• Woodlands Resort and Conference Center Presents Natural Beauty to its Guests

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Woodlands Resort and Conference Center Presents Natural Beauty to its Guests

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Woodlands Resort and Conference Center Presents Natural Beauty to its Guests

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is built to impress. With 194 miles of hiking and biking trails, 21 tennis courts and a water attraction sure to rival any resort in the nation (including a 1,005-foot lazy river and four swimming pools), meeting attendees will love you for selecting it.

A recently completed $75 million expansion and renovation has made The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center more attractive than ever, and this is quite a statement, considering its serene and natural location. It’s not unusual to see guests watching birds catch fish from the waterway that runs adjacent to many of the meeting rooms.

The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center offers 60,000 square feet of updated meeting room space that exceed the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers, resulting in high-tech meeting rooms—most with panoramic views of lakes or woods—that are as comfortable as they are flexible. There is a 13,430-square-foot Grand Ballroom in addition to the resort’s 33 dedicated meeting rooms equipped with plush and ergonomic conference chairs, and its concierge floor with boardroom and private hospitality event space.

Dedicated conference planners can help coordinate on-site teambuilding events, ranging from themed Texas barbecue parties to golf tournaments and chef competitions that include the resort’s own take on Iron Chef or gourmet pizza.

When meeting attendees aren’t escaping to the modern luxury in one of The Woodlands’ 406 new or renovated guest rooms and suites, they can take advantage of one of the resort’s recreational amenities.

For some, this may mean renting a bicycle to explore the resort’s trails, pairing up for a tennis match, spending an afternoon slipping down waterslides or relaxing in The Spa.

For others, it may mean working up a sweat in the fitness center or spending a day on one of two championship golf courses. Panther Trail is the resort’s signature course, boasting small undulating greens, gently rolling fairways and tall Carolina pines lining every hole. The Oaks Course is another option that offers a challenge for all golfing skill levels. 

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.