Fort Worth offers meeting planners strong signs of community resilience during COVID-19. Our community is working hard to re-open responsibly so that we are ready to host you.
This commitment to re-opening responsibly reflects very strong collaboration to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.
More than 130 restaurants, museums and attractions in our core visitor districts, including 25 hotels, have embraced Visit Fort Worth’s Re-open Responsibly program. The program reflects public commitment to following healthy best practices, based on guidelines from state, local, corporate and industry authorities.
You can take a virtual site visit of Fort Worth – a great resource for planning meetings and events in future years.
As of July 6, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has required masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. His order includes prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people outside. More details are available here. The Visit Fort Worth team is prepared to help our customers work through questions related to these orders and guidelines.
DFW Airport has deployed a 165-member Cleaning Strike Team that, in addition to custodial contractors, frequently clean touch points in all five terminals. Smart Restrooms throughout the airport offer touchless soap, faucets and towel dispensers.
Take TEXRail commuter rail from DFW Airport to Downtown Fort Worth. Priced at just $2.50 each way, TEXRail receives a regular, thorough cleaning from operator Trinity Metro.
Tourism is recovering
Tourism is recovering in Fort Worth. Our city-wide occupancy (34.3%) exceeds the national average (33.1%). The city's June occupancy month to date for June is 44.5%.
Fort Worth Convention Center
To ensure a clean and healthy environment, the City of Fort Worth is pursuing GBAC STAR™ accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council®, a division of ISSA, the international cleaning association. Funded by a CARES Act grant, the accreditation program helps facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and prevention for their staff and their buildings.
Many convention centers have identified GBAC as the go-to program to to ensure sanitation and preparedness at the highest levels. Other participants include Dallas, Phoenix, San Jose, Columbus, Baltimore, Las Vegas and many others.
Downtown Fort Worth Clean Team and Ambassadors
The Downtown Fort Worth Clean Team and Ambassadors are on the job morning, noon and night to make your visit especially clean, safe and enjoyable.
National Sports Events
Fort Worth hosted the first two national sports events after the COVID-19 recess: Indycar racing at Texas Motor Speedway (June 6) and the Charles Schwab Challenge PGA tournament at Colonial Country Club (June 11-14). Both events demonstrated best practices for returning to competition with social distancing and other precautions.
Support for Hospitality Industry
Visit Fort Worth retained 80% of its staff as city leaders voiced support for the investment in tourism. Teams in Meeting Sales, Convention Services and the Sports Commission worked uninterrupted to rebook cancelled meetings, secure new events for 2021 and beyond and assist hotel partners working with limited workforces.
Working with City Leadership
Visit Fort Worth representatives serve on the Mayor’s committees for re-opening, small business and economic recovery – reflecting the city’s commitment to tourism.
Visit Fort Worth works with a coalition of community partners to promote and support business, including PPE supplies and special grants. Partners include the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s economic recovery initiative Fort Worth Now.
Coordinating with Attractions
The art museums of the Cultural District were the first to open in the region and required face coverings. The nationally recognized Fort Worth Zoo introduced a new timed ticket program to promote social distancing.