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The city hosts many professional golf tournaments each year including the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial. Dallas golf courses are plentiful. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo features some of America's "real" cowboys and cowgirls competing every spring and summer for cash prizes.

Those who would rather play than watch will find Dallas interwoven with 50,000 acres of parkland and more than 60 lakes within a 100-mile radius. Biking, jogging, golf and water skiing are all popular sports for locals and visitors alike.

The city is also rich with medical resources. Public and private colleges and universities and some of the most distinguished health care facilities in the country are found in Dallas. People come from around the world to study medicine at University of Texas Southwestern and Baylor College of Dentistry.

Dallas is also a mecca for shoppers, and no wonder as it boasts more shopping centers per capita than New York City. Not only is Dallas home to internationally recognized specialty store Neiman Marcus and department store JCPenney, but it is also the site of America's oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village. Internationally recognized apparel designers Todd Oldham and Victor Costa also call Dallas home.

Dallas continues to attract both large and small corporations to the area and currently is home to 140,000 companies including more than 5,000 headquarters operations. Some of the Dallas-based corporations include clothing manufacturer Haggar Clothing Company; retail giant JCPenney; cosmetics company Mary Kay; and Texas Instruments, the inventor of the computer microchip.

With more than 65,000 hotel rooms in Dallas, from downtown to uptown, the city offers a variety of accommodations including five star hotels, bed and breakfasts and economy rooms. And Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport places the city within three and a half hours of most North American cities. Numerous domestic and international carriers connect DFW with most major international markets, while Dallas Love Field Airport provides convenient regional service into the heart of the city.

Dallas is proud of its heritage and its accomplishments. Today, the city is home to citizens from around the world. Their histories and cultures are intertwined with what was originally known as Texan.

Information in this report appears courtesy of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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