HOUSTON (July 22, 2013)--You may have seen Houston in the news lately. One of The New York Times' top 10 places to visit in 2013. Forbes' coolest city in America. Named the most exciting dining destination in the country by Food & Wine, Departures and Tasting Table. The most diverse city in the country, a fact analyzed by both National Public Radio and Smithsonian magazine.

This recognition has translated to dollars. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has completed one of the most successful quarters in recent history. A slew of conventions experienced record attendance in Houston and brought millions of dollars to the city. The Houston Film Commission, an arm of the GHCVB, hosted $7.8 million in direct expenditures, the most since 2007. And, the city secured another Super Bowl, which will bring an estimated $480 million to Houston in 2017.

"We hope every quarter moving forward will be at least as successful as this one," said Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I can only see things getting better moving forward, particularly since we're adding 2,000 hotel rooms in the downtown convention district. Houston is on a roll, and we intend to maximize this opportunity."

 

LNG 17 (April 16-19, 2013)

  • The 17th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17) was the largest global LNG event ever
  • First time held in Houston, first time in U.S. since 1986
  • 11,672 attendees from 80 countries, a 60 percent increase from LNG 16 in Algeria
  • Record-setting 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 58 percent increase from LNG 16
  • Direct impact of $22.8 million

National Rifle Association (May 3-5, 2013)

  • Attendance of 86,228 is the largest on record for NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, 15 percent higher than 2012
  • 620 exhibitors - 20 percent increase from 2012
  • Secured a second room block and asked to bid for future years
  • Direct impact of $52 million

Offshore Technology Conference (May 6-9, 2013)

  • Houston's largest annual convention
  • 2013 attendance was 104,800, second largest in OTC history - 17 percent increase from 2012
  • 110 countries represented
  • Exhibition largest in history at 652,185 square feet; 244 new exhibitors
  • Direct impact of $160 million

Comicpalooza (May 24-26, 2013)

  • One of the GHCVB's homegrown annual conventions
  • 2013 attendance of 20,700 is twice the 2012 attendance
  • 288 exhibitors, a 43 percent increase from 2012
  • Direct impact of $7.9 million

Houston Film Commission

  • Best quarter since 2007
  • 307 days of filming, up 62 percent from 2012
  • $7.8 million in expenditures, a 143 percent increase from 2012
 

And the year's not over. High profile conventions like the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, American Legion, Total Energy USA, The National Recreation and Park Association, Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events will be held in Houston in 2013.

 

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About the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) is the primary sales and marketing arm of the city of Houston and Harris County. The mission of the GHCVB is to improve the economy of Greater Houston by attracting conventions, tourists and film projects to the area through sales and marketing efforts.

 

Lindsey Brown
Director of Marketing and PR
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
(713) 437-5275
lbrown@visithouston.com
VisitHouston.com