The Republican National Convention committee on Tuesday kicked off a week of host city-searching with a trip to Cleveland, the first of four stops. After Cleveland, committee members will make stops in Kansas City and Denver before rounding out the trip in Dallas late next week. Dallas city offici ... More >>
The United Nations has already made quite clear that it has no intention of invading Texas, dismissing Lubbock County Judge Tom Head's prediction of blue-clad international forces laying siege to Hub City as "absolutely ridiculous." It's now clear that UN bureaucrats were hatching an even more insi ... More >>
It's not nearly as boring as it sounds.
Tom Clancy buffs are already well-acquainted with the USS Dallas. The 5,700-ton nuclear submarine, a hair longer than your standard football field, was a main player in The Hunt for Red October. Back when the novel was published in 1984, the ship was still young, having joined the Navy's fleet just ... More >>
Dublin Bottling Works is celebrating its 121st birthday next Saturday, June 9, with "fanfare, music and a giant outdoor party in downtown Dublin." I'm thinking this is a great road trip for the kids. You know, we always say we're going to get them out to the country more -- let them stare at vast ... More >>
Till this morning, I'd never seen this 2-year-old Dallas-n-Arlington ad made by Victory Park-based TM Advertising as part of its Texas Tourism package; never had reason. (The Arts District! Souffles! The Dallas Cowboys!) But this morning we get word: The Texas Governor's Office of Economic Developme ... More >>
We're still waiting to see whether a judge thinks we're entitled to more details on how the producers of Top Chef will spend the estimated $400,000-plus the state paid to see its brand integrated into the show, which the show has thus far accomplished with lots of boots, Texas flags, and dish ... More >>
"Mmm. Taxpayer-funded chocolate is delicious."For several weeks now, as Top Chef crews have bounced around the state shooting next season's Texas-centric version of the popular Bravo reality show, journalists and food bloggers have wondered: How much, if anything, did the state pay for the sh ... More >>
News broke a couple weeks back that Bravo's Top Chef, the king of reality food TV's very crowded hill, is busy shooting its next season in cities around Texas, including Dallas. And last week, things seemed to take a turn for the sinister, when Eater reported that a Dallas-based advertising c ... More >>
TPWD/Michael BlackwellPaddling down the Dallas Trinity TrailThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sends word: May 10 is Texas Travel Rally Day, during which the TPWD will officially launch seven paddling trails in North Texas, beginning with the 8 a.m. shove-off from the Walnut Creek Paddling T ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Tom at the October topping-off ceremony at the downtown OmniAt present, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau is HQ'd out of the Republic Center on N. St. Paul. But the city just sent word: The DCVB late yesterday signed a deal (amount undisclosed) with developer Jack Matthe ... More >>
Mark GrahamLocal private spaceflight player Armadillo Aerospace has always had a complex relationship with NASA. Like other NewSpace teams, they pretty much define themselves against the glacial pace and dense bureaucracy of government spaceflight -- but at least until there's a real market for s ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsYears from now, they'll all be talking about that epic QuakeCon back when hookahs were still legal in Dallas.As Master o' Doom John Carmack wrapped his keynote sermon yesterday evening, the old familiar QuakeCon rhythm began drumming back to life, tap-tap-slurp, in the dim a ... More >>
North Texas has "poor clay soil, high humidity and really warm nights," in the words of a tour guide at Delaney Vineyards, but that hasn't stopped a few entrepreneurs from trying to jump start a wine tourism boom in Grapevine. Grapevine, home to seven wineries, has hosted an annual wine fest ... More >>
This week's paper version of Unfair Park includes the story of Armadillo Aerospace, the eight-man team of rocket builders that's grown into one of the country's leading NewSpace start-ups. From their first days tinkering in a North Dallas loading dock a decade ago to their new home in a Caddo Mills ... More >>
Back at the end of January, the Dallas Safari Club sent out the head-scratchingest press release in the history of ever: Said the release, it won't tolerate companies using its conventions to sell "child sex tourism" as part of their "international hunting and fishing excursions." Who said what n ... More >>
Dallas Convention & Visitors BureauIs Pioneer Plaza really "the best example" of Dallas's "iconic public art projects"?Pretty sure Sam's heading to the city council's Transportation and Environment Committee meeting today, during which council members will meet with Dallas Area Rapid Transit pres ... More >>
Kimberly Thorpe Mayor Tom Leppert at the DCVB meeting this morning. In case you couldn't tell who this is.The annual meeting of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau kicked off with drama and class -- a few notes played on a grand piano, a few notes sung from an opera. If you're goin ... More >>
The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau just sent word that locally based Terry McCullough Productions, Inc. scooped up a few Tellys at the annual awards shindig honoring commercial-makers. Among TMP's first-place prize-winners was a four-minute "travel and tourism" entry commissioned by the DC& ... More >>
Phillip Jones, president of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, and some tourism-toutin' pals went on Chilean television to sell Dallas. The result? Magic and chaos.
Sean Greene, the Dallas Zoo's director of community relations, read yesterday's item about folks protesting the zoo's moving Jenny the elephant to the Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico. Then he read the comments, which keep piling up from people who'd rather see Jenny sent to an elephant sanctua ... More >>
Steiner Associates This rendering of Glorypark's about as close as you'll get to the real thing for a long, long while. Just nine days ago, the new CEO for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau -- Jay Burress, still a senior veep at Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau for another couple of ... More >>
Jay Burress See, sooner or later everything in Dallas winds up in Arlington -- even the folks who sell Dallas to tourists and convention-goers; "trading up," I think it's called. Notes the The Startelegram today, Jay Burress -- currently the senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Dalla ... More >>
This one's for the ladies
Dallas gets thrown under the bus in this morning's Los Angeles Times. In a story about how the Fox series The O.C. -- which went from beloved to...uh...beloathed (?) in record time -- is likely to get the ax, there's also some question about how the show affected the image of Orange County. Well, na ... More >>
You know who's not trying to pray the gay away? The city of Dallas. For weeks there have been little pieces popping up about how "Dallas tourism officials [are] attempting to lure gay and lesbian visitors" (so said The Advocate on November 4) and "dozens of cities that didn't cater to gay travelers ... More >>
You know, I always thought spacesuits were terribly unflattering. Guess it all depends who's in the thing. There's a 30 percent chance the space shuttle Atlantis won't be able to launch today from Cape Caneveral, which so doesn't affect you. But should NASA have to delay its takeoff to Friday or pas ... More >>
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