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Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville Tour

Dallas is famous for a lot of things, but one you may not be aware of is its claim to fame as the home of the frozen margarita! In 1971, Dallas inventor, entrepreneur and restaurateur Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine, adapting it from a soft-service ice cream machine. That first machine now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center Expands Its Meetings Options

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is a study on how to meet smart. The sustainability-focused (it’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certified and chefs use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible) venue first opened its doors in 2008 and renovated its rooms in 2016.

Taste a Game-Changing Coffee

Former Texas A&M student and NFL player Floyd Raven has returned to Texas A&M—this time as a coffee magnate. Raven’s company, Last Shot Xpresso, opened at the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Raven, a business graduate, launched his coffee company in 2017. Last Shot Xpresso offers rich and unique coffee blends with athletically inspired names. Its blends are available in every bar and restaurant in the hotel and conference center, as well as through the conference center’s catering.

Get to Know: Bay Area Houston

Shawna Reid, marketing and visitor center manager for the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, has lived all over the world. A self-described Air Force “brat” who then became an Air Force spouse was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she met her husband. They moved to Bay Area Houston for her husband’s job in 2006. One of the things she loves about her adopted hometown is the sheer amount of things to do within 50 miles of her front door.

Venue Spotlight: The Willows Event Center

Sponsored by Visit Lubbock

Betenbough Companies, the parent company of Betenbough Homes, felt called to include a training and equipping center for their Kingdom At Work movement in their newest building on the expansive Betenbough campus known as The Grove; The Willows Event Center was created out of that calling.

5 Hotel Bars in Plano That Will Surprise You

Sponsored by Visit Plano

Hotel bars have quickly become chic city hotspots and in Plano, these properties are no exception. Even locals find themselves visiting hotel bars for their trendy atmospheres and excellent drinks and bar bites. Whether or not you’re staying at the hotel, make sure to stop by one of these swanky spots for happy hour or an after-dinner drink.

Event Snapshots: MPI Houston's A Night Among the Stars

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Houston Area Chapter hosted the third annual “A Night Among the Stars” awards gala at the newly opened Marriott Marquis Houston. The 2018 honoree was Luther Villagomez, CEO of Houston First Corporation and manager of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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