What’s not to love about Fort Worth, Texas? The city is home to world-class convention facilities, one of the country’s top airports, and a thriving music, art and food scene. If you want to host a meeting, incentive trip, conference or event your attendees will never forget, Fort Worth is the place to be. The expert sales team at Visit Fort Worth is here to help you plan and organize every detail, while the friendly hotels and hospitality staff are ready to greet your guests with open arms. Here are five reasons you—and especially your attendees— will love meeting in Fort Worth.
1. The Texas-Size Welcome
Fort Worth is Texas’ top tourist destination, drawing more than 9.4 million visitors each year to the city of Cowboys and Culture. Over the years, the Visit Fort Worth team has learned a thing or two about how to make guests feel welcome; count on them to guarantee your next event is a Texas-size success. From promoting to planning, the group is on call to help ensure attendees have so much fun at your event they can’t wait to sign up for the next one. They can help you save money on venues, lodging and attractions by connecting you to its robust vendor network. The team is also available to help you arrange group transportation, off-site excursions, catering and more. Once all the details are in place, the Convention Services team will help you spread the word, boosting attendance by providing marketing materials, connecting you with promoters, and developing savvy emails, social media posts and web copy.
2. The Accessibility
No matter where your guests are arriving from, they’ll find Fort Worth is easy to get to and easy to get around. Downtown is a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world. The city is also easily accessible by Amtrak, Greyhound and other bus services. For those arriving by car, a local highway system connects the city to Interstate 20, I-30 and I-35W.
Once your attendees drop off their luggage, they’ll have no trouble getting to your opening keynote, VIP dinners or networking parties. The T, Fort Worth’s local transit authority, offers several bus routes that connect visitor hubs like the Cultural District, Texas Christian University and the Stockyards National Historic District. Guests can also take advantage of Molly the Trolley, a free bus line that serves downtown and areas such as Sundance Square. Attendees who want to burn off some calories in between events will find the city is easy to access by foot and via the Fort Worth B-Cycle bike sharing program.
3.The Unique Amenities and Attractions
Do things the Texas way, which means hosting an event in unique event spaces, attractions and only-in-Fort Worth amenities that will keep your attendees talking about your event long after the closing-night dinner. Treat your guests to a rodeo at the Will Rogers Memorial Center or a game at the soon-to-open Dickies Arena. North of downtown, the Stockyards National Historic District features attractions like Billy Bob's Texas, where you can catch a live bull-riding show, and Joe Riscky's Barbeque serves some of the best barbecue in Texas. A few miles south of downtown, the Sundance Square 35-block entertainment district is home to steakhouses, sports bars and Western-wear shops.
Fort Worth also has one of the best live music scenes in the state. Your guests can dance the night away at any of the honky-tonks or enjoy festivals such as Sundance Square’s Band on the Bricks, Panther Island’s Rockin’ the River summer concert series and the annual Fortress Festival. When it’s time for a little retail therapy, your attendees can find something new at the Shops at Clearfork. The open-air mall and entertainment district features luxury stores like Neiman Marcus, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. And the nearby Tanger Outlets Fort Worth offers great deals on brands like Brooks Brothers, Fossil and Kate Spade.
4. The Diverse Selection of Hotels and Venues
When it comes to booking a hotel, your guests will have no trouble finding a comfortable place to relax in Fort Worth. The city features several new properties offering more than 14,000 guest rooms. The highest concentration of hotels is in downtown—near all the action. There are also several hotels in popular neighborhoods like Stockyards National Historic District, which is home to the brand-new 400-room Drover Hotel. No matter what type of lodging they’re after, guests will find it in Fort Worth. The accommodations include charming bed-and-breakfasts high-end resorts and historic hotels in exquisitely renovated properties.
The venues are just as incredible as the hotels. From stunning modern art galleries to historic Western facilities to former bottling factories, Fort Worth has the perfect spot for your next event. Don’t miss Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co.’s new Whiskey Ranch. This indoor/outdoor event space has expansive porches where attendees can enjoy a drink as they stay warm and cozy next to one of the outdoor fireplaces overlooking the lake. Or they can meet and mingle over the bourbon barrel tables inside.
5. The Culinary Scene and Libations
Fort Worth’s cuisine is as diverse as the city's rich heritage. Sure, you’ll find the Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants that have put the city’s food scene on the map. But your guests will also find world-class Asian fusion, mouthwatering Italian food and some of the best hamburgers this side of the Mississippi. The city also has a great beer, wine and micro distillery scene. Reward your guests with a pass to the Fort Worth Ale Trail, which covers tours and tastings at six popular breweries. Or time your event with the annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, a three-day celebration of the city’s best restaurants, chefs and farmers.