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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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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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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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Houston An International Hot Spot, MasterCard Says

By John Egan Move over, Los Angeles and Miami. Houston ranks as the fastest-growing destination in North America for international visitors. According to this year's MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Houston is the only major North American city to see a double-digit average annual growth rate (10.9 percent) for international visitors since 2009. These cities sit behind Houston on the MasterCard index: Los Angeles (7.8 percent) Miami (7.5 percent) New York (6 percent) San…

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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: It's Dog-Gone Great!

By John Egan The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has collared some high praise from pups. The nonprofit Houston Arboretum & Nature Center appears at No. 11 on Milk-Bone's new list of America's top 50 dog-friendly destinations for road trips. But it also ranks as a favorite for plenty of people, including meeting planners. By cross-referencing online reviews with data about dog-friendly restaurants and hotels, Milk-Bone compiled its list of dog-approved parks and landmarks. Each place was…

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3 ‘Authentic’ Experiences for Houston Meeting Attendees

By John Egan These days, meeting planners increasingly are craving "authentic" experiences for attendees of corporate and association gatherings. According to BizBash, it's no longer enough to secure a meeting location "purely based on the feasibility and budget appropriateness of its room block and function space." "Instead," BizBash says, "groups want to experience local culture outside of the hotel, both as a part of the meeting, and separate from it, returning to their desks enriched and…

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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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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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