Dallas, the ninth largest city in the United States, is one of the top convention locales in the nation. The city offers Southern hospitality, excellent meeting facilities, first-class accommodations, a mild year-round climate, and exciting entertainment venues. Each night the city has more than 110 live performances, from symphony to opera to regional theater, and the downtown Dallas Arts District is one of the largest urban arts districts in America. Culturally diverse, Dallas offers a melting pot of dining choices from around the world including such local favorites as Tex-Mex and barbeque. There are47,000 hotel rooms in a variety of properties that range from five-star accommodations to bed-and-breakfasts to economy hotels. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport places the city within three hours of most cities on the continent and Love Field Airport provides convenient regional service.

FAST FACTS Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau 1201 Elm Street, Suite 2000 Dallas, TX 75270

Phone: (214) 571-1000

Fax: (214) 571-1008

Web: www.dallascvb.com

President and CEO: Dave Whitney

Corporate Sales Managers:

Deb Muszynski and Garrett Schwab

Location and Transportation:D/FW International Airport is 18 miles from the city center and is served by 25 major airlines. Dallas's Love Field Airport is minutes from downtown and the convention center and is served by Southwest Airlines.

Hotels and Meeting Venues:There are 226 hotels (approximately 400 in Metroplex), with a total of 47,000 guest rooms. As of fall 1998, the total tax on hotel rooms will be 15 percent. The Dallas Convention Center has more than 800,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 100 meeting rooms.

Recreation:Popular activities include biking, running, golf, in-line skating, and waterskiing. The six professional sports teams include Dallas Cowboys football, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey, Dallas Mavericks basketball, and Dallas Burn and Dallas Sidekicks soccer.

Climate:Dallas enjoys seasonal temperatures in winter of 35 to 59 degrees; in summer, 74 to 96 degrees. Spring and fall temperatures range from the 60s to the 80s.

Seasons: October and May are peak seasons, June is value season, and August is low season.