JAN 2016

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 43 T E X A S additional meeting rooms, a full catering kitchen and a mini food court. Additionally, a $175 million development plan to enhance Fort Worth's iconic Stockyards National Historic District Development will add two or more "festival districts" and possibly establish meeting spaces and hotels in each of them. Fort Worth Meeting Space: • Fort Worth Convention Center: 250,000 square feet of exhibit space; 60,000 square feet of meeting space; 41 breakout rooms • Fort Worth Convention Center Arena: 13,500 seats • Will Rogers Memorial Center: 100,000 square feet of meeting space • American Airlines Training & Conference Center: 75,000 square feet of meeting space; 75 meeting rooms; 300 guest rooms • Omni Fort Worth Hotel: 68,000 square feet of function space • The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel: 57,000 square feet of meeting space • Norris Conference Center/Sundance Square: 40,000 square feet of meeting space • Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa: 22,000 square feet of meeting space, 430 guest rooms • Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle: 22,000 square feet of meeting space, 286 guest rooms Plano About 20 miles north of Dallas, Plano dates to the 1840s and today boasts a charming down- town area lined with authentic brick streets, restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries. The city also features 3,700 acres of outdoor recre- ation venues. "Plano offers meeting planners three very attractive amenities in its convenient location, a variety of meeting facilities, and easily accessi- ble dining and entertainment options," said Mark Thompson, director of Visit Plano. "Our Historic Downtown Plano area and Legacy Town Center venue are a perfect blend of unique shopping, dining and entertainment along with multiple venues that can host meetings and events to ac- commodate any size group." Legacy West, Plano's prominent 250-acre re- tail, dining and entertainment area will add a new 304-room Renaissance Hotel, which is expected to open in early 2017. "Plano offers an extensive choice of affordable hotel room accommodations to complement meetings and convention activities at the hotel properties or at the full-service Plano Centre, the city's convention center property," noted Thomp- son. Overall, Plano offers more than 5,000 hotel rooms. Meeting facilities include the Plano Centre with 122,500 square feet of meeting space and the 404-room Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, with 32,000 square feet of meeting space. The Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park pro- vides 30,000 square feet of meeting space and two ballrooms. Irving Irving, about 13 miles west of Dallas and conveniently adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth ➤ · The San Luis Hotel, Spa & Conference Center is a fully accredited IACC conference facility · State-of-the art audio-visual technology · Customizable, out-of-the-box team building exercises for groups of all sizes · Our sales team can coordinate a complete meeting package at any of our meeting facilities · Unparalleled views of the Gulf with two-story foor-to-ceiling windows · Less than an hour drive from Houston 32-ACRE BEACHFRONT RESORT • 700 GUEST ROOMS • 10 RESTAURANTS 409.744.1500 409.744.5000 409.740.5300 409.941.1010 WH ER E TH E COAST L INE INS P IR ES YOUR B OTTOM L INE T H E S A N L U I S R E S O R T

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