The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, part of Marriott International, opened its doors on March 30. Located next to the Irving Convention  Center and Toyota Music Factory, the hotel features 350 guest rooms with floorto-ceiling windows and approximately 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including the Harmony Grand and Melody ballrooms, the Rhythm and Cadence boardrooms, and a main event lawn and an event lawn at the pool deck. Additional amenities include a fitness studio, outdoor pool and dining options, such as Craft Coffee Shop, Vibe—a pool and deck bar—and Mesa Mezcal, a modern Mexican restaurant.

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

When it comes to planning events, planners must be choosy when determining the venue. Setting priorities like location, size, and technological capabilities sets them up for a successful event, but often forces them to weed out dozens of venues due to their limitations. Although sometimes, a venue comes along that provides the perfect location, high-speed technology, and much more without having to compromise.