• The San Luis Resort, Spa, and Conference Center Mixes Business, Pleasure, and Meetings

    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE

The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center on Galveston Island ranges across a scenic 32-acre campus and features guest rooms that overlook the Gulf Coast and offer views of a sprawling heated swimming pool with a full-service swim-up bar. The San Luis is a fully accredited International Association of Conference Center facility and offers 200,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Galveston Island Convention Center, a 140,000-square-foot beachside venue along Galveston’s famed Seawall Boulevard. The GICC offers free Wi-Fi, shuttle services and on-site parking, along with other perks.

It’s easy to see why this destination is a top meeting spot in Texas, thanks to its easy access to Houston, more than 5,000 sleeping rooms, 32 miles of beaches and, of course, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, which can be reserved for events.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 


Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.