• Meetings Go High-Tech and Global at AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Technology High in Austin

Located on the edge of the University of Texas at Austin campus, just minutes from downtown Austin, The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center now offers personalized iPads in each guest room, allowing guests to do everything from order room service to explore the city of Austin, all with the touch of a finger. And the tech doesn’t stop there.

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center meeting rooms are equipped with high-definition laser projectors, high-speed bandwidth (300mb up and 300mb down), wired and wireless internet connectivity, ethernet data ports and built-in audio-visual capabilities. The venue’s 300-seat amphitheater has a 12-panel ultra-clear digital multimedia wall with screen segmentation, picture-in-picture and other video capabilities. The Center also has a stateof-the-art telepresence technology that enables conference or meeting participants to collaborate face to face, nationally or globally, with up to 48 locations. Now that’s a meeting planner’s paradise. 

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.