• Fairmont Elevates Austin in City Events Market

     
    POSTED January 4, 2017
     

The Red River Canopy Walk is constructing a $6 million elevated passage in Austin. This will be the only pedestrian bridge that connects the Austin Convention Center directly to a hotel. The passageway between Fairmont Austin and the center will help bring in many high-profile events.

“Without Fairmont Austin and its connectivity to the Austin Convention Center, we simply would have never considered Austin a viable destination for our conference,” says Amy Phillips, CMP, senior director, meetings and events, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The synergy of these two facilities allows us to host our 3,000-delegate event in Austin, while the Central Business District location enables us to utilize multiple area hotels for our attendees.”

The 33-foot tall passage provides pedestrians with aerial views of Waller Creek and Palm Park as they travel between the 37-story hotel and the convention center.

“The Red River Canopy Walk provides an uncomplicated convention experience which will attract events that may have overlooked Austin in the past,” says Tom Voss, managing director of the hotel. “Fairmont Austin adds an element of style, service and sophistication that will enhance the Austin brand.”

Fairmont Austin offers more than 150,000 square feet of event space, including the Congressional Ballroom, which has 26,100 square feet, the 31,100-square-foot Manchester Ballroom, 23 executive meeting rooms, the seventh floor pool and event deck, and much more.

The Red River Canopy Walk will be completed by August 2017.

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”

 

The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom.