by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 01, 2015

Local Update

 The 484-room Renaissance Dallas Hotel has opened 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom. The new function rooms are LEED Silver-certified and feature linenless tables. New for outdoor events is the 10,000-square-foot City View Terrace. The property's farm-to-table restaurant, Asador, serves modern American cuisine with Latin flair from chef Dean Max.

 The new Orange Line connection from downtown Dallas to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport began running last August. The five-mile segment links to DART's Belt Line Station with continuing service to Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas.

Meeting Hotels: About 30,000 hotel rooms can be found within the city of Dallas proper, and a total of 75,544 rooms are in the greater metro area. The official headquarters hotel for the Dallas Convention Center is the 1,001-room Omni Dallas. Other nearby properties include the 1,120-room Hyatt Regency Dallas.

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

Airport Transit: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, about 20 miles from the heart of downtown Dallas. Transfer cost by taxi, $50; by airport shuttle, $19; by DART, $2.50

Love Field, approximately six miles from the downtown area. Transfer by taxi, $18; by shuttle, $19

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

Group Venue: Just the thing after a long day in a meeting room, Bowl & Barrel offers upscale bowling fun along with a full-service American restaurant and an international array of beers. (214) 363-2695

 Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, (214) 571-1000