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JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact FOR T WOR T H EDITOR'S HOT PICKS Fort Worth CVB The historic Fort Worth Stockyards Go North For Stockyards, Golf & Lakes Located 15 minutes north of downtown Fort Worth, the city of Grapevine offers more than 11,000 rooms and is home to three golf courses that are ranked among the top 50 in the U.S. "Grapevine continues to grow its hospitality opportunities for planners, attendees as well as leisure travelers," said Leigh Lyons, communi- cations manager with the Grapevine CVB. The city recently debuted a new tions Martha Neibling noted that last year's open- ing of Paradise Springs was providing groups with a "new and exciting option for planning outdoor affairs." The western-themed 10-acre resort pool and lazy river complex houses a full-service pool bar and grill, quick-order concession stand and poolside menus. Yeehaw! Glockenspiel Clock Tower in the heart of its historic downtown. "The Glockenspiel is home to two larger-than-life, nine-foot tall char- acters, known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors," Lyons said. Located 75-feet in the air within the Clock Tower, these figures emerge each day shortly before the stroke of noon and 6 p.m. to attempt the perfect heist. The Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine completed a meeting space renovation in 2011 and is gearing up to update soft goods in guest rooms this summer, according to Jessica Stithem, director of sales and marketing. Located on 40 acres, the property ranks in the top 10% of Hilton Guest Service Scores for all Hilton Americas properties, and more than 60% of the properties staff has longevity of five years or more. The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Cen- ter is also located in Grapevine, offering four-and- a-half acres of lush indoor gardens and winding waterways always maintained at a comfortable 72 degrees. Director of Marketing and Public Rela- www.con v entionsouth.com The Fort Worth Stock- yards is a historic dis- trict, which continues to celebrate the Fort Worth area's long tradition in the cattle industry. Also available in Grapevine for meeting groups is the Grapevine Convention Center, the Embassy Suites Outdoor World at DFW North and Great Wolf Lodge. Located just five minutes from downtown Fort Worth, the Radis- son Fort Worth Fossil Creek is just minutes from Texas Motor Speed- way, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk. The prop- erty can accommodate groups of up to 1,000. Also available in the northern part of Fort Worth are the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle and the Norris Confer- ence Center, both able to accommodate groups of 500 or more. Located in the city of Westlake, the Deloitte University Conference Center opened in 2011, of- fering state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a hotel. The 700,000-square-foot facility features 35 classrooms, a ballrooms and business center. The Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana is also located in Westlake and offers a boutique, contem- porary atmosphere. The property is situated near upscale shopping and a business district. Meeting space is available for groups of up to 770.■ FORT WORTH and the surrounding communities offer Western culture at its best! Plus, the city of Fort Worth is ideal for groups with numerous places to meet and ways to get around. Molly the Trolley is a free shuttle service that serves downtown Fort Worth and links the convention center and nearby hotels. TOP PICK: Fort Worth CVB (817) 336-8791 www.fortworth.com "Put the money back into your meetings budget by asking your sales representative about the Fort Worth Meal Deal!" HOT SPOTS IN THE VICINITY: The city of Denton is located 36 miles north of Fort Worth and is known for its museum, music, art and antiques, according to Dana Lodge, vice president of the Denton CVB. www.discoverdenton.com Arlington CVB www.arlington.org City of Hurst www.hurstcc.com Glen Rose CVB www.glenrosetexas.net Granbury CVB www.granburytx.com Grapevine CVB www.grapevinetexasusa.com FORT WORTH IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the Fort Worth area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more. JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 49

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