Most people don’t realize how big Texas is until they make the
drive from either Texarkana to El Paso ( 13 hours) or
Stratford to Brownsville ( 14 hours). Within this
giant state are several distinct geographical
regions: North Central (prairies and
lakes), the Panhandle, East Texas
(Piney Woods), West Texas (Big Bend
Country), the Hill Country, the Gulf
Coast and South Texas.
With all this space, spice and variety,
the Texas meeting and event industry
The Westin Galleria Dallas completed a multimillion-dollar “refresher” in October. This work overhauled all 448
guest rooms and 10 suites as well as the lobby,
restaurant and 54,000 square feet of meeting
space. Perhaps of most interest for business
travelers, the guest room additions include
new lighting ;ixtures with USB charging ports.
Just a short drive through Frisco amazes
you with the amount of growth and expansion
occurring—and was ranked No. 4 this year
as one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. The
300-room Omni Frisco Hotel is slated to open
in June 2017, attaching to The Star in Frisco.
The new Omni will have 25,000 square feet of meeting space,
including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. On the fourth ;loor,
a rooftop pool deck will be able to host up to 400 guests, sharing views of the development’s plaza and the Ford Center.
The Star development is centered around the Dallas
Cowboys World Headquarters (opened in August) and the
12,000-seat Ford Center and is part of Frisco’s $5 billion mile,
which also includes Frisco Station, The Gate and the upcom-
ing Wade Park.
Other hotels scheduled for completion include Hotel
Indigo and Drury Inn and Suites, both opening in summer
2017. In 2018, construction for Hotel ZaZa at Wade Park will