Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in

Fort Worth/Irving

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Fort Worth/Irving, Texas.

Why Fort Worth/Irving for Your Next Meeting or Event?

With new gates coming to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, it's no wonder a host of new hotels are popping up in surrounding cities. An Autograph Collection property from Marriott is on the drawing board for Fort Worth, and Irving's new headquarters hotel opens in February.

FORT WORTH

Event Venues, Additions & Renovations

The $1 billion TEXRail commuter train was scheduled to begin service on Jan. 5 from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

News From Nearby
On Dec. 6, the board of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport approved $4.8 million for preconstruction services, beginning the process of adding four new gates to Terminal D.

A multimillion-dollar renovation was set to be completed this month at the 1,840-room Sheraton Dallas Hotel. All 230,000 square feet of meeting space and public spaces, as well as 1,300 of the rooms, were redone.

The historic Stockyards district is getting a makeover, with work already proceeding on the first phase of the $175 million project. Among the plans, an Autograph Collection hotel is planned for the area, to debut in spring 2020 with 200 rooms, 15,000 square feet of meeting space and an elegant event barn. In addition, a rustic resort called the Hotel Drover will be built at the end of Mule Alley's planned street of shops, eateries, offices and live-entertainment venues.

Fort Worth's meetings properties include the 614-room Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 504-room Renaissance Worthington Hotel, 429-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa, and 294-room Hilton Fort Worth.

Onto the list of specialty spirits being distilled around the country comes BLK Eye Vodka, made from non-GMO black-eyed peas and corn. Accordingly, the aptly named BlackEyed Distilling Co., occupying a 1911 firehouse, is open for tastings and special events for up to 400.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit Northstar Meetings Group's new venue finder

Travel Essentials

CONVENTION CENTER: Fort Worth Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 253,226 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 41 

TAXES: Room tax, 15%; sales tax, 8.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

CONTACT: Visit Fort Worth

Transportation in & Around Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 17 miles from the downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi, about $51; Lyft and Uber start at $30; by Trinity Railway Express, $2.50

IRVING

Event Venues, Additions & Renovations

The 364-room Dallas Marriott Las Colinas has completed a multimillion-dollar refresh. Phase 1 redesigned the guest rooms with a mix of wood, metal and leather. Phase 2 refreshed the hotel's lobby and 27,000 square feet of meeting space. The property's Bistro Fiera serves American fare with a Mediterranean flair.

The 350-room Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas opens in February. The hotel will have 16,000 square feet of meeting space, the Mesa Mezcal restaurant, the Craft Coffee Shop and the Vibe Pool Bar. 

Irving offers more than 12,000 guest rooms. Among top properties are the 431-room Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinasand 410-room Omni Mandalay.

LAW, at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, wasn't named for the storied lawmen of the Wild West, but rather "land, air, water," which signifies the fresh local ingredients that make up the "bold" Texan fare served here. Buy out the place for 200, or have a party for 70 on the restaurant's top level.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit Northstar Meetings Group's new venue finder.

Travel Essentials

CONVENTION CENTER: Irving Convention Center; exhibit space, 48,576 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 15.

TAXES:
Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

CONTACT: Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau

Irving Transportation

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, about 10 miles from Irving. Transfer cost by taxi, $33; by shuttle, $18; Lyft and Uber, $15

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Top 10 Restaurants in Fort Worth/Irving

The Lone Star State is known for only two climates, hot and hotter. But these fantastic restaurants offer a spectacular variety of choices.

  1. The Capital Grille, Fort Worth - Steakhouse
  2. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Irving - Steakhouse
  3. Texas de Brazil, Fort Worth - Brazilian
  4. Via Real Gourmet Mexican, Irving - Mexican
  5. Grace - Ft. Worth, Fort Worth - American
  6. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Irving - Cajun
  7. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Fort Worth - Steakhouse
  8. The Ranch at Las Colinas, Irving - Southwestern
  9. Terra Mediterranean, Fort Worth - Greek
  10. Aspen Creek Grill, Irving - American
2018 Stella Award Winners

Best Airline: American Airlines, Fort Worth

Best CVB/DMO, Southwest: Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgetown

Best Convention Center, Southwest: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine

Best On-Site Tech/Wi-Fi , Southwest: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine

Best Green Initiative, Southwest: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine

Best Renovation (within past year), Southwest: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine

Best CVB/DMO, Southwest: Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, Irving

Best Convention Center, Southwest: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving