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Visit Dallas is thrilled to announce the approval of a 2.5 million square foot convention center expansion, which includes 800,000 square feet of exhibit space, 300,000 square feet of breakout space and 160,000 square feet of ballroom space. Construction on the $2 billion center is expected to begin in 2024 with completion in 2029. 

Dallas Convention Center Rendering

“This news is a game-changer for Dallas and will put our city on the map as the preeminent large-city convention and meeting destination in the nation,” said Craig Davis, Visit Dallas president & CEO.

The center will not only be impressive on the inside, the outdoor event area will feature terraces with incredible views of Downtown Dallas and the Trinity River. Plus, there will be a sky bridge connecting the Convention Center District with neighboring entertainment districts, like Cedars and the planned Rail District, creating a walkable destination that includes restaurants, retail, entertainment and lodging options.

The new district will be in addition to the many places attendees currently have at their disposal to explore after sessions. Dallas has a walkable downtown, as well as 20 vibrant entertainment districts offering live music, shopping hotspots, cultural institutions, and dining options. And as guests walk the streets of Dallas, they can feel assured that the local hospitality community has been working diligently to welcome them safely by achieving the highest sanitation and safety standards, as demonstrated by the city’s designation as a GBAC STAR Diamond Destination.

Dallas  is already a great meetings and conventions destination, with the accessibility of two major airports, affordable labor, and an outstanding hotel product,” said D. Bradley Kent, Visit Dallas senior vice president and chief sales officer. “The expanded center and Convention Center District will enhance  Dallas ’ competitive position and are exactly what our customers’ need and have been asking for.”

AT&T Discovery District

What’s New - AT&T Discovery District

Located in the heart of Downtown  Dallas , this new district on the AT&T corporate campus is tailor made for groups of all sizes. The AT&T Discovery District boasts a multi-sensory experience, including outdoor event space, the AT&T Theater, and multiple dining outlets including JAXON Beer Garden and The Exchange, a food hall.

Hotels Coming Soon

JW Marriott

This new, 15-story, 283-room hotel will open in the heart of  the city’s downtown Arts District. The property features a 25,000-square-foot grand ballroom, as well as a spa, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center, and a rooftop pool deck and bar.

InterContinental  Dallas  

Located in Cityplace Tower in Uptown, InterContinental Dallas will feature sweeping panoramic views of the  Dallas  skyline. Guests will enjoy spacious, high-end rooms and amenities, including more than 21,000 square feet of event space.

Harwood Hotel

Hardwood Hotel, a new, 20-story luxury property, is rising in Uptown’s Harwood District and will make its mark on the Dallas skyline — a sculptural white building with cantilevered upper floors, as well as a swimming pool and garden on the roof.


Visit  Dallas — ( 214) 571-1000; ;