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.

Houston Convention District Takes Shape

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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.”

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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.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

Smart Meetings

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.

Houston’s Super Bowl Showcase

Smart Meetings

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.

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.

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

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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

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.

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

10 New Houston Venues for Summer Meetings and Events

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3 New Ideas for Entertaining in Houston

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Consider Yourself Invited to Avenida Houston

Smart Meetings

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.

10 New Venues in Houston for Spring Meetings and Events

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

Event Industry News

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.

10 New Houston Venues for Fall Meetings and Events

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Eventinterface partners with Zenus to offer world’s first facial recognition event check-in.

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As part of our ongoing efforts to make onsite conference management more efficient, secure and cost-effective, Eventinterface has partnered with Houston-based Zenus to integrate facial recognition technology at event check in.

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

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Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. Houston. Everything really is bigger in Texas, including Houston. George R. Finding a host city for a key meeting can be a geographic Rubik’s cube of schedules and locations that can seem impossible to solve.

How to Measure the Success of Your Conference

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Denson, CMP , Senior Sales Manager with Houston-based Corporate Events and Occasions, LLC shares: “For years, conference managers have struggled to improve the communication and deliverables that their stakeholders need.

Interviews With Planners - Mia Monroe, CSEP, CGMP, CMP

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She actively serves on the Corporate Board of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, the Houston Chapter of the George Washington University Alumni Association and is a member of Society for Government Meeting Professionals.

2016 Industry Leaders: Trailblazers & Groundbreakers

Connect Your Meetings

From Houston to Las Vegas to Milwaukee, this troupe of trailblazers is visionary, insightful and savvy about the events industry. The world of meetings is all about building relationships. That’s why Connect Association produces this annual list of industry leaders, which you can quickly look through to get to know destination and organization influencers on a different level. Here, you’ll be introduced to 18 committed thought leaders who go above and beyond for their association clients.

100 Destinations and Counting: Marriott’s CRN Continues to Grow

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The network also has presence in near Kansas City Crown Plaza, Houston Galleria, Denver Convention Center, downtown Dallas and the Boston waterfront and convention center. Cresent Terrace photo from Marriott’s press release.

Surprises Inside

PCMA Convene

This week, I blew in and out of Houston for 16 hours to participate in a panel session during the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) 2016 Travel and Tourism Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Smart Meetings

Houston convention district. Houston, Texas. Houston’s downtown convention district is undergoing a $1.5 The most noticeable change is the new five-block, pedestrian-friendly Avenida Houston, which can host outdoor gatherings for convention attendees.

How Lufthansa’s FlyingLab Maximizes Your Travel Time by Bringing Conferences to the Sky

PCMA Convene

A month later, on March 9, passengers on flight LH 440 from Frankfurt to Houston heard talks on virtual reality, drones, bots, and startup entrepreneurship that reflected the agenda at SXSW in nearby Austin.

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.

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.”

More industry challenges and solutions

Plan Your Meetings

Security was a big concern for the attendees of PYM LIVE Houston.

Slight Rise Predicted for Hotel Rates in 2017

Smart Meetings

Hotel rates will slightly rise in 2017 in Orlando, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta and Denver, but potentially fall in Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, North Carolina, according to a recently released report.

Creative Event Ideas: Embracing Weirdness, Pop-up Islands, and Running Conventions

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Such cities in the US include Houston, Detroit, and Tampa. What a time to be alive! If you’ve been itching for creative event ideas, we have a quite a few for you. On today’s menu we have oil wrestling, air guitar championships and bog snorkling.

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20 Best and Worst Airports in America

Smart Meetings

Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Texas (IAH). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

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

Event Industry News

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.

Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

Smart Meetings

After a very successful Super Bowl, Houston received praise from both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most thrilling events in recent years—both on and off the field.

Texas CVBs Battle Proposed Bathroom Law SB 6

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We’ve put together a coalition of all the major CVBs in Texas, including Fort Worth , Dallas, San Antonio , Houston and Austin, along with the Texas Association of CVBs. Visit Dallas President and CEO Phillip Jones lets the numbers do the talking when campaigning against Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), a proposed bathroom law in Texas. The legislation would require transgender people to use restrooms based on their gender at birth rather than how they identify themselves.

16th Annual Meetings Industry Forecast

PCMA Convene

It’s easy to explain Houston’s reversal of fortune with problems in the oil sector, but big group markets like Chicago, New Orleans, and Orlando have also sold fewer rooms through August. What’s in store next year? Hotel prices will increase by 4 percent in North America and decrease by 0.6

JetBlue’s Cuba Flights to Begin This Month

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The flights would be from Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, as well as Newark, New Jersey, and Tampa, Florida. JetBlue is planning to offer regularly scheduled trips to Cuba beginning this month, thereby becoming the first U.S.

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

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Brown Convention Center in Houston; Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta; Jacob K.

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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Greater Houston CVB. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings.

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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.

Airlines Respond to Incidents with Apologies, Policy Changes

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United Airlines’ decision coincided with another incident involving passengers who were removed from a United flight at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.