Destination: Austin Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
PO Box 141009, Austin, Texas,
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Whether you need to discover a great vacation spot for a client or an inspirational location for your next convention, Texas is the perfect place. For big business or big fun, there’s no place like the Lone Star State.
By Steve Winston
April 23, 2013
This is hallowed ground.
It’s quiet now. But if you listen closely you can hear them, the men from both sides who gave their lives for their cause here. You can also hear the cannons bellowing across the centuries, belching flame and death with every explosion.
By Jennie Nunn
August 30, 2012
Mention the word “Texas,” and three things immediately come to mind: spicy chili, leather cowboy boots and the Alamo. But aside from its warm climate, friendly residents and Southwest charm, there’s much more to the Lone Star State than meets the eye. From the idyllic setting of San Antonio’s River Walk and Austin’s famous live music scene to the state’s oldest modern art museum in Forth Worth to a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and fishing, it’s no surprise Texas is a top destination for meeting planners and hosts several world conferences each year.
By Nikki Gloudeman
April 30, 2012
City dwellers often talk in neighborhood terms: "Let’s go shopping in SoMa." "Meet you in SoHo." "Have you been to that new Italian restaurant in the Warehouse District?"
By Kendra Strey
August 29, 2011
It’s no secret that Texas is big. In fact, most of the Atlantic seaboard could fit inside its boundaries. But this is good news for meeting planners—it means more options. “Our hotel rates and food and beverage charges are competitive, and our central location is convenient for companies that fly in delegates from both coasts—or internationally,” says Dean Conwell of the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus
By Jessie Fetterling
July 27, 2011
Where creativity reigns
By Talia Salem
August 03, 2010
Until you have stepped foot in Austin, it may be hard to imagine how big a deal music really is in this city. It’s as if every street, hotel, nightclub, music venue (nearly 200 of them) and restaurant has its own soundtrack that blares loudly in the foreground or hums unobtrusively in the background. (Live music even greets you at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with a stage and regular acts playing next to Ray Benson’s Roadhouse on the concourse level.)
Learn about Austin for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 168
Total Hotel Rooms: 26,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 158
Local Convention Centers: Austin Convention Center
Local Airports: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Local CVB: Austin CVB
Friendly, quirky, youth-driven Austin is one of the nation’s most refreshingly spontaneous cities—so much so that its local-business slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” Its other catchphrase, Live Music Capital of the World, is also deserved, putting it on par with meccas like Nashville, in part thanks to the Austin City Limits TV show. On downtown’s Sixth Street, several blocks of bars and clubs with performing bands attract crowds nightly.
But Austin isn’t just about the music. The city’s personality is continually evolving. There’s always a new restaurant, new bar, or new art exhibit to check out; at longtime landmark University of Texas (home of the Longhorns football team) you’ll find the nation’s largest university-owned art collection, at theBlanton Museum of Art. As Austin is also birthplace and home base of Dell Computers, there’s a thriving tech element as well. Film directors likewise love the place; MovieMaker magazine recently added Austin to its “Top 10 Cities to Live, Work and Make Movies,” and the interdisciplinary South By Southwest (SXSW) festival draws hordes of movie, tech and music lovers each spring.
So while the music is legendary, other interesting folks have clearly been invited to the party, guaranteeing this place will be keepin’ it weird for quite a while.