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ICHI 2015 will be held in Dallas, Texas USA, 2015.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Richardson: North Dallas hotel in the Telecom Corridor, just minutes from UTD and over 500 high-tech companies. Complimentary shuttle within 5 miles. Please follow this link for directions to the hotel.
To reserve your room(s), please follow the following link to obtain ICHI2015 rates at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richardson:
*The special room rate of $85 per night will be available only until October 6th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
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We provide some interesting history about the city of Dallas. (We acknowledge here that many of the contents and pictures below are from Dallas Convention Bureau).
1 History – 19th Century
While Dallas is relatively young when compared to many cities, its past is as colorful and eventful as any. In 1839, John Neely Bryan, a lawyer from Tennessee with a taste for adventure, wandered into the area. He was impressed with what he believed to be the perfect ingredients for a trading post and eventually a town: plenty of raw land, Indians with whom to do business, and the river. He laid claim to 640 acres and sketched out a town, designating a courthouse square and 20 streets.
2 History –20th Century
Gradually and with some adversity, the young city grew. A “can-do” spirit helped bring: the railroads to the area in the 1870s, the Federal Reserve Bank in 1914, Southern Methodist University in 1915, Dallas Love Field airport in 1927, the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1973 and the Republican National Convention in 1984 – to name just a few. For every one of these major public endeavors, there have been countless private enterprise initiatives that have helped put Dallas on the map. In 1907, fashion and elegant living were redefined when Neiman Marcus opened in downtown Dallas and J.S. Armstrong opened his exclusive Highland Park shopping development north of the city. In 1930, C.M. “Dad” joiner struck oil 100 miles east of the city. With the discovery and development of the East Texas oil field – the largest petroleum deposit on earth at the time – Dallas became a center of oil-related activity. Although Dallas County has never had a working oil well, the region’s role as the financial and technical center for much of the state’s drilling industry has been as good as gold. Commerce and industry have followed suit, adding to the city’s success and progress.
The 1960s was a time of turmoil in many U.S. cities, and Dallas had its share. The lowest point in Dallas history came on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on a downtown street. The people of Dallas took it hard and entered a period of deep self-evaluation and introspection. Under the leadership of Mayor J. Erik Jonsson, the co-founder of Texas Instruments and the University of Texas at Dallas, the city regainedits self-esteem.
Football’s Dallas Cowboysbegan their march to fame in the 1960s, as did entrepreneurs such as Ross Perot and Mary Kay Ash. The Dallas Market Center continued to grow, and Six Flags over Texas opened in nearby Arlington.
3 History – Beyond 20th Century
In 1965, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth agreed to build an airport to serve the entire region. With the opening of the giant DFW Airport in 1973, John Neely Bryan’s dream of a major inland port was finally realized.As the 1980s came to a close, Fortune Magazine named DFW – site of several major corporate relocations – the no. 1 business center in the land. Dallas also gained international attention as a dominant force in the convention, meetings and tourism industry. Important to this effort was the rejuvenation of Downtown Dallas as a major center for entertainment and other pursuits. The Dallas Arts District, the West End Historic District and continued renovation and upgrading of downtown hotels has been a driving force in this renaissance.
As we move further into the 21st century, Dallas continues to build on its strengths: friendly people, entrepreneurial spirit, flare for style and innovation, mild climate, excellent accessibility, and outstanding quality of life. Visitors and residents alike enjoy exceptional opportunities.
4 View of Dallas: Some Maps and Pictures (Thanks: Dallas Convention Bureau)
a. Downtown Dallas
b. Main street and Stone street gardens
c. Dallas Arts District
d. Winspear Opera House
e. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas Museum of Arts
f. West Village is where pedestrians rule & shoppers, diners & locals come together for nightlife, dining, and shopping.
g. North Park Center: Largest shopping center in North Texas at over 2.4 million s.f.
h. The park: A 5.2-acre deck park in Downtown creating pedestrian connectivity between Uptown, Downtown and the Arts District
i. Dallas Arboretum: hosts Dallas Blooms is the largest floral festival in the south, showcasing over 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs. The annual festival takes place in March and April.
j. Southfork Ranch continues to be a popular tourist attraction. Television series, “Dallas”, which ran from 1978 – 1991, was filmed here.