There are always big things happening in Dallas. The Dallas-Fort Worth region is the top visitor destination in Texas, and with more than $20 billion in city-wide development and revitalisation projects set for the upcoming decade, Dallas’ position as a major tourist destination will only become firmer.
Major developments include:
Omni Dallas Hotel additions: An in-progress USD$27 million project along Lamar Street will add new and delicious dining options for those visiting the convention centre next door or staying at the Omni and nearby hotels. Earlier this year, the Omni expansion was amplified with the installation of the newly restored original Pegasus, a Dallas landmark dating back to the 1930s, placed front and centre on the Omni grounds. The Pegasus is best known for its former spot atop the Magnolia Building as a beacon for travellers into the city.
World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit: In April 2016, world leaders in travel and tourism will converge on Dallas for two impactful days of strategy and planning for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit. Dallas is only the third US city to host the Global Summit in the event’s 15-year history, beating out Lisbon, Portugal, and Bangkok, Thailand, for the 2016 event. Washington, DC, and Las Vegas are the only other US cities to host the summit. The two-day event will draw about 500 guests, including international journalists, global tourism ministers and CEOs of major travel and tourism companies.
Elite Rodeo Association: In November 2016, world championship rodeo comes to the state of Texas and the city of Dallas. The Elite Rodeo Association World Championship will be hosted in Dallas 9-13 November 2016 at the American Airlines Centre. The annual event will award a payout in excess of USD$3 million over a five-day annual competition—making this first World Championship event one of the largest payouts in rodeo history. The ERA will only showcase the best rodeo athletes in the world.
Margaret McDermott Bridge: Due for completion this year, the Margaret McDermott Bridge, named after the philanthropist and wife of the founder of Texas Instruments, is the second of two bridges that will transform the Dallas skyline. With two massive arches over a busy Dallas highway, the Margaret McDermott Bridge is the second Dallas bridge to be designed by Santiago Calatrava. In addition to vehicular lanes, the bridge will feature walking and biking lanes for added connectivity, making Dallas even more fun to explore. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which was completed in 2012, was the first vehicular bridge in the United States designed by Calatrava.
Dallas Streetcar: The Dallas Streetcar makes its way from Downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff. The first phase of the project opened to the public in Spring 2015 and is the first in the country to use wireless traction power. Passengers can catch a view of the Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott bridges as the streetcar takes them across the Houston Street Viaduct, a 101-year-old bridge and landmark in the city. In 2017, the streetcar will expand into the Bishop Arts District, a popular neighbourhood with an abundance of dining and shopping options, with an added stop at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre Dallas.
Trinity Lakes: Live music is best enjoyed outside, and the Trinity Lakes development will be the perfect setting for a show. Tentatively scheduled to open in 2017, the Trinity Lakes will live below the under-construction Margaret McDermott Bridge. Tourists will enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding or a casual picnic in the grass before the show in the amphitheatre.