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19 Facts About the Marriott Marquis Houston

By John Egan With its debut set for November 2016, the soon-to-be-gleaming Marriott Marquis Houston is rising in the midst of the Houston Convention District. The $355 million, 29-story hotel, connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, will feature 1,000 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of event space. "When the Marriott Marquis opens its doors in 2016, it will increase the hotel room capacity in downtown Houston by 20 percent and will give the George R. Brown Convention Center…

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Houston’s Super Bowl LI Date Announced

Let the countdown begin! The NFL announced the official date for Super Bowl LI at Houston's NRG Stadium as February 5, 2017. Preparations are already under way to provide visitors and Houstonians with an exciting week of activities and public events leading up to the game. The Super Bowl is the most watched television program in the United States annually with over 100 million viewers on average. The game also attracts large audiences worldwide. This is the third Super Bowl for Houston. The…

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Tony Award-Winning Alley Theatre Announces Summer Camp

Looking for creative ways to keep the kids occupied this summer? The Alley Theatre offers children in grades K-8 a chance to explore their dramatic side with its popular theatre and playwriting summer camp, Play Makers. The two-week camp dates include specific classes on movement, acting, playmaking, and crafts all taught by nationally recognized Alley Theatre artists. Playwriting skills and science concepts are developed through the creation of plays that are both creative and educational such…

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5 Sightseeing Suggestions for Houston ‘Bleisure’ Travelers

by John Egan Business travel doesn't need to be all work and no play. Increasingly, travelers are blending business and leisure, resulting in a trend dubbed "bleisure" travel. A 2014 survey by Hotwire.com found that nearly half of Americans who travel for work tack leisure time onto their business trips. "You might have to travel for business, but it doesn't mean you have to let much-deserved leisure trips fall by the wayside," said Henrik Kjellberg, president of Hotwire.com. Not surprisingly…

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HMNS Debuts Texas Coastline Exhibit and 3D Movie

Texas boasts over 360 miles of coastline and 3,300 miles of bay shores. A new permanent exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) pays tribute to the rich ecological landscape of the southern Texas coastline. The exhibit is paired with the premiere of world-famous explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D, narrated by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, also premiering May 22. The new Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology features 2400 square feet of visuals and…

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METRO Rail Celebrates Opening of New Lines Saturday

Getting around Houston is becoming easier by the day. Beginning Saturday, May 23 there will be more public transit options as two new METRO Rail lines begin service. The expanded rail will now provide service with both the Green Line (East End Line), running 3.3 miles from downtown and east along Harrisburg, as well as the Purple Line (Southeast Line), running 6.6 miles southeast connecting downtown from the University of Houston Central Campus to Texas Southern University and Palm Center…

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Mega-Starbucks Brewing in Houston Convention District

by John Egan This fall, the Houston Convention District will be getting a java jolt. Houston First Corp. has signed a licensing deal with Starbucks to sell the coffee giant's products in a 4,000-square-foot shop planned for the ground-floor lobby of Hilton Americas-Houston. Officials say it'll be one of the largest coffee shops in Texas; the average Starbucks measures 1,700 square feet. The 1,200-room, 24-story Hilton Americas-Houston, which is connected to the George R. Brown Convention…

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United and Houston Airport System Break Ground on New Terminal

United Airlines and the Houston Airport System announced that they will break ground May 11 on a new terminal at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The new terminal is a $244 million project that includes 20 new dining and retail options as well as 11 boarding gates. The 265,000-square-foot concourse will be 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North. The new terminal is part of a larger effort to renovate the Mickey Leland International Terminal D. With nearly 560…

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Southwest Airlines Shines International Spotlight on Houston

By John Egan To help celebrate its international expansion at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport, Southwest Airlines will hold its annual shareholders meeting May 13 in Houston - the first time it's ever been staged outside Southwest's home city of Dallas. Given that Southwest offers up to 159 departures a day to 48 cities from Hobby (HOU) and employs more than 3,300 people in the Bayou City, "it is easy to see that Houston holds a big place in our heart," airline spokesman Brad Hawkins…

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Gorillas Debut at Houston Zoo Memorial Day Weekend

The gorillas are coming! Later this month, the Houston Zoo will unveil its $28 million Gorillas of the African Forest habitat-one of the zoo's most ambitious projects to date. The multi-acre habitat will house seven western lowland gorillas when it opens to the public Memorial Day Weekend. The intricately designed habitat-one of the largest in the world-will hold the zoo's two groups of gorillas who will spend their days alternating between an outdoor habitat filled with lush landscape that…

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