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8 Things We're Excited About in 2016

From performance spaces to outer space, the year ahead in Houston is full of exciting additions, renovations and openings that are sure to make headlines. As the city prepares to host some major events in coming months, there's an energy and drive to complete major projects and put the best spotlight possible on Houston. Check out some of the highlights on the horizon in 2016 for the Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South. 180 th Anniversary of Texas Independence and Houston’s Founding In…

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Houston on Three National Lists of Top 2015 Destinations

Travel editors with three major publications have included Houston in their roundups of "must visit" global destinations in 2015. In recent days, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and the Boston Globe have all cited Houston as a hot spot for travelers in the year ahead. The accolades come at a time when the Bayou City is experiencing tremendous growth on the culinary, retail and art fronts. More than $1.5 billion is being invested in the area around the George R. Brown Convention Center…

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Destination Houston in National Spotlight

Houston ranks among the top destinations in the country in a new study out this week. Travel research group Resonance Consultancy looked at the top 50 destinations in the U.S. and ranked Houston No. 12 citing the city's numerous recent accolades, expanding shopping opportunities and new infrastructure investment. Instead of just examining the total number of visitors to a city and how much they spent, Resonance examined additional criteria such as number of direct flights, the quality of…

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Business Insider: Houston the Best City in America

Houston has a new moniker thanks to the editors of Business Insider: best city in America. The business publication cites 18 reasons why the Bayou City is tops in the nation -- everything from job growth and great food to low cost of living and diversity. Business Insider calls Houston an "economic juggernaut" and offers praise for the city's job creation prowess, abundant green space and even its prolific hip hop scene. Click here to read more of the 18 reasons Houston is the best place…

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TripAdvisor Report: Houston Top Texas Destination, 12th in U.S.

The Bayou City experienced the biggest jump among U.S. destinations in TripAdvisor's latest report. Houston ranked No. 12, ahead of all other Texas cities. Houston rose 13 spots on the 2014 Travelers Choice rankings compared with the 2013 list. The rankings are determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12 month period. TripAdvisor says of Houston: "A…

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A Soundtrack for Houston

If Houston were a song, it would sound something like this. The below video is just a sneak peek of what the Houston Symphony has come together to produce in collaboration with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Composer Jeff Walton and ZenFilm production company. The Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau developed the collaboration to showcase Houston's strong creative community and unique cultural gems like the Houston Symphony, now celebrating their centennial year. The…

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Forbes: Houston is America's Next Great Global City

There's little surprise for Houstonians in Forbes' latest accolade for the Bayou City. The business magazine predicts that, within a decade, Houston will be the nation's "next great global city." Of course, locals already know this to be true. H-Town is the most diverse metro in the country and a leader in everything from arts and culture to aerospace and medical technology. The prognostication from Forbes came as part of its Reinventing America series. In the series' latest article titled A…

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Chandra Wilson Talks About Growing Up in Houston, Coming Home

To hear Chandra Wilson tell it, her hometown and its support of the arts gave her the skills and confidence to succeed as an actor. The Grey's Anatomy actress and Houston native first hit the stage at age four with Theatre Under the Stars. She went on to study drama at Montrose's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Wilson was between acting gigs and working for an investment bank in 2005 when she auditioned for the role of Dr. Bailey on Grey's. She's won a Screen Actor's Guild Award…

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Renderings provide glimpse at future of Hobby Airport

It's been 86 years since William P. Hobby Airport started welcoming passengers to its airfield. Though it's welcomed a few name changes and improvements throughout the decades, the changes currently underway may just be the airfield's most exciting yet. On the horizon, passengers can expect an additional parking garage, roadway modifications, new concourse and an expanded terminal, all of which will help accommodate international flights to and from Houston. The expanded terminal will make…

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Houston Ranks Among Nation's Greenest Spots

The website Causes.com has ranked Houston the 10th greenest city in America. The organization cited the city's efforts to become more environmentally conscious, developing a city Office of Sustainability, increasing recycling efforts and more. City-sanctioned farmers markets, electric municipal vehicles and a growing bike share program were other elements that probably helped Houston's placement on the list. Meanwhile, the city is also getting attention for the Bayou Greenways Initiative, a…

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