6 Reasons To Meet In Irving
Whether you refer to Irving, Texas, as unconventional or a city with character, you’d be right. These descriptions are often cliches when describing meetings destinations, but they are actually true here. We defy expectations by living up to our billing. With unmatched convenience and an elite convention center, Irving is a champion for your next meeting or event.
Attendees are tired of the same old meeting agenda. Circumstances now dictate a more selective process for which events are worth the travel. Unique experiences are the best selling point planners have to draw association members, corporate workers and other like-minded individuals together for a gathering.
The right destination can make all the difference. We don’t do generic in Irving. Rather, our rich culture is incorporated into all aspects of the community, from the restaurants to our meeting and event venues to the individuals walking down the street ready to offer an official Texas “Howdy!” to visitors.
Our facilities are without a doubt state of the art, but it’s the intangibles that set us apart. There are many options for crafting a memorable meeting here, and even more reasons Irving should top planners’ site lists. We would never say planning an event is easy anywhere, but our CVB staff and hospitality community will ensure every choice planners make will work out just the way they envision it. Read on for six reasons to bring your next meeting to Irving.
Location, Location, Location
Realtors say it all the time: Location makes all the difference. Planners value convenience for travel as much as the culture their group will enjoy for their home away from home. Irving is ideally situated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan hub, and the city works just as well for regional meetings as it does for national conferences and conventions.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers airlift to 229 destinations and Dallas Love Field provides nonstop access to 57 cities. It’s never more than a three-hour flight from either U.S. coast to get here. Talk about a great middle ground!
Meanwhile, Irving is a 20-minute drive from both airports, so attendees won’t have to wait long to see the many offerings available to them. Likewise, the amenities in Irving reflect the proximity to two large-market cities with leading associations, companies and other organizations.
It truly is the best of all worlds here!
Walking the Walk
Walkability is not a catchphrase when in Irving. Attendees might not need to ride in a car once they arrive, given the proximity of our many attractions.
Las Colinas Urban Center lives up to its name. Budget-friendly hotels and resort properties like the Omni Las Colinas are within this 12,000-acre development. Anchoring the entertainment district is the Irving Convention Center, which is conveniently (there’s that word again!) across the street from The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. And, of course, just next door to the Westin, there is the Toyota Music Factory, a true selling point for Irving in its own right.
If Irving is a hidden gem of a destination—and it is—the city’s crown jewel is the Irving Convention Center. There are few such facilities that can compete with the total package our biggest meetings venue has to offer. Highlights include:
- 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space
- 20 individual breakout spaces
- LEED Silver certification for using reclaimed water for landscaping, cooling systems and other nonpotable applications
- Award-winning-chef-inspired food and beverage rivaling five-star resorts, adding a higher level of service than typically associated with convention centers
The convention center staff’s attention to detail is second to none, making this a first-class facility.
Play to Our Strength
If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, that’s because he never attended a meeting in Irving. Here, we don’t think you need to separate meetings from entertainment. Rather, through our unique venues, planners are encouraged to find new and innovative ways to engage their group.
Toyota Music Factory is an all-in-one destination featuring 20 dining options and highlighted by an 8,000-seat indoor-outdoor amphitheater operated by Live Nation. The sprawling 250,000-sq.-ft. campus includes a 50,000-sq.-ft. event plaza. Schedule lunch here or make your opening reception a tour of this lively center.
Another option is to take advantage of Water Street, a mixed-use development on the shores of the 126-acre Lake Carolyn. Attendees will love the retail and restaurant options in this scenic location. Speaking of Lake Carolyn, paddleboats and gondolas are excellent excursions on the water.
Better Than Leisure
It’s probably a fair assumption that part of your group has missed out on some of their needed vacation time. That pent-up demand can be channeled here, as Irving has all the right ingredients to transform a working trip into a bleisure experience. With resort-style hotels, spas, outdoor recreation and water activities, Irving provides customizable experiences for spouses and families. Attendees will find a few extra nights here will be a rewarding experience after a few days of working deals at a convention.
A Safe Choice
The safety of our guests has always been the top priority in Irving. The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and Irving’s hotels, restaurants and attractions have implemented extensive safety and sanitation protocols to provide peace of mind and ensure that your group can meet safely. We know you are ready to host in-person meetings again and attendees are eager to return. Whether you are planning outdoor activities or setting up inside our hotels and convention center, we’ve got you covered. Everyone wins with an event in Irving.
It's time to get the band back together again. Only when gathered as a group can your organization hit the high notes it needs to. Whether at our convention center, Toyota Music Factory or elsewhere, Irving is replete with venues to bring out the best in planners and their attendees. Come see why the convenience and charm of our destination make it the right choice for your next meeting or event.