Meeting Planners

Familiarization Tour

Looking for a progressive city to host your next meeting or convention? Whether virtually or in-person we invite you to share in the excitement El Paso has to offer. Visit El Paso’s Convention Development Department invites you to El Paso Up and join us for an upcoming FAM Tour. The FAM will feature exciting city tours to include tours of prime meeting locations; a sampling of our renowned cuisine; and a special performance of a Broadway blockbuster or concert, at the historic Plaza Theatre.

Reserve your space today! All requests will be reviewed by Visit El Paso’s Convention Development Department and formal invitations will be mailed soon.

Interested in attending? Complete the application below.

What People Are Saying About El Paso

El Paso, TX is unlike any other place I’ve ever been. The area is rich in history, they have a beautiful culture and authentic Mexican food that I still crave to this day. As the CEO of National Pastime Athletics, what I look for is: professionalism, attentiveness and friendliness. El Paso far exceeded all my expectations on what a host city is capable of doing. I attended a FAM tour, along with 40 other people, and they were extremely organized and you could see a glow in the staff when they were taking us through their city. Because of their love for El Paso, I felt it too! I’m currently in negotiations to bringing my cheerleading tournament to the Sun City in 2016!

Mark Heiser, National Pastime Athletics

“El Paso is absolutely amazing! I had always thought El Paso was a flat, dry, desert city, but I was wrong. It is beautiful. The mountains are breath taking! There is artwork decorating the entire city not just downtown. The trees were blooming and were gorgeous! There is so much to do in this beautiful city. A few of my favorites are: riding the tram to the top of the mountain; watching the Chihuahuas baseball game; playing on the Digi Wall; exploring the Art and History Museums; going on the hayride at Cattlemen’s Restaurant & Ranch; riding in the pedicabs; and watching the Broadway musical “Wicked” at the beautiful historic Plaza Theatre. The food was delicious! But, most of all, the hospitality shown by El Pasoans is absolutely astounding! This is a great place to have a meeting/conference. There are many venues for any group size. There are facilities to accommodate all needs whether it be an outdoor venue with an amazing view or an indoor hotel or convention facility. Take your pick. El Paso has it all! Everyone should experience El Paso, TX at least once in their life!”

Donita Garza, State Program Director, Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)

I recently attended one of Visit El Paso’s FAM Tours and I can’t tell you how I impressed I was by their staff and the city as a whole. Having attended a substantial number of FAMs, I can honestly say that this was one of the most thoughtful, organized ones I’ve been on. Their attentive, courteous staff went out of their way to ensure that all 40 guests were having a great time and fully informed about the city’s history, attractions, meeting venues and other new developments. The Texas Association of Workforce Boards has committed to hosting a future event in El Paso and are looking forward to sharing El Paso’s top-rate hospitality. I highly encourage interested parties to sign up for one of their amazing FAM tours.

Greg Vaughn, Texas Association of Workforce Boards

Finding a city in which to hold our annual week-long international juggling festival is not an easy task. Our list of requirements is long and fairly ridiculous, and we have a sharp focus on affordability along with the need for several high-quality venues, all in a compact, walkable area.

The Visit El Paso team performed a minor miracle for us in offering the right mix of affordability, accessibility and world-class venues in a beautiful international city.

Mike Sullivan, Future Festival Site Coordinator, International Jugglers Association

What a great FAM introduction to everything El Paso has to offer! So much of a city can be measured by the warmth of its hospitality and the enthusiasm of those who live there and El Paso is at the top of the list. Can’t wait for our next trip back and a chance to see one of my favorite teams again!

Laura Rooney, Association of Moving Image Archivist

Your entire group did an outstanding job with the FAM several weeks ago. We have been on several of these before and El Paso was definitely the best.

It was done in a first-class manner. Staff was tremendous, organization of the schedule was excellent, activities were very conducive to the groups you all invited and it was a lot of fun. I’m glad we took the invitation as it made an impression on us and gave us reason to seriously consider El Paso as a Conference destination. Thanks again.

Rusty Dowling, Texas High School Athletic Directors Association

Thank you for showing us the major revitalization efforts taking place throughout the city, hosting us for a fun ballgame at the new stadium, taking us to the Plaza Theater to experience Jersey Boys with a super enthusiastic crowd, hearing from an FBI agent about safety efforts/situation, visiting Fort Bliss and their Simulation Center, visiting ADP and understanding why they are a magnet for other companies, and watching the truly wonderful Lucchese Boots being hand made at the factory. Christmas is December 25th, but in El Paso, it was May 26th to May 30th We appreciate your hospitality, warm welcome, fun times, great people, upbeat attitude, over the top generosity, and genuine connections with so many in your group.

Katie Burdorf, WBG Consulting

Another great Fam Tour! Thank you again for all your hospitality. It has been a great pleasure learning more about the mega region over the last 2 years. My hat is off to all who was involved.

Paige Webster, Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global

I would like to Thank you and the entire Destination El Paso staff for such a wonderfully executed event! Over the course of the last 25 years I have experienced quite a few FAM’s to some amazing places and I have to tell you this one definitely stands out as a new favorite. I was more than pleasantly surprised with ALL that El Paso has to offer and can assure you I will not be overlooking it for my clients. I look forward to working with you all soon.

JoAnn Trchalek, Meeting Planner, HelmsBriscoe

Thank you for all your careful attention to detail. I can’t wait for my meeting attendees to fall in love with El Paso like I did.

Terri Killen, Director of Special Events, Texas State Historical Association

TACVB loves El Paso! We love it so much we’ve held two annual conferences there within the last 5 years. If you’re looking for a unique Texas destination with stellar support and service, look no further than El Paso. The city offers beautiful scenery, a walkable downtown, amazing venues, and food that is second to none. The El Paso team provides an experience that is memorable and fun for our attendees, as well as making things easy for staff as the meeting planner. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Sarah Page, CEO Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus

You have been exemplary and all great hosts. Many of us enjoyed the game last night, especially because they won. I have made great connections and look forward to referring my clients here. The whole team is great and your welcome and graciousness exceeds others!!

Maria Giuriato, Meeting Planner,

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