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12 Things We’re Excited About in 2017

Houston was recently named one of the top trending travel spots for 2017 by TripAdvisor, and for good reason. 2017 will be one of Houston’s most exciting years on record. From hosting Super Bowl LI to opening new museums and outdoor parks, Houston is the place to be this coming year. Check out a few highlights from our most anticipated projects and events. Super Bowl LI For the first time in over a decade, the Bayou City will host the biggest game in sports. Super Bowl festivities have already…

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Sneak Peek of Houston's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Episode

Anthony Bourdain filmed a Houston-focused episode of his world travel and food show, Parts Unknown this past summer. Though the episode airs October 30 on CNN, check out this exclusive episode teaser to see if you can spot some familiar Htown favorites: See the trailers here and here. Want to work your way through his culinary tour before the episode airs? Check out our roundup of all the known restaurants and shops Bourdain visited while in town…

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BMX World Championship Coming to Houston

Houston has been awarded the 2020 UCI BMX World Championship leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. The 6-day event is expected to draw 3,000 amateur participants and 300 professional athletes from over 40 countries to the North Houston Bike Park. North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction, is part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX Race Track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor events center that can…

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Behind the Scenes: Marriott Marquis Houston

Opening in December of 2016, Houston’s sleek new Marriott Marquis is another jewel in the crown that is downtown. This new 1,000-room hotel will feature many unique and luxurious amenities, including a Texas-shaped lazy river, Houston’s largest ballroom, a custom wine cave, and a prime location downtown, overlooking Discovery Green park. The opening of the Marriott Marquis is one of the many ways that Houston has been preparing for the 2017 Super Bowl. The Marquis’ decor has been styled to…

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Report: Houston a Top Trip for Labor Day

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but leisure travel is not ready to slow down just yet. And it looks like Houston is one of the top places folks are looking to travel this coming holiday weekend. According to HotelPlanner.com, more people are traveling and booking hotels over the holiday weekend compared to last year thanks to lower gas prices, affordable lodging rates, and a strong U.S. dollar. The site ranked the cities with the highest number of reservations based on data pulled…

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Houston-Havana flights approved for United Airlines

For the first time in 50 years commercial air travel will be offered between Cuba and the U.S. The Department of Transportation tentatively approved a United Airlines application for nonstop travel between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana's José Martí International Airport with flights beginning later this year. Houston’s expansive airport system plays a major part in making Htown “the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America.” The Havana link will only…

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Anthony Bourdain Visits Houston

Anthony Bourdain was in town last week filming a Houston-focused episode of his world travel and food show, Parts Unknown. The acclaimed host/chef made his way around town with his film crew to profile what makes Houston the culinary capital of the south. You’ll have to wait until the episode premieres for a full list, but here are some the stops he made in Htown according to his social media trail: His first day in Houston was spent in the historic Montrose neighborhood with Plant It Forward…

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Local Chefs Bring Houston Flavors to New Bush Terminal

Five local chefs have teamed up with United Airlines and Bush Intercontinental Airport to offer travelers a taste of Houston all while enjoying free entertainment on one of 8,000 public-use iPads. The iPads and USB chargers will be situated in gate seats as well as seating at five new local chef-led restaurants. The upgrades are part of a $120 million renovation to Terminals C, E, and B South. Each Houston-inspired restaurant is set to open early next year. See the full list below: Chef Roland…

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Record 17.5 million traveled to Houston in 2015

The number of visitors to Houston reached 17.5 million in 2015, up from 14.8 million the year before, according to data released this week by Houston First. The growth is due in part to low gas prices, increased air traffic, and Houston’s accolades as one of the top travel destinations in the country. 55.1 million Air travel to Houston in 2015 - up 3.7% from 2014 9.5% Increase in international air traffic to Houston, making it the second-fastest growing destination in the US 6 million Online…

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Final Four by the Numbers

The 2016 Houston Final Four festivities downtown and at NRG Park left an indelible mark on the city and its place as a leading U.S. travel destination. From record-breaking event attendance to millions of dollars spent locally, Houston's Final Four was a slam dunk. Let’s do the numbers: 149,845 The two-session Final Four attendance was the second-highest attendance in Men’s Final Four history. 74,340 The championship game attendance was also the second-highest in championship game history…

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