JAN 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 52 T E X A S Recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Frisco is has more than 1,800 hotel rooms. Slated for completion in Fall 2016 is the new $350 million Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Multi- Use Event Center. The facility will include a 12,000-seat stadium and a 558,000-square- foot multi-use event center, The Ford Center at The Star, and a new hotel. Nearby, the Frisco Conference Center and Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa sit adjacent to the 10,300-capacity Dr Pepper Ballpark. Phase I of another multi-use property, The Forum at Wade Park, is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016 and will feature hotels, restaurants, upscale shopping and, by 2018, a 175-room luxury Hotel ZaZa. It will also include a 350-room executive con- ference hotel and an upscale limited-service hotel. Frisco's museum district is home to the Frisco Heritage Museum and the Museum of the American Railroad. The National Video Game Museum and National Soccer Hall of Fame will open in 2018. "The hospitality of Frisco, Texas, is second to none," said Marla Roe, executive director of the Frisco CVB. "You'll find great meetings hotels like the Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club and the Embassy Suites hotel, which has the fourth-largest ballroom in Texas. With more than 124,000 square feet of meeting space in total, there is a spectrum of meeting options for your meeting, big or small." "Frisco has over 500 new rooms under construction right now, including the new Omni Hotel," Roe added. "Set to open in late Spring 2017, the Omni Hotel will fea- ture 300 rooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, and will be attached to the Ford Center at The Star. Also on their way to Frisco are a new Hotel ZaZa and Langham Hotels & Resorts, which are both set to open in 2018." Frisco Meeting Space: • Frisco Conference Center: 90,000 square feet of meeting and event space • Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa: 230 suites; • The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club: 17,000 square feet of indoor meet- ing space; 300 guest rooms • North Texas Enterprise Center: 50,000-square-foot facility n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Frisco The Star Frisco Contact: and Spa, with a 36-hole golf course, six-acre water park, and 265,000 square feet of event space; and La Cantera Hill Country Resort, with traditional guest rooms and suites plus private casitas and more than 115,000 square feet of in- door and outdoor event space. San Antonio Meeting Space: • La Villita Historic Arts Village: 150-person indoor reception capacity and up to 25,000 for outdoor events • Cowboys Dance Hall: 70,000-square-foot complex accommodates up to 4,000 • Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk: 410 guest rooms; 37,000 square feet of event space • El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel: 306 guest rooms; 37,000 square feet of function space • Sheraton Gunter Hotel: 322 guest rooms; maximum banquet seating for 500 • Hyatt Regency San Antonio: 629 guest rooms; 40,000 square feet of event space • Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade: 326 guest rooms; seating for 1,085 Seguin The historic Park Plaza Hotel Seguin reopened in December 2015 as a boutique hotel with 35 guest rooms and suites, restaurant, rooftop gar- den and meeting room. The hotel can seat up to 100 for dinners in the Grand Ballroom or host up to 200 for a reception in the Lower Lobby. Smaller meeting rooms accommodate up to 20. According to the Seguin CVB, visitors will find the state's oldest licensed bar, one of the world's largest holiday nutcracker collections, historical attractions including a 6,000-year-old archeological dig and many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors by foot, bike or kayak. New Braunfels Founded by German immigrants in 1845, New Braunfels combines old-world heritage with small-town charm. Unique meeting and event sites include the Art Deco-styled Faust Hotel and Brewing Company; John Newcombe Tennis Ranch that can accommodate up to 200; and T Bar M Resort and Conference Center with 12,000 square feet of event space, including theater and auditorium space, classrooms and banquet rooms. The city's newly renovated Civic/Convention Center has 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. The facility includes an exhibit hall, ballroom, five breakout rooms and courtyard. Other meeting and event space in New Braunfels includes the 139-room Ramada New Braunfels, with 2,730 square feet of event space; Hilton Garden Inn, with 103 guest rooms and 2,512 square feet of meeting rooms; and the 72-room Wingate by Wyndham, with 992 square feet of event space. Fredericksburg Meeting attendees will find 150 years of history in downtown Fredericksburg, a walkable com- munity with dozens of shops, restaurants and galleries. In the surrounding Texas Hill Country, Dallas Cowboys/Frisco CVB

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