by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01, 2017

Meeting Hotels:
 Austin has more than 36,000 rooms citywide. Properties include the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, 800-room Hilton Austin, 492-room Renaissance Austin Hotel, 448-room Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown, 422-room Aloft and Element Austin Downtown and 319-room Hotel Van Zandt.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Austin Convention Center; exhibit space, 247,052 square feet; meeting rooms, 54; (512) 404-4000

Airport Transit: Austin--Bergstrom International Airport, about eight miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $28; by shuttle, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 8.25%; total tax on rooms, 15%

Group Venue: Lady Bird Lake, part of the Colorado River, offers water sports in the heart of downtown. Go out on the lake with Lone Star Riverboat, whose doubled-decked paddle boat seats up to 130 people. (512) 327-1388

Contact: Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 926-2282