Dallas Site Visit: June 11-13, 2014

All photos courtesy Dallas Convention & Vistors Bureau

Wednesday June 11, 2014
2:40 pm
Welcome to Dallas!

3:30 pm
Check-in at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

4:30 pm
DALLAS 2016 Bid Overview
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

6:15 pm
Meet in lobby for departure

6:30 pm
DALLAS 2016 Host Committee Reception & Dinner
Hunt Oil Tower, Dallas

8:45 pm
Departure to The Rustic for optional drop off

9:00 pm
Dallas After Hours
The Rustic (Optional)

Shuttle returning to The Ritz-Carlton from The Rustic until last call at 10:30 pm

11:00 pm
Last shuttle to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Thursday June 12, 2014
7:45 am
Meet in lobby for departure

8:00 am
Savor, Klyde Warren Park

9:00 am
Departure for The Dallas Arts District Tour

9:30 am
DALLAS 2016 Convention Site Tour
American Airlines Center at Victory Park

12:00 pm
Departure at Audi Garage
American Airlines Center at Victory Park

12:30 pm
Cloud Nine, Reunion Tower

2:30 pm
Special Event Site Tour
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx

4:30 pm
Departure for The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

5:00 pm
Dallas CVB and RNC Technical Team Meeting
Salon C, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

6:30 pm
Meet in lobby for departure

6:45 pm
Private Reception & Dinner
Harlan Crow Home & Library

9:00 pm
Departure to Katy Trail Ice House for optional drop off

9:15 pm
Dallas After Hours
Katy Trail Ice House (Optional)

Shuttle returning to The Ritz-Carlton from Katy Trail Ice House until last call at 10:30 pm

11:00 pm
Last shuttle to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Friday June 13, 2014

Please bring luggage to lobby prior to breakfast

7:30 am
Closing Breakfast
Sendero, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

8:00 am
Site Selection Committee Meeting Closed Session
Fearing's Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

9:00 am
Departure to DFW International Airport



The first day when members of the Site Selection Committee arrived in their hotel rooms, they received a red sack from Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair of Texas, that included a welcome note from the new president of the State Fair of Texas, Mitchell Glieber, an invitation to that evening’s reception, a 2014 t-shirt with the new brand, “Deep in the Heart of Texans” along with a Big Tex magnet and a Big Tex lapel pin.  In addition members found a recorded welcome message from Big Tex on their room phones.

That night when they returned to their rooms from the festivities of the day they received the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies, a welcome message from Phillip Jones, CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and a silver elephant, an item from Wonder Workshop made of recycled materials and by workers with disabilities.

The second day’s gift after touring the facilities and experiencing the convention Dallas style, members received a convention shirt, randomly chosen from the three designs, a conventioneer button and a a copy of a photo taken during the 1984 convention of Bush and Reagan together contained in a silver frame engraved with a phrase from Reagan’s speech.

That night their take away gift consisted of a replica of the 1984 convention bag filled with Dallas literature and brochures and a small box filled with various products representing Texas, the idea being they would go home with items that a typical visitor might collect while attending a Republican National Convention in Dallas.