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8/7/2015 Journalist Greenberg to Keynote Inaugural Houston Tourism Summit

HOUSTON (August, 7, 2015) - Renowned travel journalist Peter Greenberg will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Houston Travel Summit set for September 10... Read More »

8/6/2015 World Autism Organisation Congress Coming to Houston in 2018

HOUSTON -- (August 6, 2015) - The 2018 World Autism Organisation Congress, a major international conference focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), will be held for the first time in the U.S. thanks to the efforts of Texas Medical Center, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and MCI Group, a global professional congress organizer. The conference will be held November 2018 in Downtown Houston and is expected to draw approximately 1,500 delegates from around the world... Read More »

7/15/2015 Report: Houston No. 7 in Creating New Hospitality Businesses

HOUSTON (July 15, 2015) – As Houston readies to host the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl in the next 18 months, new infrastructure is rising at a rapid rate—from eight new hotels downtown to an unprecedented number of new restaurants and nightlife spots. Now, a new study shows that the city is actually adding such tourism related businesses at one of the fastest rates in the nation... Read More »

6/8/2015 Houston's Visitor Center Moves to New, More Visible Location

HOUSTON (June 4, 2015) - In an effort to improve visibility and access to those visiting Houston, the city's official visitors center moved to a new, temporary spot on Avenida de las Americas on June 1 before a more permanent home is established in the Convention District... Read More »

4/29/2015 Houston Sets Sights on 20 million visitors by 2018

HOUSTON (April 29, 2015) – In what may be the city’s boldest bid ever to expand tourism, Houston First Corporation and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled a plan today to increase the number of annual visitors by more than 30% in the next three years... Read More »

4/14/2015 Mike Waterman Named President of GHCVB

HOUSTON (April 14, 2015) – Mike Waterman, a hospitality veteran with more than 26 years in the industry, has been named the new president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive vice president of Houston First Corp... Read More »

4/13/2015 Houston to Host Major Robotics Competition Starting in 2017

HOUSTON (April 13, 2015) - Houston will host the world's oldest and largest robotics competition for students in a multiyear deal that starts in 2017... Read More »

4/10/2015 Houston Launches New LGBT Ad Campaign

HOUSTON (April 10, 2015) – A new national ad campaign launched by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau aims to lure more LGBT visitors to the Bayou City... Read More »

3/20/2015 Houston Drew Record Number of Overseas Visitors in 2014

HOUSTON (March 20, 2015) - A new report from the U.S. Commerce Department shows international visitation to Houston increased 17% between 2013 and 2014, the second-largest increase among leading U.S. destinations for global travelers... Read More »

1/13/2015 Houston wins big at Golden Globes, readies for the Oscars

HOUSTON (January 13, 2014) - Houston was a big winner at this year's Golden Globes, setting the stage for what could be an extraordinary awards season for the Bayou City... Read More »

12/30/2014 Houston on Three National Lists of Top 2015 Destinations

HOUSTON (December 30, 2014) - Travel editors with three major publications have included Houston in their roundups of "must visit" global destinations in 2015... Read More »

12/1/2014 GHCVB Honored with Adrian Award for My Houston Broadcast Campaign

HOUSTON (Dec. 1, 2014) - The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has won the 2014 Silver Adrian Award for advertising excellence for its "My Houston" broadcast campaign by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Winners will be recognized during the 58th annual Adrian Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on Feb. 23... Read More »

10/10/2014 Houston: America's New Sweetheart City

HOUSTON (October 10, 2014) -- For the first time ever this year, Houston ranked among the top five places in the nation on Travel + Leisure's list of America's Favorite Cities-one of the most-watched lists among destinations and a barometer of what's top-of-mind among traveling Americans... Read More »

9/29/2014 Monet to Broadway: Major Art Events in Houston

HOUSTON (Sept. 29, 2014) -Houston has long played host to extraordinary visual and performing art. And with major exhibitions and performances from around the world heading to the city, this art season is no exception. Here are just a handful of events to keep on your radar... Read More »

9/24/2014 The Craft Beer Boom in Houston

HOUSTON (Sept. 24, 2014) -- Everything is bigger in Texas, including the craft beer scene. The $2.3 billion dollar Texas industry rated second in the nation in 2013 according to the Brewers Association, a national non-profit trade association. The Lone Star State accounts for 16 percent of overall U.S. sales. Perhaps even more notable is that there are no signs of slowing down as Texas is the third-fastest growing state when it comes to independently owned craft breweries... Read More »

8/27/2014 Travelers to Houston Spent $16.2 billion in 2013

HOUSTON (August 27, 2014) - Visitors to the Houston region spent more than $16 billion in 2013, up from $15.5 billion the year before, according to the latest figures from the Texas Office of Economic Development and Tourism... Read More »

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 »