Austin is a mix of big-city cool and small-town coziness. Its combination of live music, high-tech industry, and laid-back attitude makes it a great place for both business meetings and post-meeting pleasures. The convenient Robert Mueller Airport is less than four miles from downtown and the city's new $650 million Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will open for passenger service in May 1999. Whether cooling off in Barton Springs, partying downtown on 6th Street, or hiking and biking at Zilker Park, visitors soon learn that Austin's ambience is special. Town Lake, a section of the Colorado River that flows through the middle of the city, is a big part of the city's recreational riches. Where else would people turn out by the thousands on shore and aboard river boats to watch more than one million Mexican bats take flight at dusk? Only in Austin.

FAST FACTS Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau 201 East 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 474-5171, (800) 926-2282

Fax: (512) 404-4383

Web: www.austintexas.org

Executive Director: Ric Luber

Corporate Sales Manager:

Mary Claire Alvarado

Location and Transportation:The Robert Mueller Airport is approximately 3.5 miles from downtown. Airlines serving the airport include AmericaWest, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, TWA, United, US Airways, and Conquest.

Hotel and Meeting Venues:There are more than 16,000 guest rooms citywide. Total tax on hotel rooms is 13 percent. Set in the heart of downtown, the Austin Convention Center will expand from 411,000 gross square feet to 881,000 gross square feet in a project to be complete by the fall of 2001.

Recreation:The city's recreational pleasures include boating, tennis, golf, ice skating, and walking, jogging, or biking the 10.1 miles of trails encircling Town Lake. The internationally renowned Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is just one of the city's many museums. The nightlife sizzles with countless music clubs and a diversity of restaurants. A short drive away, Lake Austin and Lake Travis offer fishing, boating, windsurfing, jet skiing, and scuba diving.

Climate:Austin's winter temperatures range from 39 to 60 degrees; summer, from 74 to 95 degrees. Spring and fall have temperatures ranging from the high 50s to the mid 80s.

Seasons: March and October are peak seasons. Value season runs from June to early September, as well as December.