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Plano, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 42
Total Sleeping Rooms 5,045
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 404
Committable Meeting Rooms* 23
Convention Center Space 122,500 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 21,600 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 21,600 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $120
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $208
*Maximum for a single hotel

Plano, TX Meeting Planning Overview

A popular suburb just north of Dallas, Texas, Plano is quickly proving there is not just one shining star in the so-called Lone Star State. With a population of over 273,000 residents, Plano is the 9th largest city in Texas and has racked up an impressive set of well-deserved accolades. In 2010, Plano was number one on a list of "America's Safest Cities" compiled by Forbes magazine.

Praise for Plano as both a leisure and business destination is easily understood. The city offers convenient access, entertaining attractions, an impressive dining and nightlife scene and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The Plano Centre is the premier convention venue in the city, offering 86,400 square feet of space on a beautifully-landscaped campus near Historic Downtown Plano. With column-free exhibit space, breakout rooms and banquet services, the Plano Centre is a perfect spot for any number of Plano conferences and meetings.

For smaller seminars and special banquets and galas, Plano also has several unique venues that provide plenty of space, top-notch amenities and a heaping dose of Texas charm. Just minutes outside of Plano, Southfork Ranch, famous for being the filming location of the hit television show Dallas, offers more than 63,000 square feet of elegant indoor space and acres of picturesque ranchland for events.

Within the city itself, groups and conventions can find plenty of spots to enjoy a post-conference cocktail reception or spend a weekend afternoon of team building. Plano's latest event space, event1013, resides in a 110-year-old building in the Historic Downtown District and features 3,800 square feet of versatile space, with catering and bar services and proximity to restaurants, hotels and a DART light rail station. Numerous downtown hotels and restaurants themselves offer ample private event space. The Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Bob's Steak & Chop House and Jasper's are among the places to meet and mingle with fine food and drinks.

Plano serves as the corporate headquarters for a number of sizeable and well-reputed organizations. Ericsson, Inc., Dell Services, JCPenney, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are among the companies calling Plano home. In addition, the schools in Plano rank as some of the highest in the nation, and two campuses of Collin College are in Plano.

About Plano, TX / Additional Info

With family-friendly attractions, vibrant nightlife and a plethora of historic and cultural museums, Plano draws visitors of all ages and interests. Situated in Texas' populous Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Plano is just a 30-minute drive from all that the metro area has to offer, though the city itself is brimming with things to do and see as well.

History buffs can travel back in time to Plano's early days at museums such as Heritage Farmstead, a four-acre campus full of buildings and livestock that re-create life in Plano in the prosperous early 1900s. The Interurban Railway Museum details the electric Interurban car that once served as an essential link between Denison and Waco. Meanwhile, the Plano African American Museum explores African American contributions to the development of Plano, Collin County and North Texas as a whole, all from its location in the historic Thornton House, once owned by the one of the first African Americans in Plano to own property.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also find plenty of ways to get their fill in Plano and enjoy its mild year-round temperature of 66°F. The city has over 3,600 acres of public parks that encompass 40 miles of recreation trails, 81 public tennis courts and five public swimming pools. The 200-acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is one of the most popular, offering miles of walking, cycling and jogging trials plus an up-close look at regional flora and fauna. Plano's scenic setting is also a haven for golfers, who can hit the links at courses at Chase Oaks Golf Club, Ridgeview Ranch and Pecan Hollow Golf Course.

Plano also has plenty of options for a recreational activity of another sort: shopping. In fact, the city is home to more than 70 shopping centers bursting with major retailers, unique boutiques, art galleries and more. With over 160 shops, the Collin Creek Mall is one of the largest in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while Preston Park Village offers a more intimate shopping experience with 60 specialty stores. The Shops at Willow Bend have some of the best in upscale shopping options, and the relatively new Shops at Legacy center boasts shopping, dining and entertainment all in one location. In addition to retail stores, this Main Street-style center is known for being home to one of the largest independent book store in the country, one of the country's most successful cinemas dedicated to independent film and several restaurants run by some of the area's best chefs.

The Shops at Legacy is just one venue in Plano where guests can enjoy the city's flourishing dining and nightlife scene, which encompasses a number of settings and styles of cuisine. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, French and more are served in everything from sidewalk cafes to candlelit restaurants to traditional Southern tea rooms. Guests should make at least one meal truly Texan by indulging in a hearty steak, served just right at establishments such as Bob's Steak & Chop House and Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge. After dinner, guests can grab a beer at any number of downtown pubs and bars, or kick things up a notch in true Texas style at Love & War in Texas. Created to "promote Texas, Texans and Texas heritage," this popular Plano venue features authentic Texas recipes, plenty of Texas wine and a steady roster of Texas music that keeps the party going until midnight.

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