Exploring the New Convention District in the Heart of Houston

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It was the new installation Rain by Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández at the Cistern, an unused reservoir from the 1920s in Houston. This was one of many surprises during a short visit hosted by Visit Houston to experience Avenida Houston, the city’s newly reconfigured convention district.

3 New Ideas for Entertaining in Houston

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Get inspired with the latest ideas in destination planning, gifts, and more in and around Houston

10 New Houston Venues for Summer Entertaining and Events

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Here's a look at new Houston eateries, drinking spots, hotels, conference areas, private rooms, and other spaces for all types

Houston After Harvey

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Over the course of four days, Harvey dropped 30 to 50 inches of rain on Houston, creating widespread flooding, displacing tens of thousands of people from their homes, temporarily disrupting energy and agricultural production, and causing up to $50 billion in property damage. The George R.

10 New Venues in Houston for Spring Meetings and Events

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Here's a look at new Houston hotels, conference centers, restaurants, private rooms, and other spaces to open for events this

Houston Convention Center Turns Evacuee Shelter

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As Houston residents seek refuge and assistance from Tropical Hurricane Harvey , assistance from the city’s most popular meetings venue, George R. Dozens of Houston police officers walked the floor. “We’ve

Report from Houston during the flood

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In July, Gabriel Garza took on a new role as president of the MPI Houston Area Chapter. The total anticipated rain from the storm is expected to match or exceed the rainfall that Houston sees in an entire year—all in a week. Meeting industry news flood Houston hurricane

What’s New at Avenida Houston

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Known as the city’s new epicenter of dining, entertainment, and more, Avenida Houston is quickly becoming an integral part of meetings and conventions in the Greater Houston area. The post What’s New at Avenida Houston appeared first on Blog.

10 New Venues in Houston for Summer Entertaining and Events

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Here's a look at new Houston eateries, drinking spots, hotels, conference areas, private rooms, and other spaces to open for

Houston is Foodie Heaven

Smart Meetings

As a first-timer to Texas, I didn’t know what to expect upon touching down in Houston for a fam trip this spring. For the uninitiated like me, Houston can seem indistinguishable from any other bustling metropolitan city. Barbacoa de Res de Zaachila, Xochi.

Houston After Harvey

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Brown Convention Center (GRB) sits where it does in downtown Houston. It was designed that way, according to Mike Waterman, president of Visit Houston. We were also joined in the conversation by Leah Shah, Visit Houston’s public-relations manager. The George R.

10 New Venues in Houston for Spring Meetings and Events

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Here's a look at new Houston hotels, conference centers, restaurants, private rooms, and other spaces to open for events this

Houston Convention District Takes Shape

Smart Meetings

Earlier this month, Smart Meetings received a hard hat in the shape of a cowboy hat in the mail as a PR tool to call attention to the emerging Houston convention district project. billion facelift, Houston’s Tex appeal is growing by the minute.”

Top 5 Event Planners: Houston

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It has been listed as a Top Ten Independent Planner by the Houston Business Journal since 2007. The post Top 5 Event Planners: Houston appeared first on The Social Tables Blog. Elias Events.

How Houston Smashed Tourism Records in 2016

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Marriott Marquis Houston’s lazy river. Boosted by hosting Super Bowl LI and several other factors, Houston welcomed 20.5 In 2015, Visit Houston announced an ambitious initiative to boost tourism to the region. The world is waking up to a new Houston.

10 New Houston Venues for Fall Meetings and Events

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10 New Houston Venues for Fall Meetings and Events

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3 New Ideas for Entertaining in Houston

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Houston’s Super Bowl Showcase

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This week, the epicenter of the sports world shifts to Houston, site of Super Bowl LI. As a Super Bowl host, Houston is no rookie, but a lot has changed since the must-see sporting event last drew crowds to the nation’s fourth-most populous city.

August 28, 2017: Houston Opens Convention Center for Hurricane Harvey Victims, V.M.A.s Get Serious With Politically Charged Show, The Weeknd Cancels Grey Goose Concert at the Last Minute

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HOUSTON OPENS CONVENTION CENTER FOR HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS: In the wake of record flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey over

10 New Venues in Houston for Spring Meetings and Events

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

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Amid all the hype about the Super Bowl, you probably heard that Houston has had a makeover. So much has changed in the last few years to transform Houston into a nearly brand new city. Arts, culture and meetings combine at Avenida Houston. Houston has no ethnic majority—a U.S.

10 New Houston Venues for Summer Meetings and Events

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Houston, Los Angeles CVBs Make Social Media Bet on World Series

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Visit Houston and Discover Los Angeles have agreed to allow the winning city’s CVB to take over the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds for the losing city’s CVB for one day. And shortly after, Houston responded, @discoverLA , bring it on! — Visit Houston Texas (@VisitHouston) October 22, 2017. Beginning Friday, the next three games will be played in Houston. If the Dodgers win, Abbott will send Brown a six-pack of Houston-brewed beer and Texas barbecue.

Consider Yourself Invited to Avenida Houston

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Even the artwork at Houston’s reimagined convention district is inviting. As Houston prepares to host the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, the new Avenida Houston district christened a piece of artwork that is designed to welcome the public and delegates to George R.

Super Bowl LI Preview: What ESPN, 'Rolling Stone,' and 'Playboy' Have Planned for Houston

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Convention Centers Take on New Emergency Roles

Smart Meetings

As Houston residents seek refuge from Tropical Hurricane Harvey , assistance from the city’s most popular meetings venue, George R. Dozens of Houston police officers walked the floor. “We’ve

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August 31, 2017: Book Festivals Are Becoming More Successful, a Pop-Up Shop Handed Out Climbing Gear 300 Feet Up a Cliff, Houston Music Venues Plan to Reopen After Harvey

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BOOK FESTIVALS ARE BECOMING MORE SUCCESSFUL: The publishing industry might not be in the best state, but book festivals

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6 Places Spreading the Entomophagy Bug for F&B

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Hugo’s—Houston. A post shared by Hugo's restaurant (@hugos_houston) on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:27am PDT. Does the thought of eating bugs make your skin crawl? That might change soon. Earlier this month, Justin Timberlake served ants and grasshoppers at an album listening party. And it’s quite common globally. Insect-eating, or entomophagy , is big in most parts of the world, including Central and South America as well as Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Zenus launches world’s first facial recognition event check-in

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The Houston-based startup Zenus has launched its API to integrate its facial recognition technology with registration platforms across the globe. Zenus has announced its first tranche of partnerships with three event management software platforms.

Why Your Meeting Needs Warm Cookies

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The proof came at the Public Relations Society of America’s 2016 Travel and Tourism Conference at Four Seasons Hotel Houston , where CVB staff from across the United States ate up the treats—warmed in toaster ovens, no less. Tiff’s Treats , with locations in the Atlanta, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio areas, delivers warm cookies to offices and conference centers.

Uber and Destinations Hit a Roadblock

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Similar rules in Houston have resulted in a threat there, while Uber and Lyft are blowing their horns at Chicago for considering the check. Sarfraz Maredia, Uber’s general manager in Houston, had a blistering critique of the city’s policy in a blog post. “In In Houston, the outdated and complex licensing process prevents many individuals who simply want to drive part time from doing so,” wrote Maredia.

5 Questions for Qualifying Event Planning Clients

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The challenge was that he had the same budget as the previous year when the meeting was in Houston. We were able to accommodate our client’s request for a Beverly Hills meeting on a Houston budget.

Ayrton helps Lady Gaga bring warmth to the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

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On 5 February Houston, Texas played host to the NFL’s Super Bowl LI, fought out between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium.

22 Days at George R. Brown

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But the Houston First Corporation, which operates Houston’s performing-arts and convention facilities, was already preparing the George R. 25, Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Port Aransas, Texas, roughly 200 miles from Houston. At its peak, George R.

4 Smart Moves from Benchmark, Visit Denver and More

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Mowery joins Visit Denver from JW Marriott Houston Downtown, where he served as director of sales and catering. Previously, Mowery held several positions at Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, handling national association citywides greater than 1,500 on peak.

Facial recognition comes to event check-in

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in Computer Science from the University of Houston. On this episode of Event TALK, we are speaking with Panos Moutafis, President of facial recognition company Zenus.

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The Role of Meetings in the Rise of the Selfie

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A photogenic stretch of cobblestoned street in the Dumbo neighborhood in Brooklyn, where Convene has space in the Made in NY Media Center, is a popular spot for selfies. Collectively, we take more than a million selfies a day, which is a lot, even taking into account outliers like a man in the U.K.

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The Community Driven Convention Center

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The rendering at left shows Houston’s developing convention-center campus, anchored by 12-acre Discovery Green, in front of the George R. HOUSTON: It’s All in the Mix. And so we have seen, really, a transformation of Houston.”

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Show Off Your City in the 2017 CVB Selfie Contest

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Last year’s winner, Mike Waterman, CEO for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, submitted a selfie showing some Houston Texans pride outside of the NRG Stadium.

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