So, Why Didn't The City Show Off Fair Park to Those Visiting Convention Planners?
Beats me. You'll have to ask Phillip Jones, head of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. I'm trying. I've left a few messages for Jones, who, last we saw of him, said those convention planners in town last week were "pleasantly surprised" by Dallas. But, as many of you have pointed out this both here and via e-mail, they never saw one of the best parts of the city: Fair Park.
"Not that I'm aware of," says Fair Park executive general manager Daniel Huerta, when I just asked him if the Professional Convention Management Association paid him a visit. "In fact, funny you say that. One of my staffers said, 'It's a shame they didn't come out there.' And it is. We were watching that 'One More Thing' video, and they were commenting it was a shame they didn't come to Fair Park or show more [than the Texas Star] in the video. I mean, Hall of State would be perfect [for conventions and meetings]. Absolutely."
Even though Fair Park falls under Park and Rec's purview, I asked Huerta if maybe there needs to be come better communication with City Hall about, ya know, promoting Fair Park. To which he says, "We do a lot of work with them and sit on the [DCVB's] sports marketing committee and work with them on World Cup bid. But in general, I think it could be improved, to be honest, especially now that we have the DART connection so people could get here on their own."
Phyllis Hammond, veep of public relations for DCVB, tells Unfair Park that PCMA attendees made around 180 site visits during their trip to Dallas, and officials insist the convention will be good for business even before the Omni opens. "And we are great proponents of Fair Park," says Hammond, who's looking into whether there were coordinated efforts to get attendees down to South Dallas.