Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2015

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welcoming 6.5 million visitors annually. Fort Worth is comprised of seven primary entertainment districts each offering distinct dining, shop- ping, entertainment and cultural amenities. In only a few days you can enjoy a range of experiences: from NASCAR racing to rodeos, world- class museums to cowboy cuisine, boutique shopping to a Top 5 zoo, biking to horseback riding. Planers will find everything they need for the perfect meeting – from versatile event facilities like the recently-renovated Fort Worth Convention Center to a variety of superb accommodations, delicious dining options and great entertainment, events and attractions. The Fort Worth Convention Center spans 14 blocks of the city's Central Business District. The Convention Center hosts a wide range of events including: conventions, conferences, corporate meetings, sport- ing events, concerts, trade shows, banquets and consumer shows. Within walking distance of thousands of downtown Fort Worth hotel rooms, a variety of outstanding restaurants and fabulous shopping, and offering more than 250,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, nearly 60,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, an impressive 28,160-sq. ft. ballroom, 41 breakout rooms, a multi-functional 13,500-seat Arena, and a 55,000-sq. ft. Events Plaza that connects to the one-of-a-kind Fort Worth Water Gardens, the Fort Worth Convention Center is the perfect venue for your next event. Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from DFW International Airport. With 1,850 flights daily, DFW Airport serves as a gateway for visitors from around the globe, making Fort Worth an easily accessible international and domestic leisure destination. CONTACT LIST Arizona Office of Tourism, (866) 275-5816 / California Tourism, (877) 225-4367 / Colorado Tourism, (800) Colorado / Hawaii Tourism, (800) GoHawaii / Nevada Commission on Tourism, (800) Nevada-8 / New Mexico Tourism Department, (505) 877-7400 / Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Dept., (800) 652-6552 / Oregon Tourism Commission, (800) 547-7842 / Texas Tourism Division, (512) 936-0101 / Utah Travel Council, (800) 200-1160 / Washington State Tourism, (800) 544-1800 / B M & T ••• March/April 2015 ••• 54 Fort Worth Stock Yards with historic hotel Photo Credit: VOfA LLC UTAH The state of Utah is a paradise for outdoor lovers; from the National Parks, ski resorts and golf courses to beautiful Park City and the historic Temple Square. Ogden has become known as THE spot for winter Salt Lake City WASHINGTON The lovely state of Washington, with its high desert country, abundant valleys and rolling Pacific Ocean beaches, cause some to burst into a ren- dition of "America, the Beautiful." However, the state continues to paint the fuller picture as it also possesses vibrant urban centers and communi- ties, fine dining and cultural happenings throughout the year. In Seattle, visitors and locals alike can enjoy freedom from driving, parking and traf- fic, since using the public transportation in this city is delightful. There are free downtown buses, the monorail, the West Seattle Water Taxi, and Light Rail In Tacoma, meeting planners can't go wrong with their great selection of venues, hotels and attractions. The city can accommodate meetings and budgets of all sizes with over 1,900 hotel rooms and plenty of meeting space. In Spokane you'll find eclectic arts and an entertain- ment district; its downtown is 100 acres of fun with attractions including a Giant Screen IMAX Theatre and a gondola sky-ride over the falls. Photo Credit: Salt Lake City CVB sports! With three world-class ski resorts 20 minutes from downtown and 450 inches of powdery snow each season, there are many opportu- nities for adventure. Ogden is conveniently located just 45 minutes from an international airport and offers endless venue options including a stunning conference center, mountain lodges and team building facilities to ensure the makings of a great event. In Park City, 35 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport, many families gather for annual reunions and to experience world-class golf courses, lift-served mountain biking, hiking trails and horseback riding. Salt Lake City has a large variety of family activities from Zoos & Gardens, casinos, historic sites, theme and water parks, as well as galleries and museums. Seattle Skyline at night Photo Credit: Seattle CVB

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