by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01, 2013
Why Here?
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (above) in Dallas symbolizes the exciting new architectural styles sprouting in Texas, with hotel giants such as Fairmont, Hyatt, Marriott, Omni and Westin contributing new landmarks of their own. The upshot: great new choices for meeting planners and attendees.

New Museum in Dallas
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Local Update
The landmark Butler Brothers building, erected in 1910, is being transformed into a 200-room Hilton Hotel, to be accompanied by 250 residential units and 21,000 square feet of retail space. The hotel will include two restaurants, and a pool; specific meeting space details and other amenities have not yet been announced.

The Dallas Convention Center ­-- recently renamed the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center after the retired senator -- has earned the Digital Event Center designation from the Virtual Edge Institute. The DEC program provides venues and operators with a readiness review of the facility and its employees and technology partners for executing digital or hybrid events. DEC venues can provide a single-source hybrid event package through VEI.

Ground has been broken on a new 30,000-square-foot meeting facility at the 514-room Renaissance Dallas Hotel. When the work is finished in late 2014, the property will have a total of 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a new 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom. The meeting center is being constructed to garner LEED Silver certification.

The Joule Hotel has spent $78 million upgrading its rooms and adding 30 more, for a total of 161 units, including three penthouse suites. A rooftop event space also was added. The property has 14,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
About 30,000 hotel rooms can be found within the city of Dallas, and a total of 75,544 rooms are in the greater metro area. To find and compare properties, and send RFPs, visit

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

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

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

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

Group Venue
Golfers both new and seasoned can score points at TopGolf Dallas, a driving range made for events. Square off as teams or individuals and aim for targets close by or far off. The facility welcomes groups of up to 1,000 people. (214) 341-9600;

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