As business and leisure travel continues to boom in Austin, the city’s inventory of hotel rooms is rising to take advantage of the demand. Six new hotels opened in Austin in 2015, according to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, currently Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the Americas. Two more hotels will open in 2016, and five hotels are set to open in 2017
Gettysburg’s historic town and majestic countryside boasts beautiful fall foliage, an array of autumn events and is one of America’s top haunted destinations, making the fall season a great time to visit the region.
“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” says Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.
The Hub City has been welcoming guests with west Texas hospitality since the original settlement was founded in 1890. Home to Texas Tech University, multiple wineries and one of the largest collections of windmills on earth, Lubbock is attracting the attention of Texas meeting and event planners.
Texas' capital city may have emerged as a tourism darling in recent years, but a city just 25 miles north of Austin offers similar Hill Country charm while forgoing the crowds and traffic of the big city. Georgetown, founded in 1848, is home to Southwestern University and 50,000 residents. For visitors looking to experience the heart of Georgetown’s appeal, a trip to the historic downtown square should be the first order of business. Victorian-era buildings line what’s been called the most beautiful downtown square in Texas.
A friendly CVB, a new $27.5 million exhibition and dozens of existing meeting options create a winning combination in this urban region.
Known for its birds and butterflies, McAllen is a balmy meeting destination with charming convention space.
Nestled in the heart of America is one of the meeting industry’s most affordable gems: Kansas City, Missouri. This diverse, metropolitan city spanning the Kansas-Missouri border is less than a day’s drive from 55 million Americans, and Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast. Pair this convenient location with all-around affordability and a downtown revitalization, and Kansas City quickly becomes a must-book destination.
The Pocono Mountain’s true colors shine this time of year. Fall color flows through the region, and for many, this is a popular time for a scenic drive.
TreeTop Flyer Scenic Chairlift
Settled nearly two centuries ago on the banks of the Neches River, just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Beaumont has evolved from a sleepy farming community to a vibrant cultural melting pot. East Texas culture, influenced by the thick pine forests to the north, lends Deep South hospitality while the nearby Louisiana border infuses distinctly Cajun flair. Combined with the wildcatting spirit that put Beaumont on the map (Texas’ first big oil gusher spewed just south of town back in 1901), the city dances to a tune of its own.
The Civil War may be the first thing that comes to one’s mind when thinking of Gettysburg, but a close second should be the food offerings available to the nearly 3.7 million visitors and thousands of meeting and conference attendees each year.