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Mesquite, TX – November 10, 2021 - Three large convention groups held their national events at the Mesquite Convention Center leading to a successful fall for Mesquite tourism. The Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomed the English Springer Spaniels Field Trial Association, Siberian Husky Club of America and the Rhodesian Ridgebacks National Specialty groups with nearly 1,000 dog owners bringing their pets to Mesquite to compete.
The Manager of the Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jessica McClellan, said, “These three dog convention groups brought in approximately $270,000 in revenue to the Hampton Inn & Suites, Dallas – Mesquite, alone. We believe this is more revenue from convention groups than the city has ever experienced and that is coming out of the pandemic. The tourism industry is still down in terms of business travelers. Convention groups like these and leisure travelers are shoring up the tourism market right now. This is a great benefit to the City.”
McClellan added approximately 40% of all travelers in the United States report traveling with their pets, so it’s an important audience. The CVB has a web page, www.visitmesquitetx.com/pets that has a list of dog friendly hotels, leash-free zone parks, patio dining, veterinarians, dog groomers and more to support these guests during their stay.
The Mesquite Convention Center is a popular venue for pet shows. Angie Luna, organizer of the Siberian Husky Club of America show described the Mesquite Convention Center as a “very dog friendly site…and they met all of our requirements” as well as “there are a lot of restaurants nearby with a lot of different choices. Nancy Faville, organizer of the Rhodesian Ridgebacks National Specialty show shared the Mesquite Convention Center was the “perfect fit” for her group that requires a venue that has a large enough square footage.