Austin’s story, like the popular city itself, is ever evolving. There is always something new and exciting happening around town.

The Austin metropolitan area hosts a population of 1.5 million people, with about 800,000 people living within city limits. Austinites enjoy 300 days of sunshine annually, with an average year-round temperature of 70°F. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin is home to world-renowned festivals such as SXSW® and Austin City Limits Music Festival, along with more than 250 venues featuring rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punkmed_image_565 or Latino shows nightly. Austin’s universal appeal extends well beyond music, with outstanding dining experiences, world-class sporting events, an oasis of outdoor activities and other unique happenings only Austin can offer.

If you are looking for local food in Austin, you can find options on almost every restaurant menu, or you can shop at one of the 11 certified farmers markets or six urban farms located within city limits. Austin is also home to a thriving arts, history and cultural scene with public art displays throughout the city and world-class museums and cultural centers.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to experience Austin’s vibrant entertainment and culture, tantalizing culinary delights or outdoors, you’ll quickly discover Austin features its own unique soundtrack.
(Information courtesy of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit for more information.)


With an area of more than 268,000 square miles and a growing population of more than 26.1 million residents, Texas ranks second nationally in land area and population. Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State, as a reminder of Texas’ struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texas state seal. The origin of the state name, Texas, is from the word, “Tejas”, which means ‘friends’ in the Caddo language.med_image_287

Texas has a rich history, as evident by the numerous historical and archeological sites officially recognized by the Texas Historical Commission. The periods of Texas history can be represented by the Six flags over Texas. This slogan describes the six countries that had sovereignty over some or all of the current territory: Spain (1519-1685, 1690-1821), France (1685-1689), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), United States of America (1845-1861, current) and Confederate States of America (1861-1865).

Agriculture plays an important role in Texas’s economy. According to USDA’s 2011 State Agriculture Overview, the state’s farmland acreage totals more than 130,000,000 acres, with the average farm size measuring 531 acres. The top five agriculture commodities in Texas are cattle and calves, cotton, dairy products, broilers and greenhouse/nursery products.


The Hilton Austin hotel is situated in downtown Austin, Texas, adjacent to the Austin Convention Center. The hotel is surrounded by the city’s vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment scene. The famous 6th Street Entertainment District, Warehouse District and 2nd Street District are all located within walking distance of this Austin convention center hotel, and Austin Bergstrom International Airport is just seven miles away.

Conference hotel rates: $159/ single and $179/ double

For booking codes and details, see the Lodging page.


— Austin is a 1.5 hour drive from San Antonio, a 3 drive from Houston and a 3 hour drive from Dallas. It is not essential to have a car at this conference, however, if you plan on staying in Texas before or after the conference, a car will definitely aid in your exploration.

PlaneAustin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is located 7.5 miles from downtown Austin.  AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America offer flights to AUS. Rental vehicles, taxi cabs, Capital Metro and SuperShuttle services are available to aid in transportation from the airport to downtown Austin and the convention host site.

Train — There is an Amtrak station located in downtown Austin. The Texas Eagle route runs daily between Chicago and San Antonio, stopping in St. Louis, Dallas and Austin.

BusMegabus offers service to Austin from Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The Megabus stop for all arrivals and departures in Austin is located in the parking lot next to Dobie Mall on the west side of Whitis Avenue between West 20th Street and West 21st Street. Greyhound also serves Austin, with a station located at 916 East Koenig Lane.