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  • meineke car care bowl for blog
    April 4, 2012
    A newly released study shows the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, which pitted Texas A&M football against Northwestern University, generated roughly $17.5 million in direct spending and a total economic impact of $29.3 million for the city of Houston. Strategic Marketing Services worked with bowl game officials and the Greater Houston Convention Center and Visitors Bureau on the economic impact analysis. The group conducted 462 surveys at the game and in the Galleria during game weekend,
  • WandyRodriguez
    April 2, 2012
    In some cities, people enjoy an occasional ballgame. In other cities, professional sports are woven into the fabric of the community. Houston is one of the latter cities. Whether it's tailgating for a Texans game or cheering on the Rockets courtside, Houstonians are some of the most avid sports fans around. Small wonder then that excitement is building this spring for two major events in local pro sports: the 50th anniversary of the Houston Astros and the debut of the Houston Dynamo's...
  • Trader Joe's - Blog
    March 29, 2012
    It’s been nearly five months since California-based Trader Joe’s announced plans to open its grocer concept in The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center. In the time since, locals speculated whether the supplier would expand in Houston and, fortunately, the company is ready to put the rumors to rest. By year’s end, Trader Joe’s will add two additional outposts in the Houston market—one in Memorial and another in Montrose. Located at 1440 S. Voss, the Memorial...
  • courtyard hobby bistro
    March 26, 2012
    With $2.3 million in improvements now complete, it's a new day for the Courtyard Houston Hobby Airport . Updates have been made to the 153-room hotel's lobby, guest rooms and services. Welcoming pedestals have replaced the traditional front desk--an effort to increase guest interaction and speed the check-in process. There's also a new high-tech GoBoard in the lobby, a large touchscreen HDTV that offers guests news headlines, sports scores, directions to local businesses, flight...
  • Downtown H-Town Comes Alive in Time Lapse Video
    March 23, 2012
    Every now and then, a cool video comes along that really captures the dynamic of a city. Award-winning artist and videographer Erik Clapp has done just that with his short film titled Downtown H-Town. Check it out and let us know what you think. Downtown H Town from Erik Clapp on Vimeo . You can see more of Erik's work on his website . And to see other Houston videos, visit the videos section of our website.
  • kurt schwitters color and collage
    March 22, 2012
    Players in the Houston art scene will receive major honors at an awards event in New York next month. The U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics presents awards each year to artists, curators, museums, galleries and other institutions recognizing excellence in exhibitions. Twenty-four winners will receive awards in 12 categories at the event in April. Among this year's winners are: • Co-curators Josef Helfenstein and Isabel Schulz at the Menil Collection , for...
  • rodeo houston for blog
    March 19, 2012
    The 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo closed out its three-week run on Sunday breaking the event's all-time paid attendance record with nearly 1.3 million patrons. Roughly 1.28 million folks used paid tickets to access this year's rodeo, up from 1.25 in 2011. Overall attendance was nearly 2.26 million, the second-largest crowd in rodeo history. Meanwhile, the March 17 rodeo, headlined by country singer Brad Paisely, broke the single-day attendance record with 153,159 patrons. Five...
  • Downtown Skyline - Daytime - 1
    March 16, 2012
    The latest Travel Value Index from the folks at shows Houston is the fourth best value in the country, up from sixth place in the 2011 index. The annual index looks at all U.S. destinations and ranks them based on low rates, discounts, affordable entertainment and overall appeal. H-Town scored high for Downtown, which the website's editors say offers an "impressive array of skyscrapers, parks, museums and shops" and "exudes both cosmopolitan vivacity and...
  • southern living blog photo
    March 15, 2012
    Houston is the best culinary city in Texas and one of the best in the South. That's according to the readers of Southern Living magazine, who ranked the top ten tastiest towns in the region in a massive, multi-week online poll. Houston came in at No. 6 with 14,321 votes. Readers ranked Lafayette as the No. 1 food city. The contest and the winning cities will be featured in the April issue of Southern Living , out on newsstands next week. In their write-up on Houston, the magazine's...
  • moody gardens hotel blog
    March 15, 2012
    One of region's largest resort properties is getting a facelift. Work will begin this summer on $20 million in upgrades at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center on Galveston Island . The 428-room property completed in 1998 will see improvements in both guest rooms and common areas. Officials with the hotel say the renovation is necessary to maintain the AAA Four-Diamond rating. The hotel and attached convention center are on the property of Moody Gardens , the 156-acre family
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