THE (HAPPILY) “WEIRD” SIDE OF TEXAS

Austin grows as meeting and convention destination

Austin, Texas is a city that manages to be both rowdy and refined, and is happy to “stay weird”. In any case, city officials are doing everything they can to make the city a great place for meetings and conventions.

NEW HOTELS ABOUND

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IHG opens Indigo Hotel in historic Red River Street district 

The Archer at the Domain opened in September, joining several other high-end hotels in the area. Archer Hotel is a “Texas chic” property, located in northwest Austin at Domain Northside, the exciting nal phase of this fashion, dining, and nightlife destination.

In March, IHG opened a joint project in Austin with the new Indigo hotel on Red River Street on one side and the Holiday Inn Express on the other. “The entire area around the hotels is being transformed into what we are calling the innovation zone downtown”, says Julie Chase, VP & CMO of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

On the corner of 7th street and Congress Avenue, White

Lodging has also just completed its Aloft/ Element project, and the Fairmont, opening in September 2017 will be the biggest hotel in Austin, with a bridge connecting the property to the convention center.

The Hilton will also have a direct connection via bridge. Furthermore, Marriott will be
opening a new hotel in the same zone. The Four Seasons Hotel for its part is going through a full refit, and another notable property that opened recently is the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, which is in an interesting spot, right next to the Rainey Street entertainment area.

HOTEL ROOMS IN AUSTIN

(ESTIMATED PROJECTIONS)

2016

2017

2018

2019

Downtown

8,568

10,359

10,763

11,725

Citywide

37,041

37,041

37,445

38,407

CONDOR EXTENDS 2017 SEASON FLIGHTS TO AUSTIN

After a successful first season, Condor have announced they will renew flights direct from Frankfurt to Austin in 2017, extending by two months – this time beginning in May, as opposed to June this year, and ending October rather than September. A new terminal – terminal two – is due to open at Austin Bergstrom airport. “The airport itself is very

different from others in the US, as live music has been a distinguishing feature there ever since the ‘Music in the Air’ programme was launched in 1999, just after the airport opened,” says Julie Chase, adding that what started as two performances per week has grown to 23 shows weekly in six different venues throughout the airport.