Located in the Southern Plains region of western Texas, Midland is home to just over 111,000 residents. First established as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso, Midland's economy exploded upon the discovery of oil in the late 20th century. Though petroleum remains a key part of Midland's economic profile, the city's location and skilled workforce has invited businesses of all kinds. Plus, meeting venues in Midland offer modern amenities without the congestion of larger metropolitan areas, which is an advantage for groups.
The largest of Midland convention venues, the Midland Center lies in the heart of downtown and offers the flexibility to host everything from small corporate meetings to large galas. Its 12,500-square-foot, column-free exhibit space can accommodate up to 800 people or 79 10-foot-by-10-foot tradeshow booths. It also has several meeting rooms for events of 20 to 200 guests. Outside the Midland Center, Centennial Plaza is an excellent outdoor setting for groups looking to enjoy the sunny Texas skies. This open-air amphitheater is a popular spot for picnics, reunions and outdoor concerts.
There are more than 25 hotel venues in Midland, nine of which have meeting and event space. The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center can accommodate 30 to 3,000 event guests, thanks to over 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including three boardrooms, two ballrooms, an atrium and a 15,000-square-foot convention center space. Located five minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from Midland International Airport, the contemporary Midtown Hotel features a unique design and recently renovated guest rooms. It has brand-new banquet pre-function space, a ballroom for up to 200 guests, a meeting room for up to 64 people and the Velvet Room, an upscale lounge available for weekday events. The Hilton Midland Plaza, Holiday Inn Express Midland Loop and Comfort Suites near Midland College also pair comfortable accommodations with well-appointed meeting space.
From history museums to nature centers, special event venues in Midland are sure to delight groups of all sizes and purposes. The largest museum of its kind in the country, the Petroleum Museum explores how this natural resource has and continues to change our lives, and it's sure to inspire innovating thinking at conferences, meetings and presentations. Located at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin about 30 minutes from Midland, the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (C.E.E.D.) is a modern 30,000-square-foot venue that's perfect for professional conferences and seminars.
With short, moderate winters and average year-round temperatures in the 70s, Midland offers the perfect setting for outdoor events. Surrounded by 17 acres of ponds and trees, The Willows is a breathtaking indoor/outdoor venue 20 minutes from downtown. The facility has a 3,000-square-foot main meeting area and 4,000-square-foot landscaped open patio with a fountain. It also boasts an outdoor fireplace and barbeque area and a catering kitchen. Also a stunning outdoor option is the Shack in the Back. Here, a one-acre horseshoe pond flanked by willow trees and 3,000-square-foot main building sit on 3.5 acres of picturesque landscape property. Perfect for holiday parties, receptions, board meetings, fundraisers and more, the Shack in the Back can accommodate up to 200 people on the patio, and the entire property can host over 500 guests.