JAN 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 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 El Paso Skyline at night a variety of options for meetings and events. Attendees can enjoy the city's rich history, a vintage Texas experience and unique event venues with all the modern-day technology necessary to operate a first-class meeting or event. The Grapevine CVB can help plan visits to winery tasting rooms and assist with access to entertainment venues, such as the historic Palace Theater. (For more information, see Breakout Spotlight on page 54.) Irving Adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Irving has more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 12,000 sleeping rooms. The city is about 13 miles west of Dallas and a new segment of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Orange Line now connects the country's longest light-rail system to the world's third-busiest airport. Along the way is the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. A $110 million, 350-room Westin convention center hotel with 16,000 square feet of meeting space will mark the completion of the conven- tion district in 2019. The Irving Music Factory at Las Colinas, a $173 million urban lifestyle center, will create 250,000 square feet of mixed-use entertain- ment and hospitality space when it opens in September 2017. An 8,000-seat indoor/outdoor amphitheater called The Pavilion will feature a 50,000-square-foot plaza with a stage that will host everything from farmers' markets to fashion shows. "Irving has made its mark as a city 'built for business' which has really helped us grow over the years – our adjacency to DFW Airport and proximity to Love Field have helped make that mark very definitive," said Maura Allen Gast, executive director of the Irving CVB. "We are in the midst of an exciting transformation that will elevate us a place 'built for play' as well. The Texas Musicians Museum opened in July 2015, and by late 2017, the Irving Music Fac- tory and Water Street developments will have opened, repositioning who we are and what we have to offer." Irving Meeting Space: • Irving Convention Center at Las Coli- nas: 90,000 square feet of meeting space • Irving Arts Center: 24,360 square feet of meeting space • Oasis Ballroom: 20,000 square feet of ► Steven Green Photography

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