, operates daily from 4 am to midnight and is $3 for a half-day pass and $6 for a full day pass.  DART goes to most of the entertainment districts, the Convention Center, the American Airlines Center, both airports and the Trinity Railway Express that connects Dallas and Fort Worth.  There are also several reputable travel companies to provide transit for your groups.

Meeting options in Dallas are numerous.  The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is connected to the 1000 room Omni Hotel and offers great flexibility.  Trade Show Executive magazine named it one of the top ten convention centers in the country.   It is currently undergoing renovations and an expansion that will make it one of the largest centers in the US in 2029.  Currently, the space is as follows.

  • 1 Million Square Feet of exhibit space
  • 724,526 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space
  • 403,310 total sq. ft. of column-free exhibit space
  • 65,124 sq. ft. of Ballrooms (all 3 ballrooms can be divided into 4 sections)
  • 21,290 sq. ft. arena with 9,816 seats
  • Flexible outdoor space

Hotels in Dallas are numerous with offerings of 80,000+ rooms ranging from budget to boutique to luxury.  There are several downtown hotels that include the Omni, Hyatt Regency, Sheraton, Fairmont, Westin, The Joule, the Adolphus and the Magnolia.  There are many more in various price ranges and offerings.  Moving out of downtown, there are many suburban areas in the Dallas metroplex with even more hotel selections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certainly most hotels offer great dining options as well as catering services.  However, if time allows in the schedule, consider taking your group out for a dining experience.  Dining in Dallas is ever-evolving with so many amazing options from casual BBQ and Tex-Mex to fine dining in a Dean Fearing restaurant or a James Beard award-winning restaurant.  Dallas offers so many delicious options and any kind of cuisines you can imagine.  Many restaurants offer private dining space as well.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas continues to grow and add more venues, activities, etc.  It is fast becoming a meeting destination of choice among planners. Cvent  named Dallas number 5 in its list of top US meetings destination.  Hear first-hand what some meeting professionals had to say about Dallas as a place to hold meetings.  Click HERE for the video.  Dallas will not disappoint.

Consider Dallas for your next meeting, event or incentive.  And, make VisitDallas your destination partner.  The complimentary services they offer include checking hotel availability, finding meeting space, recommending local services and activities as well as assistance in promoting your program.  Their team will be happy to assist you and your will find them all demonstrating Texas hospitality.  Dallas is definitely a special city and you won’t be disappointed in choosing it for your next program.  Reach out to VisitDallas at 214-571-1000 or at their website VisitDallas

Julie

Julie Martinez, CMP, CMM is a meeting, event and incentive planning specialist providing consulting, strategic planning and on-site management.  She is a member and contributor of I-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events. Please connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her Twitter.

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