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6/20/2014 Overseas Visitor Growth to Houston Fastest in the U.S.

HOUSTON (June 20, 2014) - The Bayou City experienced the largest increase in overseas visitors of any U.S. city between 2012 and 2013, according to a report released this week from the Commerce Department... Read More »

6/4/2014 Comicpalooza generates $10M for Houston, draws 33,000 fans

HOUSTON (June 4, 2014) – In its sixth year, Comicpalooza drew a record crowd of nearly 33,000 to the George R. Brown Convention Center over Memorial Day Weekend... Read More »

5/14/2014 The Votes are in and the Winners of the 2014 Locals' Choice Awards are...

Dozens of Houston hospitality companies were voted the best of the best in the inaugural VisitHouston.com Locals’ Choice Awards... Read More »

4/14/2014 GHCVB Executive Committee Approves Framework for Deal with Houston First

HOUSTON (April 14, 2014) - The executive committee of the board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has voted in favor of continuing negotiations on a plan that would align the organization with Houston First Corp... Read More »

3/26/2014 GHCVB Books $345M in Future Conventions in 2013

HOUSTON (March 26, 2014) - The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated a banner year in 2013 with future convention bookings totaling more than 551,000 room nights for a direct impact of $345 million... Read More »

3/21/2014 Film Biz Brought $54M to Houston in 2013

HOUSTON (March 21, 2014) -- In 2013, The Houston Film Commission recorded its best year since 2007, with a significant increase in projects and overall shooting days. And with even more projects anticipated for 2014, Houston continues to solidify itself as an attractive destination for film producers... Read More »

2/12/2014 Nation's Top Health Care Professionals Tapped for Inaugural Medical World Americas

HOUSTON (February 12, 2014) - A top emergency response commander with the U.S. Coast Guard, a pioneering researcher in cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and a leader in genomic medicine at MD Andersen Cancer Center are just a few of the more than 80 speakers who will present at the inaugural Medical World Americas conference and expo in April in Houston... Read More »

2/4/2014 GHCVB Earns Marketer of the Year for 2013

HOUSTON - February 04, 2014 - The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has won the 2013 Marketer of the Year award in the category of Economic Development for its Houston Is national ad campaign... Read More »

1/27/2014 Houston in the Arts: 2014

HOUSTON (Jan. 27, 2014) - Houston knows how to make waves in the art world. Renowned institutions such as the Menil Collection and the Houston Grand Opera have made the Bayou City a destination for art lovers around the globe... Read More »

1/9/2014 GHCVB names Garza-Monarchi first female chair

HOUSTON (Jan. 9, 2013) - The board of directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has elected Sonia Garza-Monarchi, the owner of a small consulting business and former chief of Houston's protocol and international affairs office, as chair of the organization. Garza-Monarchi becomes the first female chair of the GHCVB and the second Latino in the organization's 50-year history... Read More »

12/10/2013 Houston Hosts Major Convention Industry Expo

HOUSTON (December 10, 2013) - The Bayou City is showing off on the international meetings stage this week as 2,000 convention and meetings professionals from 43 countries gather for one of the industry's largest annual events... Read More »

9/30/2013 Halloween on the Bayou

From haunted houses to family-friendly boo bashes in H-Town... Read More »

7/22/2013 2nd Quarter Sets the Tone for GHCVB's Future

Convention Attendance Up as City is in the Spotlight.. Read More »

6/25/2013 Houston Convention District to Add 2,000 rooms by 2016

Additional Downtown Hotels Undergo Major Renovations.. Read More »

5/21/2013 Houston to Host Super Bowl LI in 2017

BOSTON (May 21, 2013) -National Football League team owners have awarded Super Bowl LI to Houston following a highly competitive bidding process that brought together a multitude of local public agencies and private entities... Read More »

4/23/2013 Human Genome Meeting Coming to Houston in 2016

HOUSTON (April 23, 2013) - The Human Genome Meeting, a major international medical conference focusing on the human genome, will be held for the first time in the U.S. thanks to the efforts of Texas Medical Center and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau... Read More »

3/27/2013 GHCVB Celebrates 50th Anniversary by Looking to the Future

In 1963, at the direction of Mayor Louie Welch, seven men gathered at the Rice Hotel. Their purpose—to create an organization dedicated to marketing Houston as a convention and leisure destination... Read More »

2/28/2013 New Annual Medical Conference To Launch in Houston in 2014

New Conference Part of Larger Initiative to Raise Global Profile of City's Medical Industry.. Read More »

2/6/2013 Houston Launches Largest Destination Image Campaign in City's History

Chefs, artists and taste makers come together for major collaborative effort.. Read More »

10/12/2012 Holidays in Houston 2012

The holidays season in the nation's fourth-largest city brings stunning light displays, world-renowned performances and much more. Check out all that Houston has to offer in the coming months... Read More »

9/19/2012 Where the Chefs Eat Houston Culinary Tours Back for 2013 with New Chefs, New Tours

Tours Showcase City's Culinary Diversity, Hidden Gems.. Read More »

7/27/2012 Forbes: Houston the Coolest City to Live in the U.S.

The writers at Forbes get what makes a city cool... Read More »

2/29/2012 At Special Meeting, GHCVB Touted Major Convention Booking Success

New Chairman and Board Members Announced.. Read More »

2/17/2012 John Rolfe Named GHCVB Chief Operating Officer

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) has selected John Rolfe as Chief Operating Officer, a new position for the organization... Read More »

11/1/2011 Houston's Holiday Gift Guide

Want to surprise that special someone with a gift that stands out? Houstonians don’t have to go far. Local designers, authors and retailers are offering up a slew of chic gift items this holiday season that will have everyone asking—where did you get that?!.. Read More »

10/19/2011 Houston Takes on Top Chef Texas

Top Chef Texas has been shooting in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas and will being its 17-episode run on Nov. 2... Read More »

9/15/2011 'Where the Chefs Eat' Houston Culinary Tours Back for 2012 with New Chefs, New Tours

Top Houston Chefs Expose the City's Foodie Secrets.. Read More »

8/12/2011 GHCVB Touts Success of the Past Year and Goals for the Future

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) outlined its strategy for success in the year ahead at its 2010-2011 Annual Meeting Thursday... Read More »

6/17/2011 Smartertravel.com Names Houston One of Summer's Top 5 Bargain Destinations

Houston, already a top 2011 value destination selected by Budget Travel and Hotwire.com, has been named one of summer's top 5 bargain destinations by SmarterTravel.com. Focusing on destinations—New York City, Fort Myers, Costa Rica and Reno round out the top five—that "deliver bargain appeal and plenty of fun," SmarterTravel cites Houston's good value on hotels, restaurant and attractions... Read More »