As a Midwesterner from Missouri, my impressions before coming to Dallas were “all things cowboy.” Home on the Range. America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys. JR Ewing and cowboy boots.
However, when I went to work for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in December of 2010, the real Dallas proved to be quite an eye opener:
I was amazed at how BIG Dallas is. As the nation’s ninth-largest city, it’s part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area that 20 Fortune 500 companies call home.
From a business travel perspective, it’s a dream. More than 2,000 daily flights through DFW Airport and Love Field make Dallas a major hub for the U.S. and the world. It’s why Qantas, Virgin American, Spirit and others have just introduced new service here.
Need meeting/event and tradeshow space? Gotcha covered. More than 70,000 hotel rooms are found throughout the Dallas area and the new Omni Dallas hotel connected to our Dallas Convention Center debuts in November of this year! The Dallas Convention Center offers more than a million square feet of exhibit space and the Big D has other big options as well – Dallas Market Center, American Airlines Center and Fair Park, to name a few. And, as a right-to-work state, doing business here is easy.
Dallas is also‘movin and shakin’. It’s one of the most construction happy cities in the U.S. right now and that says a lot in light of the nation’s recent economic challenges. For years, everyone has joked that the (construction) crane is the state bird. Even two years ago during the downturn, there were more than 20 on the downtown skyline. You may not see quite as many on your next visit, but it’s because more than $14 billion in development has just been completed or is underway. Just ask me about The Park (2012), The Perot Museum of Nature & Science (2013) and the Trinity River Corridor Project (2015). From a sales perspective, this entire fresh product gives us a seemingly endless supply of new venues to show meeting planners looking for ways to keep their conventions “evergreen” for their attendees.
It’s hip, trendy and fun. More than 14 entertainment districts provide unique food, music and customs. The diversity in Dallas – a surprise to many – adds a special flair to the experience. We have five major professional sports teams and more than 200 golf courses in the area – with moderate year-round weather! Downtown has the largest arts district in the nation. It’s diverse, international and progressive in its cultures, cuisine and religions. It’s cosmopolitan – a shopper’s dream come true. It’s cultural – one of the best collections of modern art and sculpture, an internationally renowned symphonic music director and the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain are just a few of the hidden jewels in Dallas.
And I’ve been particularly impressed with how friendly everyone is. Whether you’re “home grown” or, as they say, “got to Dallas as fast as you could”, there’s a real sense of community and a feeling that the sky is literally the limit.
AND don’t forget, the Dallas CVB is here to make your job easier! After I work with you to specifically tailor your site inspection to the needs of your program and your attendees, I’ll pick you up from your direct flight at the world’s third-busiest airport in my four-wheeled “steed” to experience the “Dallas Difference.” I’ll make sure you’ll see Dallas…as they’ll see Dallas…inside and out. I will arrange your appointments, expertly manage your itinerary, and accompany you on your hotel and venue selections. I can provide you with a wealth of contacts and connections to make your job a whole lot easier, because my job is to make sure when we’re finished with the site, you’ll have had the opportunity to see exactly how Dallas lives up to its motto; “Live Large. Think Big.™”