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Meetings in the Lone Star State take on a new shine with facility enhancements

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By Anthony Bilden

exas commemorates the 300-year anniversary of the original construction of the Alamo in 2024. By that time, the Alamo will have undergone a $450 million restoration and enhancement that includes recreating sections that have been lost over time, expanding the grounds to include the mission compound’s original footprint, and adding a museum of the Texas Revolution. While this national icon is being enhanced, many of the state’s major cities are upgrading their meetings product, bringing Texan hospitality to the next level. Projects include improvements to Houston’s George R. San Antonio Brown Convention Center and a freshly opened Westin convention center hotel in Irving. And in San Antonio, home of the Alamo, a variety of hotel renovations are sure to catch the eye of planners.

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Like the Alamo, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is marking FACILITIES & DESTINATIONS 2019 SPRING

an anniversary with a renovation. One of the city’s major convention hotels, the Grand Hyatt celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with the completion of a $19 million renovation to its guestrooms, meeting spaces, bar, corridors and lobby. The property offers 1,003 redesigned guestrooms and 115,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor function space. Groups staying at the hotel will enjoy a prime location on the famed River Walk, next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and connected to the Alamodome via a pedestrian bridge. More recently, both the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa and the Mokara Hotel & Spa have completed renovations. The former property, located about 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio, has renovated its Rogers-Wiseman Pavilion, outfitting it with floor-to-ceiling windows and updating the flooring. The Mokara Hotel & Spa has renovated its lobby and 4,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. 39

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