There’s a new kid on the block with one heck of a storied past: Renaissance Saint Elm Dallas Downtown Hotel is now open for business. The 177-room hotel opened in February and features Brasserie Toussaint, serving French cuisine with Asian flare. Additional amenities include Café Toussaint, a 24/7 fitness center, and 5,600 square feet of meeting and event space.

Owned by developer John Kirtland and managed by Azul Hospitality Group, the downtown hotel occupies the historic Tower Petroleum Building, which originally opened in 1932. Over the past 90 years, the building served as home to Tower Theater (which was part of Theater Row on Elm Street), FBI offices and Cambria Downtown Dallas.

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.