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Awards & Rankings

As the rest of the country discovers what locals have known all along, Houston is finally enjoying the recognition it deserves. Read on for a few accolades H-Town has earned recently.

 

Travel


2019

  • Bloomberg Business Week ranks Houston as a, “Top 21 Places in the World to Visit.”
  • Afar names Houston, “One of 25 Places to Go.”
  • The New York Times names Houston, “One of the 52 Places To Go.”
  • Conde Nast Traveler names Houston, “One of the 19 Best Places To Go.”
  • Out Magazine names Houston, “One Of 10 Places To Go.”
  • Travel & Leisure names Houston, “One Of The 50 Best Places To Travel In 2019.”
  • National Geographic features Houston in its, “Top Travel Trends.”
  • Lonely Planet ranks Houston #5 for “Best Value in Travel for 2019.”
  • Skyscanner ranks Houston #4 on “10 Best Nightlife Cities in the U.S.”
  • GO Banking Rates names Houston, “One Of The Best Travel Destinations For Your Money In 2019.”
  • CNN lists “9 Great Reasons To Visit Houston in 2019.”

2017

Arts, Culture & Outdoors


2019

2018

  • The Houston Symphony wins its first Grammy Award for a critically lauded recording of Alban Berg's "Wozzeck", under the category best opera recording.
  • Houston Zoo receives top honors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) participation in the Houston Toad Recovery Program, a comprehensive effort combining the creation of assurance colonies, successful re-introduction into the wild, and community engagement and education.
  • Houston Zoo receives top honors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) participation in the Community-based Black Rhino Conservation in Namibia Project, which has played a significant role in reducing poaching by 83% over the past five years.
  • Houston Zoo receives a Significant Achievement award for Lowland Tapir Conservation Project supporting the crucial long-term work of Dr. Pati Medici, a leading researcher working with tapirs in South America.
  • Houston Zoo receives a Significant Achievement award for Okapi Conservation Project protecting the world’s largest population of okapi in the turbulent environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • The Buffalo Bayou Park receives Editors' Choice Award for “Best Urban Parks from TripSavvy.
  • The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern receives Editors' Choice Award for “Best historic Attractions TripSavvy.

2017

  • The Houston Grand Opera becomes the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards.
  • The Houston Grand Opera receives a regional Emmy Award for directing and photography: The Ring Cycle, Sculpting with Time Productions (Alex Douglas and Whitney Douglas).
  • Children’s Museum of Houston ranks #2 Best Museum for Families by USA Today 10 Best.
  • Texas Cultural Trust ranks Houston as the second most robust arts economy in the state of Texas.
  • Condé Nast Traveler names Space Center Houston as one of the most spectacular museums in the world.


Culinary


2019

2018

2017

  • Hugo Ortega, chef of Caracol, Xochi, Hugo’s and Backstreet Café wins the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southwest.
  • 10 Houston chefs and restaurants named James Beard Semifinalists
    • Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata
    • Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri
    • Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s
    • Jianyun Ye of Mala Sichuan Bistro
    • Outstanding Restaurateur: H Town Restaurant Group, which manages Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Cafe and Xochi.
    • Hugo’ was also a semifinalist in the Outstanding Service category
    • Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of The Pass and Provisions
  • Culture Trip names Houston the “Next Culinary Capital.”
  • Houston ranks #13 on Zagat’s “30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America” list. – one of only two Texas cities to make the list.
  • Southern Living names The Original Ninfa's on Navigation the “Best restaurant in Texas.”
  • The Street calls Houston the South's 21st Century Creole city.”
  • Houston ranks #19 in Travel & Leisure’s America’s Favorite Cities for Food survey.
  • The Nosher names Three Brothers Bakery one of the “11 Best Jewish Bakeries in the U.S.”
     

Quality of Life

2019

2018

2017

  • Research Group Expert Market ranks Houston No. 1 among U.S. cities for cultivating minority-owned businesses.
  • Houston ranks #7 in the U.S. News & World Report's “Best Places to Live.”
  • Business Insider names Houston the #2 “Best City in the World to Live.
  • Houston ranks No. 4 fourth in the nation in investment sales according to Avison Young study.
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