AUSTIN ON THE MOVE
Austin is undergoing an amazing renaissance. New hotels, meeting spaces and restaurants have popped up around the city. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is expanding by leaps and bounds to handle the influx of business and pleasure travelers. And Visit Austin has a new digital tool to help meeting planners navigate it all.
NEW DIGITAL MEETING PLANNER GUIDE
Visit Austin has made meeting planners’ lives a little easier with its interactive, easy-to-use digital Austin Meeting Planner Guide. The new online toolkit allows you to quickly search for your ideal event venue by capacity, compare venues side-by-side, and access other valuable information such as room block details, meeting room specifications, images, videos and links to email the properties. You also can submit RFPs directly to the sites through the tool.
Exciting hotels continue to open and expand in Austin. Here’s a few to check out.
Courtesy of Fairmont Austin.
Opening in the fall of 2017, the luxury 37-story Fairmont Austin hotel will feature 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites with picturesque vistas of Lady Bird Lake and the city skyline. The Fairmont also offers nearly 140,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, with direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the elevated Red River Canopy Walk. Five restaurants and bars include Garrison (a modern American grill house), the globally influenced Revue and Rules & Regs, a 7th-floor terrace lounge with city views.
Courtesy of Austin Marriott Downtown.
Austin Marriott Downtown
Opening in early 2020 across the street from the Austin Convention Center, the 613-room Austin Marriott Downtown will feature 25 luxurious suites, including two Presidential Suites. Food and beverage offerings include a locally inspired restaurant and three bars, plus a rooftop pool with a full bar and cabanas. Its 64,000 square feet of flexible event space will include two 14,000-square foot ballrooms, a 21,000-square foot exhibit hall with natural light, and a 3,500-square foot rooftop event space. The Private M Club lounge will overlook the hotel lobby.
Courtesy of Hilton Austin.
In fall 2017, Hilton Austin will unveil its new aerial Skyway. This sleek architectural marvel will allow guests easy access from Hilton Austin’s sixth floor directly to the Austin Convention Center. Earlier this year, the Hilton Austin completed a full renovation of its hotel lobby, public areas and meeting spaces. Two new restaurants, an event venue and a coffee shop were added. An additional 85,000 square feet of meeting space included a banquet hall with indoor/outdoor space.
AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) continues to expand. In April, the new 30,000-square foot South Terminal opened, equipped to handle 500,000 passengers per year. Highlights of the stylish new terminal with a cool, retro ‘70s vibe include food trucks and kiosks, an indoor/outdoor waiting area with a live music stage and bar, two TSA security check lines, and shuttle service to the main Barbara Jordan Terminal,
Construction is currently underway for the nine-gate expansion at the Barbara Jordan Terminal. When completed in 2019, the terminal will have 33 gates, an outdoor patio, new restaurants and shops, art and music, plus family- and pet-friendly spaces. A new six-level garage that will offer 6,000 covered parking spaces within walking distance of the Barbara Jordan Terminal is currently under construction and expected to open in 2018.
Retail construction is progressing on the new Austin Article (a one-stop news and gift store across from Gate 8), Austin Warehouse District (Austin-themed souvenirs, located near Gate 9) and ABIA Retail (a convenience store, restaurant and gas station located just off of Presidential Boulevard, the main entry road to the Barbara Jordan Terminal).
Air service continues to grow at an impressive pace. Allegiant Air began offering nonstop service from Austin to Indianapolis, operating from the newly opened South Terminal. Delta Air Lines launched daily nonstop service to Seattle, and will offer year-round, nonstop service to Boston beginning September 10. In October, low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will offer new nonstop flights to New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham and Ontario, California. Find more ABIA air service information here.