• IACC Certification Awarded to Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

    POSTED July 17, 2018

This August, the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center will be open to the public holding a new membership in IACC. This credential, better known as the International Association of Conference Centers, is an elite acknowledgement of stellar service and hospitality. As the only international association representing small-to-medium-sized venues, this membership includes thought leaders of the meetings and events industry.

In order to achieve this exclusive recognition, the Hotel and Conference Center had to demonstrate commitment to the highest standards across the board. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center has demonstrated throughout its planning stages that it is totally committed to delivering the IACC Meetings Experience. The property proved to exceed the criteria relating to its design, facilities, services, technology, and sustainability. “Membership in IACC is another mark of meeting excellence for our property as we strive to create the definitive ‘Aggieland Meeting Experience,’” says General Manager Greg Stafford.

This new hotel, located on the Texas A&M campus features eight stories, 252,000 square feet of facilities (including 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space), an 8,300-square-foot ballroom, 22 meeting rooms, and 250 guest rooms. As a member of IACC, this prestigious property will be a part of the Benchmark Resorts and Hotels brand under the management of BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company. 

The Hilton Americas-Houston hotel has appeared on the list of top 100 hotels in the United States by Cvent, an industry-leading event management technology company, for the second time.


Available through the end of August, Texican Court plans to beat the summer heat with its first-ever poptail program. 

The poptail, which combines premium spirits and popsicles, was introduced at Valencia Hotel Group properties back in 2016. Texican Court, the group’s boutique hotel, is thrilled to join the summer fun by adding the poptail program to its seasonal menu. 


Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.