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What Makes Visit Conroe Special

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Calling their office “small but mighty,” the team at Visit Conroe includes Director Shannon Overby, Servicing Coordinator Rebekah Kolb, Group Sales Manager Alex Zavoyna, and Marketing Manager Jodi Willard. The four provided Texas Meetings + Events with a glimpse into their daily operations

M+E: What does the Visit Conroe team love about promoting Conroe?

Hill Country Introduces Team-Building Course

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Looking for a new team-building challenge? Miraval Austin has you covered. The 220-acre resort has introduced its three-tiered challenge course, adding six new activities to the resort’s outdoor adventure offerings. The course features tightropes, balance beams, and log crossings, and boasts 29 unique features that encourage groups to leave their comfort zones behind as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

The Driskill Hotel's Legendary Clientele

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Built in 1886, The Driskill in downtown Austin has been heralded as one of the finest hotels in the country. Wealthy cattle baron Jesse Driskill built the hotel at a cost of $400,000—the equivalent of $12 million today. His goal was to build a grand hotel in the then-frontier town that would rival those in New York and San Francisco. Newly elected Texas governor Sul Ross chose The Driskill for his inaugural ball, and a tradition was born. Subsequent governors William P. Hobby, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, Dan Moody, John Connally, and Ann Richards all held their inaugural balls at the hotel.

Howling Good Times

Construction has begun on MUTTS Canine Cantina, a self-described pet entertainment brand located in Austin. Slated to open later this year, MUTTS is not only an outdoor, dog-friendly bar and grill but also a private, membership-based off-leash dog park.

No dog? No problem. Guests are welcome to enjoy the park with or without their canine buddies. The destination will include casual food (such as chicken sandwiches, fried pickles, milkshakes, and hamburgers), craft beer, its signature Barkarita margarita, and private event spaces able to host upward of 90 people.

Set Sail for Your Next Meeting

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As the desire for smaller meetings continues to grow in popularity, along with the need for alfresco options, the boat-sharing company Click&Boat has introduced a user-friendly interface that allows planners to select “floating” meeting spaces. Users can steer away from the typical boardroom or conference table and opt for boat and yacht rentals for gatherings of all sizes.

The Great Indoors

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Event planners often schedule meetings and events in natural places near wilderness areas, at waterfront resorts, and at mountain event spaces. But there are many ways to bring nature into your events by making use of the architectural concept of biophilic design, which can be defined as seeking to engage most people’s innate desires to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. If you think of yourself as an “event architect,” you can use nature to stimulate the senses.

Hospitality with Heart

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Ashley White finds her home in the industry.

From arranging familiarization trips and expediting RFPs to providing swag or planning assistance, convention and visitors bureaus are a tremendous resource for meeting and event planners. They serve as an invaluable team member when organizing an event outside of your home base. Ashley White, director of marketing for Visit The Woodlands, shares her path to and passion for CVBs and the hospitality industry.

What drew you to your career?

New Hires and Promotions

Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe has appointed Jennifer Perkins to its event management team. Previously, she served as the tennis and fitness manager at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Margaritaville Lake Resort also has promoted Peggy Bennett from retail manager to events manager. Bennett has been with the resort since it opened, managing the retail department, including inventory management, promotion, and training and scheduling staff.

Green Light for New Dallas Convention Center

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The Dallas City Council has approved plans for a new 2.5-million-square-foot convention center located adjacent to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The new center will feature 800,000 square feet of exhibit space and 400,000 square feet of breakout space, including a 100,000-square-foot ballroom. Construction on the $2 billion center is expected to begin in 2024 with completion in 2028. 

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