APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact AUSTIN Austin Planning Tips For just $1, Austin's Capital Metro offers direct airport bus service via a dedicated route that travels between the airport and downtown, the Capitol and The University of Texas. ■ Flying Easy Interactive Tool Answers That Must Ask Question— What Music Spot To Hit Up? Looking for a cool live music venue for attendees to hang out at after hours? The Austin CVB has a detailed inter- active map (along with other music- based resources like hiring a musician) on its website www.Austin- Search by location with city districts highlighted and hover over each guitar icon to get a pop-up box with details such as phone number and website link. This tool makes find- ing a place to jam away the night as easy as click, click, click. ■ Austin-Bergstrom Interna- tional Airport (ABIA) is keeping up with increased demands and set a record in 2011 with more than 9 million passengers, said Jim Halbrook, public information program manager. "In March 2011, ABIA added more security screen- ing lanes that improved the traffic flow. Incoming passen- gers now exit through a sepa- rate pathway, which takes them past the live music stage and art galleries, adding to an extra-special Austin welcome." BTW, the airport hosts 15 live music shows per week. ■ EDITOR'S HOT PICKS AUSTIN gets one of our highest rec- ommendations as a meeting hot spot. The CVB really knows how to engage the needs of todayʼs meeting planners and groups, and they are not just seek- ing that big convention business either, but are working with groups of all types and of all sizes. But if youʼre looking for a slower-paced spot, we also have our eye on BAS- TROP. Just 30 minutes from Austin, this charming historic gem has a new convention center and is making its way on the meetingsʼ scene. Follow up with these CVBs: Austin CVB City of Bastrop Texas (512) 332-8981 "Come visit us in the Most Historic Small Town in Texas...Bastrop, In the Heart of History & Hospitality." Follow up with these hot spots: Austin Convention Center (512) 404-4200 "We're a LEED® Gold certified premier facility in the heart of the capital city's downtown." The Driskill Hotel (512) 474-5911 Omni Austin Hotel Southpark (512) 383-2611 Peer Review: What Planners Like You Say "Austin is a great city for an event. Lots of great venues for entertainment and well priced in terms of food and beverage, hotel and travel," said Tammy Thurmon, CMP, executive director, Giant Screen Cinema Association. The group held its annual International Conference and Trade Show in Austin last September with more than 400 delegates from around the world in attendance. The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges brought its 1,200-attendee event to Austin for the first time in 2011, and Keven Dockter, conference coordinator, had high praise for the Austin CVB. "They were very easy to work with and provided excellent service. Austin is great place for very good food and has many things for attendees to do outside the conference activities. Trans- portation to/from the airport and in the city was quite good, and the Hilton Austin did a fabulous job on our conference meeting our every need." ■ www.con v AUSTIN IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Austin area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more. APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 35

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