Record Attendance and Strong Partnerships Keep Meeting Planners Happy in Houston
Houston is serious about business, and meeting planners are reaping the rewards. With the help of Houston's easy-to-work-with sales and service teams, meeting planners are able to book, plan and execute stress-free conventions that resulted in increased attendance and memorable events.
In November 2014, the 40th annual International Quilt Festival, the largest show of its kind in the world, drew more than 62,000 attendees to the George R. Brown Convention Center. The year's event, which marked the festival's Ruby Jubilee, brought quilt artists and craft lovers from across the U.S. and more than 35 countries including Japan, Australia and Brazil. The show featured nearly 1,500 quilts and pieces of fabric art, approximately 400 classes and 520 exhibitors.
“When I started Festival in 1974, it was just as a small thank you party for customers of my shop, Great Expectations Quilts. I expected a few hundred people, but several thousand showed up,” says Festival Founder and Director Emeritus Karey Bresenhan. “But I still had no idea what the show would grow into and become to the city of Houston, the industry of quilting,and quilters worldwide!”
Houston's largest annual convention, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), drew nearly 95,000 attendees in 2015. The sold-out exhibition was the largest in show history at 695,005 square feet, including outdoor exhibits, up from 680,025 square feet in 2014. The conference also had 2,682 companies exhibiting, up from 2,568 in 2014, representing 37 countries. International companies made up 42% of exhibitors.
OTC has anchored Houston's convention business since 1969, when the conference drew 4,200 attendees and 200 exhibitors.
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