by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01, 2013

Dallas
Ground has been broken on a new 30,000-square-foot meeting facility at the 514-room Renaissance Dallas Hotel. When work is finished in late 2014, the property will have a total of 50,000 square feet of event space, including a new 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom and the combined 10,900-square-foot City View Ballroom and City View Rooftop Terrace. The meeting center will be constructed to meet LEED Silver criteria.

The Dallas Convention Center has obtained the Digital Event Center designation from the Virtual Edge Institute. The program provides venues and operators with a readiness review of the facility, along with its employees and technology partners, for planning and executing digital or hybrid events. By gaining the designation, the center demonstrates it is able to provide a single-source hybrid event package through the VEI. 

In February, the city council committed $5 million to the redevelopment of the 103-year-old Butler Brothers Building, which is scheduled to be converted into a 200-room Hilton hotel with retail and residential space. Construction on the $73 million project will start in July, aiming for a 2015 opening.

The new lobby at the Hyatt Regency DallasA $50 million renovation is finishing up at the 1,120-room Hyatt Regency Dallas. Work on all the guest rooms was completed at the end of 2012. The property has 160,000 square feet of function space, including 60 meeting rooms and three ballrooms. One on-site dining option is Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, the revolving restaurant at the top of the Reunion Tower.

The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, developed by the Washington, D.C.-based Destination Marketing Association International. The DMAP endorsement is a measure of excellence for DMOs around the world.

The Hotel Lumen, managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, has expanded to 88 rooms and introduced a new restaurant, The Front Room: A Park Cities Diner. The property, across from Southern Methodist University, also has a new rooftop terrace and offers 1,500 square feet of meeting space.

Now open a few blocks from the convention center is the 76-room NYLO Dallas South Side, which features the 4,500-square-foot rooftop Soda Bar, the Loft Bar and Restaurant, and a 950-square-foot meeting room.

Finishing up this spring is a $78 million expansion and renovation of the Joule Hotel. All 129 guest rooms are being upgraded and 31 are being added, including three penthouse suites. A new rooftop event space also is under construction.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Air­port offers flights to 200 nonstop destinations, now that American Eagle has added service to Hermosillo and Zacatecas, Mexico. Those 200 destinations include 52 international and 148 U.S. domestic cities.

Meeting Hotels
About 30,000 hotel rooms can be found within Dallas proper, and a total of 75,544 rooms are in the greater metro area. For a comprehensive listing of properties, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center
Dallas Con­vention Center; exhibit space, 1,018,942 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 88; (877) 684-7322; dallasconventioncenter.com

Airport Transit
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 20 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $40; by shuttle, $19
Love Field, six miles from downtown. Transfer by taxi, $18; by shuttle, $19

Taxes
Room tax, 15%; sales tax, 8.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

Group Venue
Adrenalin seekers will have a screaming good time on the Bungee, Skycoaster, Nothin' But Net, Skyscraper and Blastoff attractions. The five extreme rides make up the Zero Gravity amusement park. Groups of all sizes are welcomed to enjoy the heart-stopping drops. (972) 484-8359; gojump.com

Contact
Dallas Con­vention & Visitors Bureau, (214) 571-1000; visitdallas.com