Business travel tips: Dallas city guide for smart corporate travellers
28th September 2015
Dallas. The vibrant and 2nd largest city in Texas is one of the foremost convention and corporate events cities of the US offering constantly evolving range of stunning meetings and events spaces, hotels and unique cultural locations. At the same time, Dallas is home to the so-called Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, which has one of the largest accumulations of Fortune 500 companies in the USA, including American Airlines, Fossil, ExxonMobil, Nokia, Oracle, Ericsson, Samsung, Toyota, Cisco, 7-eleven, to name a few, with some of them headquartered in the area and others having substantial business there. It comes as no surprise that the northern suburbs around Irving, Richardson and Plano are thus also called “Silicon Prairie” which is mainly due to the many technology and telecommunication companies in this area. It’s one of the world’s most popular destinations for corporate travellers too. This short Dallas city guide provides you with useful business travel agents tips and advice for planning your next trip to Dallas the 3rd most popular business travel destination in the USA and the leading financial and business centre of the Southwest.
CORPORATE MEETINGS AND EVENTS
The city offers an unparalleled array of amenities for corporate meetings and events planners. Options include fantastic hotels, flexible meeting space, service-focused staff and a central location with a warm climate amongst others, with a great blend of historic charm and modern amenities, underlined with Southern hospitality to welcome corporate travellers from across the world. Located in the heart of downtown Dallas you will find the city’s largest and nationwide busiest conference and events facility, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center featuring over 1,000,000 square feet, a 9,816-seat arena, a 1,750-seat theatre, a pair of ballrooms, 96 meeting rooms, wireless internet services, and a fibre-optic transmission system allowing audio/visual broadcasts to be shared from anywhere. Since 2011, corporate travellers can stay at the Omni Dallas Hotel which offers a convenient connection to the convention centre via Skybridge and being located only a 5 minutes’ walk away from the conference centre. Apart from great standard amenities for conferences, corporate meetings and events, business travellers value the special event facilities offering a versatile space and authentic flair, such as the historic Belo Mansion & Pavilion.
Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the world’s 3rd busiest airport and one of the largest in the country and most likely the airport business travellers will arrive when travelling on international long-haul flights. The airport offers corporate travellers a wide choice of more than 100 retail stores and specialty shops, over 120 food and drinks locations as well as airport-wide wireless internet access. Business travellers who prefer or have to stay overnight at the airport can choose between two hotels on-site: the Grand Hyatt (Terminal D) and the Hyatt Regency DFW (Terminal C). Both hotels also feature a good selection of corporate meetings and events spaces.
Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) is located only 7 miles from the city’s downtown business district. Situated at the heart of Dallas, the city’s second airport serves commercial airlines and business traveller needs. Love Field’s seven full service fixed base operators are perfectly equipped to fulfil executive needs, providing state-of-the-art amenities including a range of meeting rooms, car rentals, limousine services and restaurants. The airport is served by some major airlines such as Southwest Airlines, Virgin America Airlines, United Airlines, Seaport Airlines and Delta Airlines. DAL is an ideal option for corporate travellers looking for regional and national flights within the US.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
For travel from Dallas -Fort Worth International Airport DFW to Dallas city, business travellers should schedule plenty of time, especially during rush hour (ideally 2-3 hours). It is probably best to take a shared ride shuttle service, as these offer door to door pickup and drop off services making it more convenient for business travellers to travel between the airport and their meeting destination. Fees are usually around $30 for a distance of about 20 miles. Alternatively, business travellers may choose to use a taxi, which will cost about $54 to get to Downtown (about 20 miles away). For travel to the airport, please be advised that you need to call and/or notify the taxi company in advance (e.g. Cowboy Cab Company, tel. 214/428-0202; Yellow Checker, tel. 214/426-6262; Karaoke Cab, (214) 893-0613), as taxis cannot be hailed on the street outside of various cab stands. However, the more flexible and probably more convenient business travel option, especially if you need to get to a business meeting outside of Dallas, is to hire a rental car at the consolidated car rental facility near the airport. A shared shuttle services to reach there from the airport terminal is available. In addition, the airport is equipped with courtesy phones that business travellers can use to ring the car rental company directly (for free) with them taking about 30 to 40 minutes to pick you up or drop you off. Amongst others, car rental companies, such as Avis, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise or National are available. The fastest transport option for business travellers looking for public transport services is the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Rail Orange Line, which departs from the lower level of Terminal A to Downtown Dallas. One-way DART fares are $1.50 for local bus and rail services and $2.50 for express or premium bus services. DART day passes are $3 for local and $5 for premium service while the fares for 7-day passes range between $15 for local services and $25 for premium services.
Travelling from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) to Dallas city centre takes only 20 minutes. Business travellers can choose between car rental services from Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Thrifty and ACE. Taxi service is available at the lower level of Terminal 2. Parking prices at DAL Airport range between $0- £17 for short-term parking, $0-$13 for long-term and $8-$24 for valet parking services. Business travellers to downtown Dallas from Dallas Love Field Airport should anticipate a fee of about $18 for taxi services. While in downtown Dallas, taxis can be hailed on the street or from hotel stands. However, business travellers looking for public transportation services can use Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) which offers a convenient connection to the city.
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
If you are looking for a convenient luxury hotel option to accommodate your business travellers, we have some good addresses to consider, such as the Four Seasons Dallas, the Fairmont Dallas, Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh or the Ritz Carlton. A hotel option nearby the airport to consider would be the Grand Hyatt DFW Airport hotel. For mid-range hotels, the Crown Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown or Market Center, NYLO Dallas Las Colinas or the Wingate by Wyndham Richardson would be good options. For business travellers looking for a five-star culinary experience in Dallas, we have some good restaurant options to keep in mind, such as ‘The French Room’, one of the nation’s top restaurants located in the Rococo-style setting in the Adolphus Hotel or the Nana’s, which offers an award-winning cuisine alongside a breath-taking view of the Dallas skyline.
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