JUN 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS DALLAS/FORT WORTH TOP PICKS: Frisco CVB (877) 463-7472; "Frisco offers over 120,000 square feet of meeting space, including the third largest ballroom in Texas." McKinney Texas CVB (888) 649-8499; Quaint and vibrant historic downtown, new Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, lush nature areas and unique venues, perfect for small meetings and events. Plano Centre (972) 941-5840; Listed among the Top Ten Southern Cities for Meetings, Plano's full-service convention center is sure to meet the budget, style, and objective of your event. See Ad on page 20. Visit Plano (800) 81-plano; Our seasoned staff knows how to make meetings go as planned as well as they know Plano. Plus, our pros will assist you with lodging arrangements, transportation, event logistics and catering services. FOLLOW UP: Dallas CVB; Fort Worth CVB; DALLAS/FORT WORTH Visit for more about Dallas/Fort Worth through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos & more. D A L L A S / F O R T W O R T H J U N E 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 49 guests. Connected to the conference center, the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco/Hotel, Conven- tion Center & Spa is an all-suite hotel, providing meeting attendees convenient access to the many restaurants, bars, shopping and sports facilities in the area. The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, located just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, offers an upscale yet comfortable atmosphere for business gatherings and high-tech conferences. Featuring an award-winning Tom Fazio 18-hole championship golf course, the hotel offers 24,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Its sister hotel, the Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel, has 119 rooms of Four-Diamond-style amenities. New restaurant, retail, and spa service offerings are within walking distance, as are Frisco's Hall Office Park and Plano's Legacy Park develop- ment. The newly expanded property offers a comprehensive meetings package. Aloft Hotel Frisco, a Starwood brand hotel, has 136 guest rooms and can accommodate small meetings on site. PLENTY OF CHOICES IN PLANO Recognized as one of the best places to live in the entire country (by areavibes) and designated as America's safest city (by Forbes magazine), Plano is easily accessible from the Dallas/ FortWorth International Airport, and is within a 30-minute drive of most of the major attractions, sports venues, shopping, and entertainment options in the Greater Dallas market. Known for being a walkable city, it's also on the DART light rail line. Plano boasts a convention facility that was recognized in 2013, by Official Best Of, as Texas' best meeting and event venue. The Plano Centre is a full-service, multi-purpose facility located near a variety of hotels and restaurants, shopping malls, historic downtown Plano, numerous golf courses, both public and private, and the world-famous Southfork Ranch. PLACES TO STAY IN PLANO With more than 5,000 hotel rooms available, Plano offers everything from economical, budget-friendly lodging to the ultimate in luxury resort accommodations. This includes the Aloft Hotel Plano, the Cambria Suites Plano-Legacy, which opened recently near the Shoppes at Legacy, and features oversized suites. The new NYLO Hotel is the first in its group of urban- style lodging with modern amenities and high design. The Southfork Hotel, sister property to Southfork Ranch of "Dallas" fame, offers tradi- tional elegance and Texas-style hospitality. n Plano Centre • Great location in walkable downtown area, with convenient nearby amenities • 122,500 square feet of meeting facility • 21,600 square feet of column-free exhibit space • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems • On-site, full-service catering • 17 break-out rooms • Full-service business center • Free parking for 750 cars • Green Meetings certification PLANO CENTRE AT A GLANCE Photo courtesy of Plano CVB

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