Live music central. Barbecue that warrants lines around the block. Tech-friendly. Many of the same qualities that make Austin a popular leisure destination add to its allure and marketability as an exciting meeting spot.

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1. Accessibility

Austin's compact setting and convenient transportation options allow attendees to get comfortable and "meet like a local." Close to downtown, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) boasts more than 350 daily flights to around 70 nonstop domestic and international locations. The airport set a new record for annual traffic for the ninth consecutive year in 2018, hosting 15.8 million passengers. To keep pace with passenger traffic, AUS recently completed a nine-gate terminal expansion that increased overall terminal space and can accommodate 4 million additional passengers per year.

2. A Convention Center that Rocks

The Austin Convention Center delivers unrivaled in-house technology capabilities, an LEED-certified renewable-energy-powered infrastructure and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Plus, the top-of-the-line facility shares the downtown neighborhood with 13,000 hotel rooms and uber-hot restaurants, clubs and shops.

3. Outside-the-Box Meeting Spaces

Austin is different, in a good way. Try something new and offer a unique destination that your attendees will want to visit! Host your next gathering at a race track, on stage, around picnic tables at a Texas barbecue institution, lakeside, in a drafthouse and so many other hot spots.

4. Electric, Contagious Energy

Guests love Austin for its passion for entrepreneurship. Art, music, movies, locally owned shops, award-winning eateries, live action sports and racing, the State Capitol, campus and a youthful vibe – it's all here. And the energy is contagious, meaning your event will naturally adopt that electric excitement.

5. A City on the Rise

Austin's diverse business mix equals a strong economy. Meeting planners can take advantage of the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, sided with a new state-of-the-art hospital and biotech firms. Bonus: A wealth of off-site and medical and science speaker opportunities.

6. Live Music + Your Meeting

In Austin, it's a breeze to spice up your meeting or event with live entertainment. It's the easiest way to keep attendees smiling, talking and taking in that famous Austin ambiance. We are home to more than 250 live music venues and a vast pool of talent. Call on the Visit Austin team to help you lock down the perfect band.

7. World-Class Hotels, Exclusive Retreats

Attendees revel in first-tier city amenities, luxury hotels, business-minded accommodations and prime Texas Hill Country resort settings. With so many options – including the 1,048-room Fairmont Austin, and more than 46,000 hotel rooms in the greater Austin area – finding your ideal price tag is simple. Get the latest news on lodging in Austin.

8. Food & Drink

As the city's popularity grows, so does the demand for innovative restaurants. Chefs are flocking here and constantly reinventing the culinary scene. Watch for social dining (shared tables), high-end chef food trucks and catering opportunities, national award-winning barbecue, an ever-growing number of craft brewery tours and foodie tours via electric bikes.

9. Safety

Austin provides a very safe destination. Attendees feel comfortable once they arrive and the abundance of residents that live and play in our lively downtown districts make it fun to go out and explore.

10. Local, Authentic, Attendee Experiences

Austin's visitors do as the locals do. Multiple entertainment areas appeal to most and the city doesn't shut down at the end of the workday. Attendees quickly see why Austin is a popular hot-spot, while meeting planners enjoy access to key business resources, the opportunity to launch new ideas, appeal to young attendees and build long-term attendee loyalty.