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by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01, 2012
Capitol Happenings
Watch M&C'svideo of Austin officials discussing downtown hotel developments and the general manager at the Renaissance Austin detailing renovation plans: mcmag.com/videos.
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Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Convention Center now offers free Wi-Fi service in all public spaces, which includes the concourse, hallways and prefunction areas. Two-tiered Internet connectivity still is available for a fee for those who need more bandwidth.  

Construction has begun on three towers in Sundance Square. While these buildings will feature residences, offices and retail space, plans also call for a new public plaza that will welcome events.

Two restaurants opened last fall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, in partnership with downtown's Reata Restaurant: Reata at the Backstage and La Espuela Mexican Cantina. The center's Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building offers approximately 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Meeting Hotels
The largest meetings properties in town include the 614-room Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 504-room Renaissance Worthington Hotel, 431-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa, 294-room Hilton Fort Worth, 203-room Courtyard by Marriott-Blackstone and 156-suite Embassy Suites Fort Worth-Downtown. For more details, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center
Fort Worth Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 253,226 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 41; (817) 392-6338

Airport Transit
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, about 17 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $52; by shuttle, $15-$25; by Trinity Railway Ex­press, $2.50

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

Group VenueAbbr
Bringing 1,900 people to town? The city's well-known honky-tonk, Billy Bob's Texas, can handle them all for a hoedown, a private concert or a dinner. Two private rooms also are available: the Texas Club, for up to 125, and the Guitar Bar, holding 130. (817) 624-7117

Contact
Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, (817) 336-8791 or (800) 433-5747