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Memorable New Year's Eve Celebrations in Houston

By Jenn Haight From a relaxing family-friendly evening to a raucous costume party, every type of New Year's celebration is available in Houston. Live out your spy fantasy, rock out, or watch the sky explode in fireworks - just be sure to plan ahead as most ticketed events will sell out. CityCentre has a DJ in the plaza beginning at 7 p.m., and its numerous restaurants, retailers and lounges are hosting site-specific events. When the clock strikes 12, there will be a fireworks show in the Plaza…

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10 Things to Do After Your Meeting in Houston

By John Egan So, the workshops at your conference have wrapped up, the trade show floor has cleared out and that must-attend industry happy hour is over. Now what? If you’re in Houston for a meeting, there’s plenty to keep you occupied after your business day has ended or even if you’ve got time on your hands during the day. Here are just 10 options among many. If you’re near the George R. Brown Convention Center, check out Discovery Green. The 12-acre urban oasis, adjacent to the convention…

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8 Reasons the Houston Convention District Is So Attractive for Meetings

by John Egan If you’re hunting for a place to host a meeting, the 60-city block Houston Convention District should rank high on your list. Heck, we think it should be at the very top. Ric Campo, chairman of Houston First Corp., which runs the George R. Brown Convention Center, says the Convention District is evolving into “a vibrant neighborhood, not just a meeting place.” Here are eight reasons you should seriously consider the Convention District “neighborhood” for your next meeting. With…

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10 Reasons Why Houston Is Perfect for Meetings

by John Egan From 2013 to 2014, the Houston area gained more than 150,000 new residents. But it's not just residents flocking to Houston. Close to 15 million people, many of them meeting attendees, visited Houston in 2014. "You could spend 365 days in our city and still not experience everything we have to offer. Showing visitors a good time is what we do," Houston Mayor Annise Parker says. So, what makes Houston a magnet for meetings? Here are 10 reasons. Houston sits in the central…

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10 Reasons to Check Out The Houstonian’s Glamorous Gym

by John Egan Looking to get in a 3-mile run before or after your meeting in Houston? Then you might want to check out - and check into - The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Recently anointed by CNNMoney as one of the 12 coolest hotel gyms in the US, the fitness center at The Houstonian would suit even the likes of professional athletes. "The gym at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is anything but ordinary, even by luxury standards," wrote Hayley Bosch, an editor for the Forbes Travel Guide…

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Historic Aloft Houston Downtown Hotel to Open in 2016

By John Egan With the transformation of a historic Houston building into a hotel, meeting attendees will be gaining another lodging option near the George R. Brown Convention Center. The 10-story building, once occupied by G.A. Stowers Furniture Co., is being turned into the 173-room Aloft Houston Downtown. Developers say the project will respect the historic nature of the building, which dates back to 1913. The building, at 820 Fannin St., sits in the shadow of the BG Group Place office…

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16 World Cup-Worthy Facts and Figures About Houston

by John Egan The U.S. women's soccer team captivated the country with its commanding victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Members of the winning team included three players on the Houston Dash women's professional soccer squad: Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd and Kealia Ohai. Houston now can claim three world-class soccer players. But Houston can claim other big dots on the world map as well. After all, if you're seeking a place to host a conference, meeting or event, don't you want to…

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Houston’s 10 Most Instagrammed Restaurants

By John Egan If you want to wow colleagues or clients while you're visiting Houston for a meeting or convention - or if you're a tourist or already live here - at least some of the Bayou City's most popular restaurants should be on your agenda. But aside from reading reviews, how do you decide which eateries deserve a look? Try giving one of these restaurants a shot. They're the 10 most Instagrammed Houston restaurants of 2014, according to MyFab5. Before you dash out the door, a word of…

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Bundles of Fun: 5 Kid-Friendly Activities in Houston

by John Egan You may have heard that the stork swooped down on Houston with a big delivery this spring. On April 8, parents Danielle and Adam Busby of League City greeted five baby girls - the first all-girl quintuplets ever to survive birth in the U.S. The Busby babies - Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Olivia Marie, Parker Kate and Riley Paige - all have finally gone home after their stays at The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 66…

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Wi-Fi at Bush Intercontinental Ranked Among World’s Fastest

By John Egan When it comes to Wi-Fi service, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is soaring. RottenWiFi.com ranked Bush's free Wi-Fi service as the ninth-fastest airport Wi-Fi in the world. Users tested and evaluated the quality of Wi-Fi at more than 130 airports in 53 countries. Only the airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beat Bush for Wi-Fi speed among US airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, topped the list. Data collected through a RottenWiFi.com app…

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