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The second largest state in the US, Texas – aka the “Lone Star State” – features a wealth of natural assets and cultural attractions. Geographically, its south central location offers a diversity of landscapes, from desert regions and cave systems to mountains, canyons, and the splendid coastal scenery along the Gulf of Mexico. Its world-class cities are also a big draw and are packed with tourist attractions. Highlights include San Antonio’s superb River Walk (not to mention the famous Alamo); the galleries and museums of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston; the State Capitol in Austin; and the Space Center in Houston. Texas is also one of the most multicultural states, and Spanish influences in particular are still evident thanks to its status as a former colony of Spain.

The Alamo

On the eastern outskirts of San Antonio, the Alamo is one of the most important historic sites in America. Part of a mission station established in 1718, the Alamo was built by Franciscans in 1744 and by 1836, had been converted into a fort. It became famous during the Texan War of Independence after a small force barricaded themselves in against an overwhelmingly superior Mexican army some 3,000 strong. While the defeat saw all 187 defenders killed – including such famous names as Davy Crockett – the cry of “Remember the Alamo!” rallied the state to eventually overcome the Mexicans. Today, more than two-and-a-half million people visit this landmark annually to see its restored mission buildings and the cenotaph commemorating the fallen Texans.

President Kennedy & the 6th Floor Museum, Dallas

It was from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas that the fatal shot that took President John F. Kennedy’s life was fired. Now home to the Sixth Floor Museum, this tall red brick building offers a detailed account of the assassination, as well as Kennedy’s legacy. Highlights include accounts of his presidential campaign and term as president, all supported by historic footage, photos, and artifacts. Also worth a visit is the nearby John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, a huge monument dedicated to President Kennedy unveiled in 1970. 

Space Center Houston

Just 30 minutes’ drive from the heart of Houston, the Space Center is not only one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s home to NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, the monitoring center for the agency’s manned space flights. It’s a fascinating insight into the operations of the world’s largest space program, with many exhibits, film shows, models, astronaut-related artifacts, and samples of moon rock on display in the Visitor Center. Other highlights include objects collected during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs, as well as a chance to dress up as an astronaut, experience a space simulator, and see real rockets.

Big Bend National Park

One of the most popular wilderness areas in Texas, Big Bend National Park is in the southwestern part of the state on the frontier with Mexico around the great bend in the Rio Grande from which it takes its name. Lying at altitudes of between 1,870 feet and 7,875 feet, it’s made up of three different zones: the valley of the Rio Grande, the desolate landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Chisos Mountains. It’s thanks to this diversity that the park is home to more than 400 species of birds, including golden eagles and roadrunners, along with more than 1,100 species of plants. The park boasts 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from the five-mile-long Lost Mine Trail with its beautiful views to the 17-mile-long Window Trail through the Chisos Mountains (longer hikes are available, but should be done with an experienced guide). The other great attractions are the three canyons on the Rio Grande – the Mariscal, Boquillas, and Santa Elena Canyons – with their rock faces rising up to 1,650 feet above the river; and the Chisos Mountains with the 7,835-foot-tall Emory Peak and its wild gorges, precipitous rock faces, and gentle valleys. Hot Tip: A great way to experience the park is by boat, and a variety of river trips can be booked through the Panther Junction Park Headquarters.

San Antonio’s Spectacular River Walk

Stretching for several miles along the San Antonio River, the excellent River Walk cuts right through the heart of San Antonio, passing the city’s best shopping areas, restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Built below street level, this long pedestrian walkway hugs the river as it winds and weaves through the city, and is as popular among locals as it is for tourists, day and night. One of the best ways to tackle the attraction is to take a river cruise upstream, and walk back to your starting point, stopping for a bite to eat or a museum visit along the way. Hot Tip: Plan your visit to coincide with one of the area’s many festivals or popular arts and craft shows.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you’re looking to see some of the very best desert scenery in the US, be sure to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In the northwestern corner of the state, approximately 100 miles east of El Paso, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including golden eagles. The landscape itself is stunning, especially around the towering El Capitan, as well as the Guadalupe Peak, the highest elevation in Texas. It’s also tremendously popular with hikers thanks to its more than 80 miles of trails through spectacular woodland canyons and lush springs. Hot Tip: Be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center in Pine Springs for information on the park, including details of hiking and biking trails.

Padre Island National Seashore

The world’s longest undeveloped barrier island, Padre Island is just a short drive south of Corpus Christi and stretches 70 miles from end-to-end. One of the most important conservation areas in Texas, Padre Island consists of more than 130,000 acres of beach, dunes, and grassland habitats and is home to rare sea turtles and countless migratory birds, making it a birder’s paradise (all told, 350 different species visit this stopover on the Central Flyway migratory route). The Malaquite Visitor Center is the best place to begin your visit of this beautiful coastal region of the Gulf of Mexico. It provides plenty of information, as well as assistance for those with mobility issues, including providing specially adapted beach wheelchairs.

The Texas State Capitol in Austin

The Texas State Capitol, built in 1888, is considered one of the finest state legislatures in the US. In Austin’s downtown core and now a National Historic Landmark, it certainly impresses with its dimensions, standing 308 feet tall. Highlights of its 22-acre park include monuments to the defenders of the Alamo and to veterans of the Vietnam War. Guided tours of the building’s interior are available and start from the visitor center with its many displays. At dusk, head across to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge for a chance to witness the spectacle of a million or so Mexican free-tailed bats coming and going from their perches under the bridge.

The Fort Worth Stockyards

The Stockyards National Historic District remains Fort Worth’s biggest draw. Founded in 1866, the area took its name from the cattle industry, as it was here that millions of cattle were rested, sorted, or shipped out to other points across the state. The last surviving facility of its kind in the US, these historic stockyards have been transformed into a splendid attraction consisting of all sorts of fun things to see, including rodeos, concerts, theatrical performances, and western-themed shopping. Highlights include cattle driving demonstrations and a chance to saddle up for some trail riding. Be sure to check out the Stockyards Visitor Center and the Stockyards Museum, both of which provide information regarding current events as well as the history of this fun area of Fort Worth.

The USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

Moored off the shore just a few minutes’ stroll from the center of Corpus Christi, the mighty USS Lexington is one of the largest surviving vessels to have served in WWII. This important aircraft carrier was launched in 1943 and now serves as a naval museum. Highlights include a large collection of vintage aircraft, as well as a chance to visit the bridge and crew quarters. Also fun are the simulators and games, as well as a 3D movie that puts you in the pilot’s seat. Hot Tip: Opt for the four-hour Hard Hat Tour that takes you into the very heart of the ship.

State of the Arts: Texas Galleries and Museums

Texas boasts numerous excellent art galleries covering everything from the great Masters of Europe to modern artists from the US, as well as contemporary works from the Lone Star State itself. One of the most impressive collections is that of the Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903 and featuring more than 24,000 works including art from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; European art from the 16th to 19th centuries; and contemporary artists like Jackson Pollock. The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is home to a large collection of works from North America, Europe, Africa, and the Far East, including works of the Italian Renaissance and the French Impressionist movements. In Fort Worth, top picks include the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The state also boasts numerous smaller art facilities, including the Menil Collection in Houston, a group of four museums housing more than 17,000 important paintings and sculptures, prints, drawings, old books, and photos, as well as the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, home to the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the western world.

The Moody Gardens and Aquarium, Galveston

One of Galveston’s most important attractions is Moody Gardens. Famous for its three spectacular glass pyramids, the most popular being the superb Aquarium Pyramid, one of the largest in Texas and home to marine life from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Barrier Reef and the Caribbean. Also of interest is the Rainforest Pyramid, home to flora and fauna from the tropics including free-roaming monkeys and sloths, along with an abundance of birds, while the Discovery Pyramid is home to numerous fascinating hands-on science exhibits. Moody Gardens is also worth visiting for its water park, Palm Beach, with pleasant lagoons, slides, and a lazy river.

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Galveston

As one of the most important ports on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is heavily involved in the oil and gas industries. A fascinating attraction just a few minutes’ walk from the downtown core is the Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig and Museum. Built in 1969, the huge Ocean Star offers a great deal of entertainment value, as well as educational fun. Highlights include a close-up look at the equipment used to drill the 200 wells the rig was responsible for, in addition to numerous interactive displays explaining the extraction process, as well as the oil industry in general. Guided tours are available.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Just a short drive from San Antonio, the spectacular Natural Bridge Caverns are part of a vast underground network consisting of more than 10,000 different stalactite formations. The largest such cave network in the US accessible to the public, Natural Bridge Caverns includes highlights such as the 40-foot-high King’s Throne, a massive wall of stalactites found in one of the largest caverns, the Castle of the White Giants. Taking its name from the huge 60-foot limestone bridge spanning its entrance, Natural Bridge Caverns also offers a number of other fun activities, including themed tours (try the excellent lantern tour for a real thrill), as well as a treetop climbing adventure across a sprawling network of ropeways, platforms, and zip lines.

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When and where is the DigiMarCon South 2020 Conference?

DigiMarCon South 2020 takes place from May 20th to 21st, 2020 at the JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria in Houston, Texas. Click here for travel details.


JW Marriott Address:
5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
United States




What’s the Schedule?

Here’s the high-level schedule (note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
9:00am: Registration Desk & TECHSPO Hall Opens
9:50am – 12:00pm: Master Classes
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Master Classes
3:00pm – 3:40pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:40pm – 5:00pm: Master Classes
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:00am: Registration Desk & TECHSPO Hall Opens
9:50am – 12:00pm: General Sessions
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 3:00pm: General Sessions
3:00pm – 3:40pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:40pm – 5:00pm: General Sessions

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Farewell Cocktail Reception


How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon South 2020?

Regular price is $797 (USD) for a main conference access. We are also offering an All Access Pass, which includes the main conference, all Master Classes, Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Receptions and Video on Demand, for $1,097 (USD). Last but not least we have a Virtual Pass/Video On Demand (VOD) option for those who can’t make the conference for $347 (USD). For more information about pricing and the different passes available please click here.


What is included in the Main Conference Pass registration fee?

Your completed Main Conference Pass registration provides you the following:

  • Conference Bag
  • All General Sessions – Thursday, May 21st, 2019
  • AM/PM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Thursday, May 21st, 2019
  • Unlimited Access to the TECHSPO Hall – Thursday, May 21st, 2019
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception – Thursday, May 21st, 2019


What is included in the All Access Pass registration fee?

Your completed All Access Pass registration provides you everything included in the Main Conference Pass plus the following:

  • All Master Classes – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • AM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • On Demand – Available online approximately 2 weeks after conference concludes


What is included in the VIP Pass registration fee?

Your completed VIP Pass registration provides you everything included in the All Access Pass plus the following:

  • VIP Priority Registration Check-In – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on Master Class Day – Wednesday, May 20th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on General Session Day – Thursday, May 21st, 2019


How do I register? Register now!

Full registration information is available here.


What forms of payment are accepted?

The following forms of payment are accepted: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Payment is required to complete your registration.


Is there a group discount?

Absolutely! Bring as many colleagues as you’d like! Register FOUR or more people from the same company simultaneously to receive $200 discount off the prevailing registration price for each member of your group.

There are just a few simple Group Registration rules:

  • All registrants must be employed by the same company.
  • All members of the group must be registered at the same time. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • You must pre-register to take advantage of these rates, which will not be offered on site.
  • Group Registration Rates cannot be combined with any other offers.

More details about Group Rates here.


Are there academic, government, nonprofit or military discounts?

Academic, Government, Military & Non-Profit discount rates at DigiMarCon South 2020 apply to current full-time employees of academic institutions, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies, active military and non-profit organization employees only.

More details about Discount Rates here.


What is the dress code?

Conference attire is business casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.


Can I bring a guest to the conference and networking events?

All attendees at the conference and networking events must be registered attendees who purchased tickets.


Can I send a substitute in my place?

You may send a substitute in your place at any time. All such requests must be submitted by email to registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @). Only requests made by the original registrant will be honored.


What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation in DigiMarCon South 2020 at any time, but please be aware of the following cancellation policy listed below.

Registration cancellations received 90 days prior to the Conference incur a 25% processing/administrative fee. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after event. If you must cancel for any reason, notify our registration department by 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable. Substitutions allowed prior to 90 days prior to the Conference with written or Faxed authorization only. No substitutions less than 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use DigiMarCon credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and duplicate purchase. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds for badges that have been revoked.

Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. Discounted prices are based on the date payment is received in the DigiMarCon office. Reselling DigiMarCon South 2020 registrations is not permitted.


I live outside of United States, do you accept attendees from other countries?

Yes, international attendees are welcome at each of our conferences.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, can DigiMarCon prepare an invitation letter for me to attend the conference for Visa Processing purposes?

Yes, this is often requested for International Attendees. After you have registered, send a letter request email to info@digimarcon.com and provide your address, company name, company title and passport information to be included in the invitation letter.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, if my Visa Application is declined will I get a refund?

You can request a cancellation at any time. Refer to our refund policy for refund eligibility criteria.


Where should I stay in Houston?

The official conference hotel to stay in Houston is;

JW Marriott Houston
5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas, 77056
United States
https://digimarconsouth.com/jw-marriott-houston/

Hotel Booking Instructions

To book a room at JW Marriott Houston follow the instructions below;

By Phone:
Call 1-713-961-1500, ask for reservations, give group name ‘DigiMarCon South 2020’ and arrival date and book.


What networking activities are associated with DigiMarCon South 2020?

A full list of the official conference networking functions are available here.


Will I receive event updates?

Yes, DigiMarCon will send emails periodically to update you on the agenda, event happenings and logistics. Please make sure that the email address registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @) is in your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all important event information.


How can I submit to speak at DigiMarCon South 2020?

There are a limited number of sponsored keynote speaking spots still available during the conference. Please contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @), if you are interested in this opportunity.


Can I record what is presented at DigiMarCon South 2020?

Sessions may be audio recorded without special permission for personal use only. They cannot be placed online or transmitted to others without permission.

Sessions may be videoed only with special permission for personal use and also cannot be placed online or transmitted to others. Short audio and video clips may be used for blogging and press coverage of sessions. As a general guide, non-contiguous clips of one minute or less should be used. Contact us if you need guidance about longer clips.


How can we sponsor DigiMarCon South 2020?

Complete the sponsorship inquiry form here for more details on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities at DigiMarCon South 2020.


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