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    Down Home in Downtown Abilene

     
    POSTED February 14, 2022
     

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

The new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel will bring 17,000 square feet of meeting space, 200 rooms of lodging, full-service dining, a pool deck, rooftop bar, and other heart-warming amenities to the heart of Abilene's bustling arts and business district. Guests and convention-goers can stay within walking distance of event venues, restaurants, breweries, shops, museums, and the city's famous storybook sculpture collection. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months, with an opening date projected to be in Spring 2023.

Adding lodging to the development mix in downtown Abilene has been a longtime goal for the city. The area's renaissance started 30 years ago with the revival of vital historical landmarks, cultural venues and meeting spaces, entertainment, dining, and retail. Residential followed, and that urban lifestyle has launched Abilene into a top draw for entrepreneurial millennials.

Abilene is big on culture and affordability, and both come with a Texas-sized serving of hospitality. A meeting or event in Abilene will bring out the West in you. Discover your pioneering spirit by exploring new options to create memorable meetings. You can also rely on the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau for help with meeting planning, registration, tours, activities, and so much more.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

 

Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.

 

Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.