We have waited a long time to write this article. There’s no other city that has been requested more in over 30 years, that we have had to steer groups away from, then Dallas. Since we started in 1988 military reunion groups have been asking us “what do you have in Dallas?”. It checks off all the important marks for a good reunion city: centrally located from anywhere in the country, tons of airfare to Dallas at reasonable costs, easy transportation, great group tour options and activities, and has good hotel rates available. But what about the hosptiatlity room?? To AFR, having a large hospitality room in the hotel’s function space, where you have enough room to spread out with round tables for seating for all attendees, tables for memorabilia, AND the ability to provide your own snacks, beverages, and alcohol to self-serve – is THE KEY to a successful reunion. Almost all reunion groups require this from their host hotel, so AFR has never suggested cities where this is not available. For almost 35 years, Dallas was one of those cities. There have simply never been hotels willing to allow the hospitality room reunions want- Until now.
At Armed Forces Reunions, Inc., we are booking military reunions all over the country year-round. We have a constant pulse on what hotels in what cities not only allow the hospitality room you want, but meet all the other “reunion-friendly” hotel conditions: low rates for veterans, discounts on banquet menus and hotel restaurants, conveniently located for transportation, free meeting space, low or no risk to your association, waived deposits, and offering a long list of complimentary items from sleeping rooms to AV. And of course, the city should have great group tour options, some ties to the military, and be convenient to travel to. We’re constantly doing the due-diligence necessary, so when you call us, you can be sure you’re getting the best and most up to date options and knowledge.
It will be hard to beat Dallas now there are a couple hotels that can accommodate your hospitality room. Once we get your hotel settled, there is so much to do and see between Dallas and Fort Worth to plan for your group. A few days could be spent exploring downtown Dallas alone, whether it’s in Historic West End District or Dealy Plaza where you’ll find Dallas’ #1 visitor attraction – The Sixth Floor Museum. It’s located in the former Texas School Depository and showcases the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. A short drive away is Fort Worth, or “Cowtown”. You could describe it as Dallas’ wild west counterpart. A must-see for any group here is the Fort Worth Stockyards. They have authentic Old West shops and restaurants, wild west shows, rodeos, and concerts all year at the Cowtown Coliseum, and don’t miss the daily Longhorn Cattle Drive through the middle of town! If you feel like venturing further outside of DFW, plan a group trip up to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum to see one of the largest private collections of war birds from WWII to Vietnam eras, and make a stop in Grapevine on your way back. Historic Grapevine gives your group a great opportunity for lunch and shopping in the dozens of antique shops, boutique, and restaurants on Main Street. Most of the art, wine, and music festivals in the DFW area are held in Grapevine.
Whether you’re a DFW local volunteer for your group, your group’s chair every year, or been tasked by your chair to research hotels in the area – give us a call today and we’ll guide you directly to THE best hotels in the Dallas area for a military reunion.
If your group is 100 total attendees or less, get started now by visiting www.BookMyReunion.com/Dallas and submit the Get A Proposal form, our hotel partners that accept AFR’s Risk Free Military Reunion Hotel Contract will connect with you directly within a few business days. Using AFR’s hotel contract will eliminate the Room Attrition clause and Food & Beverage Minimum, which is the financial risk with hotel contracts. Don’t stress about having a big penalty for not meeting your numbers for rooms and meals, get the nation’s leading military reunion planner on your side and just worry about having a good time.