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11 Teams Say They Want to Build New Convention Center Hotel

Houston First Corp. says it's received 11 responses to a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a developer to build a second convention center hotel near the George R. Brown Convention Center. The deadline for the RFQ was April 20. The development-design teams that met the deadline include: • Discovery Central Development Team • Hines • Houston Now • Matthews Southwest • Mortenson • Parkway Service Group, LLC • Product Marketing International • Rida Development • Trammell Crow • TRT…

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Courtyard Houston Hobby gets $2.3M Upgrade

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 updates and…

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Moody Gardens Hotel to get $20M Upgrade

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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