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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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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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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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