There's good news for groups coming to the Lone Star state's capital: The city has been given the go-ahead from a November referendum to expand the Austin Convention Center. A plan is already in place to spend about $1.2 billion on the project that will also revitalize the area around the facility. The ACC has two headquarters hotels ready to handle extra business: The 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, with more than 85,000 square feet of meeting space of its own, and the 1,048-room Fairmont Austin, with 140,000 square feet of event space.
The convention center is already a LEED Gold-certified building, getting renewable energy from on-site solar panels and a partnership with Austin Energy's Green Choice Program. Greenery has been planted on the roof to reduce stormwater run-off and the heat-island effect, while the onsite recycling, reuse and composting programs help divert from landfills more than 50 percent of all waste generated.
Recent Additions to Austin
Two lifestyle hotels from Marriott have just opened, bringing 347 guest rooms to the city. The dual-branded 156-room AC Hotel Austin-University and the 191-room Otis Hotel, an Autograph Collection property, have more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,480-square-foot ballroom and five smaller meeting rooms. The hotels also share their food-and-beverage offerings: Acre 41, with a menu of American fare sourced locally; Burger Bar, a walkup streetside spot; the Otopia Rooftop serving signature cocktails; and Bar AC, a Spanish-inspired bar and tapas restaurant.
Read about all the latest updates, plus venue details and group-activity ideas, at Northstar Meetings Group's Austin Destination Guide.