by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 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, 366-room Westin Austin Downtown, 319-room Hotel Van Zandt and 312-room Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.

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Convention Center: Austin Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 247,052 square feet; number of 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 Venues: Bon Appetit, Eater and GQ agree: Kemuri Tatsu-Ya is one of the best new restaurants to open this year, not just in Austin but in the entire United States. Peruse the eatery's creative menu for a taste of the fun Japanese-Texan vibe that is its hallmark. Private parties of 25 or more are welcome (email [email protected] for details and group reservations). (512) 893-5561.

Need to go big in Texas? The Long Center for the Performing Arts, known for the care that went into constructing spaces with incredible acoustics, presents a schedule of top performers, but also features a host of venues for rent. The Michael & Susan Dell Hall accommodates up to 2,442 people, while for a more intimate event, the Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre is a flexible black-box space that seats up to 229. The center's City Terrace, which holds as many as 2,000 for an outdoor gathering, looks out over downtown Austin. Last but not least is the glass-enclosed Kodosky Donor Lounge, hosting receptions or dinners for as many as 210 people. (512) 457-5100.

For adventure-seeking groups, Live-Love-Paddle takes up to 60 participants in kayaks out on Lady Bird Lake to see Austin's iconic bats taking off in the evening from their home underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. The company also offers urban kayak tours, a full-moon kayak tour, and various on-water team-building excursions and scavenger hunts. Or, groups can opt for a more leisurely outing with no specific destination or theme in mind. Live-Love-Paddle also has access to a great lawn on the banks for gatherings after the paddling. (512) 804-2122.

Austin is not missing out on the craft-beer craze. Independence Brewing Company's suds menu starts with Austin Amber and its compatriots, Power & Light pale ale and Stash IPA, among others. In a nod to the perennial rivals of the hometown team, the University of Texas Longhorns, this fall's seasonal brew is the Oklahoma Suks American Amber. The Tap Room is available for private events of up to 50 indoors with room to grow outdoors, and brewery tours are available. (512) 707-0099.

To coax out the inner child lurking within your attendees, plan on an excursion to Driveway Austin, a lively motorsports training and entertainment complex. For the tech-minded, the facility's Grand Prix Course is an F1-calibre track with elevation changes and signature corners. Go-karting is the fun option here, and the venue also arranges team-building track days that include tactical driving, paintball and evasive maneuvering. Groups of up to 30 participants are welcome. (512) 971-9100.

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