Why Your Next Meeting Should be in Austin, TX
Is your group a little kooky? Maybe you are ready for a departure from the traditional team building activities? If so, Austin, TX, is your next meeting destination hot spot. While Austin has been known to keep things weird, it has always been about creating unique experiences that allow your guests to experience community in unlikely settings. With vibrant street art, inspiring cuisine, and stunning outdoor settings, Austin creates the perfect backdrop for your next meeting or event.
Planning a Meeting around a Festival
Austin hosts over 250 music venues and a world-famous art scene, making it a prime location for corporate events that are missing that spark of imagination. Austin is one of the country’s best festival destinations with world-renown gatherings like South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits, and the Austin Food + Wine Festival. We’ve recently highlighted “Festival Spots” as one of our top 20 destinations for incentive travel, and there is no reason why you can’t liven up your meeting by planning it alongside one of these bucket-list happenings.
Meeting Hotels in Austin, TX
There is an incredible array of hotel options for meetings in Austin, most notably around the Austin Convention Center. Ranging from the high luxury brands for the VIPs to the best bang-for-your-buck budget pleasers, there is almost certainly an accommodation that will work for your meeting.
Fairmont Austin is a fantastic option for raising your attendee experience to the next level. This 37-story luxury hotel has a direct connection to the convention center and has nearly 140,000 square feet of meeting space of its own.
The Hyatt Place Austin Downtown Hotel
Another option that’s only a block away from the convention center, the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown hotel also resides three blocks away from Austin’s famous 6th Street. For the attendees that enjoy the nightlife, 6th Street is a must-see with live music, excellent cuisine, and a buzzing crowd nearly every night.
Hilton Austin is also one block down from 6th Street further east than Hyatt Place. It’s in perfect walking distance for the famous Pecan Street Festival and several other attractions in the downtown area. With so many great options near the convention center and the heart of Austin, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these top-tier hotels.
Corporate Event Activities in Austin, TX
While it is easy to create obvious Austin-centric group outings, such as kayaking the famous Ladybird Lake or eating at the popular Barton Springs Picnic Food Truck Park; there are some more off the wall excursions that make even the most buttoned-up exec let their hair down and explore #TrueAustin. Check out some of my personal favorites for a different spin on your group’s excursions.
Studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs using durable modern materials and specialized weathering techniques. Sanders’ artwork graces the cover of Kings of Leon’s 2013 album, Mechanical Bull. Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Terrence Malick have put his work onscreen; it has also appeared in Esquire, Fortune, Texas Monthly, and Southern Living magazines.
Antone’s “Home of the Blues”
Iconic blues venue located in downtown Austin. Over the past 40 years, musicians such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, and James Brown have played here and developed local blues musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bob Schneider, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Live Band Bus Tour
The best way to discover Austin’s funky side. Explore Austin’s best food, drink, and music…all while jamming with a live band on board the bus! Check out Twisted Texas Tours for a truly unique experience.
Whisler’s Mezcal Experience
Fashioned after a traditional Oaxacan mezcal bar, Mezcalería Tobalá offers an intimate experience unlike any other in Austin, Texas. The back- bar carries a broad selection of wild varietals of mezcal including Mexicano, Madre Cuixe, Arroqueño, Tobalá, Tepextate, Jabali, Pechuga and of course Espadin. Served in the traditional vessels of Copitas and Veladoras with additional Sal de Gusano-mezcal flights are also available for a fully immersive experience.
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