by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01, 2010

Dallas
Local Update:  Ground was broken last fall
on the city-owned Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, after the city received buyer commitments for all $479.8 million in revenue bonds offered to investors, to cover the cost of construction. The 1,000-room property will open in 2012 with 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center debuted last October. Facilities within the complex include the 2,200-seat Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, the 600-seat Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and the Annette Strauss Artist Square.

Coming to the downtown
district in 2012 is a new green space with a pavilion, a restaurant, walking trails, a dog park, water features and more. Woodall Rodgers Park will connect the Dallas Center for Performing Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the future Museum of Nature and Science.
 
Meeting Hotels:
 About 30,000 hotel rooms are within Dallas proper, and 73,000 rooms are in the metro area. For more information, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Dallas Con­vention Center; exhibit space, 1,018,942 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 88; (214) 939-2700; dallasconventioncenter.com

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

Love Field, nine miles from downtown. Transfer by taxi, $18; by shuttle, $19

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

The Dallas ArboretumLarge Group Venues: Go for elegance among the flowers at the Dallas Arboretum, which overlooks White Rock Lake. Events of all sizes can be held in the park's numerous venues, including the DeGolyer Estate, which was built in 1940, and Rosine Hall, which holds 600 theater-style. (214) 515-6500; dallasarboretum.org

Fine food and fine surroundings define events at the Nasher Sculpture Center. While the building and grounds offer plenty of space for groups, the best site probably is the art-filled garden, with its reflecting pools and lily ponds. Up to 500 people can enjoy a dinner under the stars or 1,200 for a reception; the delicacies are provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. (214) 242-5100; nashersculpturecenter.org

CVB Services: Dallas Con­vention & Visitors Bureau, (214) 571-1000; visitdallas.com