It is no secret that Austin, TX is the place to be for anything related to music, technology, politics, and the outdoors. This beautiful and fun city has experienced great job and population growth over the past several years with no signs of slowing down. As if Austin’s tranquil Town Lake, the Texas State Capitol, and Zilker Park as the backdrop for your event aren’t enough, here are 6 reasons why you should choose Austin for your next corporate event.
Austin is centrally located making travel convenient to fellow Texans. The city is less than 200 miles away from Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio in the heart of the state. Austin is also equally accessible to travelers from around the country and globe. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport serves over 40 non-stop and 82 direct destinations. It was even voted Best Domestic Airport in the United States by the Airports Council International in 2010 and ranked Number 5 on Travel + Leisure’s list of best domestic airports in 2015. Once guests arrive in the city, transportation has never been easier or more affordable. Whether opting for the $0.50 direct airport bus, or one of the many public buses making as many as 3,000 stops around the city, getting around is never a concern.
Unique and Accommodating Venues
When you choose Austin, you will have the capacity to host any size event – from intimate corporate gatherings to large association conferences. In Austin, you will not be short on choices when finding the perfect venue .If you’re planning a corporate event in need of accommodating a large group, the Austin Convention Center leads the city’s meeting options with 900,000 conveniently located across the street from Hilton Austin and two blocks away from the new JW Marriott Austin. The convention center brings in numerous meetings, events, and conventions each year, but there’s also some unique Austin event venues for smaller crowds that do not disappoint and are happy to offer their “only-in-Austin” style to your event. The Austin Museum of Art’s downtown location offers sophisticated spaces where guests can enjoy private access to exhibitions and amazing views of the city. There’s also the Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater stage, the LBJ Library, and the Austin Children’s Museum.
Great Hotels in the Middle of the City
As stated before, there are multiple choices for a wonderful hotel stay that are extremely and conveniently close to event venues. With most of these hotels being located in the middle of downtown, there are endless possibilities for fun, local restaurants and activities.
If your conference will last a couple of days, you will have the chance to work in some fun activities after meetings and panels for your attendees. Austin was ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Coolest Cities to Live in 2012 and has a hip vibe, vibrant entrepreneurialism, and a wide-ranging list of activities that mean higher attendance for you and more fun for your attendees. Sixth Street downtown is well-known from far and wide and should be experienced at least once by anyone visiting. If going that wild isn’t your style, there’s also Rainey Street which features unique, historical bungalow-style houses that have been turned into bars for a relaxed and fun environment for all ages.
There’s absolutely no season that isn’t a delight to spend in Austin. When you choose Austin, you will be in the southern portion of the United States with bearable average highs in the 60s during the winter and sunshiny heat in the 90s in the summer. The sun shines here almost every day, but there’s still enough rainy days to keep the rivers flowing and amazing green scenery.
The Food Scene
Who doesn’t LOVE food? It was once known mostly as a state capital and college town packed with tacos, pizza, burgers, and a bit of fine dining. But in recent years, Austin has grown immensely in size and complexity, and in the process, the food scene has exploded. Austin serves up a multitude of local, craft libations sure to please every palate. For starters, no Austin visit is complete without an experience at any of the many food truck and trailer venues like a trip to Gourdough’s for some gourmet donuts. But you also can’t forget the water-front locales like Hula Hut on Lake Austin, or The Oasis on Lake Travis which has the best view of the Texas sunset every evening.
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