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.

When it comes to meeting at the Austin Convention Center, the numbers are forever in your favor. Let’s start with six. That’s how many full city blocks the convention center extends in the heart of the downtown business district. Or 12,000—the number of hotel rooms within a two-mile radius of the venue. Twenty-thousand is how many wireless devices that can be simultaneously connected, ensuring all of your guests won’t miss a meeting, Zoom call, presentation or email.  

 

South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic. 

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.