Centrally located between Fort Worth and Dallas, Grapevine, Texas has been selected as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020 by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the conference, scheduled for June 6-9, 2020 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
Hilton Americas–Houston is the only Hilton property in the world to have earned the distinction of the 2017 Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years. This annual award is given to hotels who embody excellence by providing over the top guest service through authentic Hilton hospitality. Since 2011, Hilton Americas–Houston has been recognized as a superior performing hotel among all Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center’s 30,000 square foot expansion is now open in downtown Austin.
The new addition includes the 15,000-square-foot Zlotnik Family Ballroom and 5,000 square feet of pre-function space. Nine meeting rooms and a banquet kitchen make up the remaining 10,000 square feet.
The City of Houston set another record year in convention sales. Visit Houston announced that for the third straight year, a large number of room nights, tied to future conventions, were booked in 2017.
Houston First, which operates in partnership with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau under the brand name “Visit Houston,” is responsible for bringing conventions and tourism to the city.
The U.S. News & World Report magazine released its Best Hotel Rankings for 2018 and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas was named #1 hotel in Dallas and in Texas overall. The highly-respected organization ranked more than 24,000 hotels across the USA, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and Europe.
The Statler, a historic Dallas hotel, has announced Adrian Nieto will join their team as the director of sales.
Nieto looks forward to being part of the newest chapter of the Statler Hotel’s story.
“There are over 60 years of wonderful stories, and memorabilia in and around the building. The opportunity to be an ambassador of The Statler Dallas, and share this wealth of information, is exciting,” said Nieto.
Nieto has the opportunity to move The Statler, and the hotel industry, forward.
Cambria Dallas Downtown partially opened in late 2017, and will now be completely open on March 1st. The new modern hotel is located in the iconic Tower Petroleum Building. John Kirtland, a Dallas-based real estate developer saw potential in the vintage building that was originally built in 1931. Embracing the building’s history, Kirtland purchased the Tower Petroleum building and neighboring Corrigan Tower.
Metro Public Works recently announced the start of a new glass recycling initiative to being in Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN.
Mayor Megan Barry said it was the city’s first glass bottle recycling initiative. “Lower Broadway has become an international tourist destination, and long-neck bottles are now synonymous with the honky-tonk experience,” Barry said. “For too long, we’ve had to throw away glass that could have been recycled and repurposed. This program is like no other, and we are excited to lead the charge toward a more sustainable city.”
Dagar’s Catering started as a family owned and operated cafe in 1952, and was founded by the late Freddie Dagar. The Dagar’s menu began very humbly, offering barbecue, barbecue, and more barbecue. Located on Austin’s historic Sixth Street, the company soon earned a reputation for providing tasty food and customer service that was second-to-none. In the mid 1970s, Dagar transitioned the company to catering weddings and events.
Following Hurricane Harvey, events took a hit. Now one local business is hopeful for a quick recovery.
Steven David founded his photography business, Houston Event Photo Booth, in 1997. Over the past few years, demand for event photography at fundraisers, expositions, conferences and corporate meetings has grown. And David’s business has grown along with that increased demand—at least until Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August.