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  • June 29, 2012
    One of Houston's biggest annual expos is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new figures. The NAPE Expo, which happens twice a year, is likely to have a $17 million impact in 2012 based on figures of $2 million for the summer show and $15 million in the winter. The world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo has been held in Houston for more than 20 years. "NAPE is such a strong asset to Houston's economy," says Greg...
  • Annual NAPE Conference Brings $17M to Houston
    June 29, 2012
    One of the biggest annual expos in Houston contributes is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new projections. Now in its 20th year the twice-annual NAPE Expo is forecasted to bring $17 million in spending, with $2 million coming from the group's summer event and $15 million from the winter expo. NAPE is the world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo. The Summer Expo is slated for August 22-24, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention...
  • June 25, 2012
    Good news for bicycle-loving Houstonians: The Department of Transportation recently awarded the city a $15-million TIGER Grant to improve and expand H-Town’s trails and bikeways. More than 18 miles of hike and bike trails, sidewalks and on-street bikeways are being added or enhanced, helping link Northside Village, Fifth Ward and Third Ward to Downtown, Midtown and the Medical Center. Joined by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, U.S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene...
  • June 8, 2012
    A country brothel in rural Texas may not seem like the best fodder for a musical. But anyone who has seen the stage or film productions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" knows it's the stuff of legend. Based on the true story of the Chicken Ranch that once operated in LaGrange, "Whorehouse" is a romping, upbeat and colorful homage to Texas culture, in all its glory and infamy. The story is set in the 1970s when Miss Mona Stangley is the proprietor of the Chicken...
  • June 1, 2012 is launching new service in Texas and the Southern U.S. with daily departures and arrivals between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and other cities. began taking reservations this week for service beginning June 19. Fares start as low as $1 each way. Adding to the attractiveness of the service is the fact that each double-decker bus is equipped with free wireless Internet, power outlets and restrooms. In Houston, the company will have buses arriving and departing
  • May 30, 2012
    Next year a Houston franchisee of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas will open two new locations, including the first inside the Loop in Midtown. Triple Tap Ventures LLC, which owns and operates the cinemas at West Oaks Mall and on Mason Road in Katy, says it's planning both new locations for 2013 but did not specify a month. The company did say that the first new Alamo to open will be in Northwest Houston at Vintage Park Shopping Village off of Tomball Parkway 249 and Louetta Road. That...
  • May 23, 2012
    This June, the sounds of Beethoven and Mozart will once again fill the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston as the 23rd annual Texas Music Festival gets underway. Launched as a summer program primarily for Houston students, the festival has expanded over the last two decades to become one of the most prestigious in the nation-drawing young musicians from around the globe. It's also perhaps the best place to hear classical music in Houston during the summer-with numerous concerts
  • May 16, 2012
    George Takei is best known for his role as Commander Sulu on Star Trek. Though the original series only lasted three years in the late 1960s, it became a cult classic in syndication and spawned numerous other series and feature films--several that included Takei. The actor and longtime activist continues to have a strong fan base--one that has followed him into a uniquely 21st Century realm, Facebook. He made headlines in 2005 when he publicly announced he was gay and introduced his longtime
  • May 15, 2012
    A major new attraction is coming to Space Center Houston that's expected to draw many more visitors to one of the city's most visited places. A full-size replica of the Space Shuttle Orbiter is set to arrive on June 1, kicking off what Space Center is calling "Shuttlebration Weekend." The orbiter replica is traveling from Kennedy Space Center in Florida by boat. When it arrives in Texas it will take a couple days to get it from the dock in nearby Galveston Bay to its new home...
  • May 2, 2012
    Travelers to Houston are raving about what this city has to offer. A new survey from travel website TripAdvisor shows that Houston is one of the top 25 most popular destinations in the U.S. among its users. Houston ranks 18th on the list, ahead of cities such as Philadelphia, Austin and Charleston, S.C. The rankings are determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travelers' favorites and most highly rated places. In Houston , top rated hotels on TripAdvisor...
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