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Leadership Update

New board chair

David Mincberg Mincberg leads HFC  

David Mincberg, CEO of Flagship Capital Parters, has been appointed chairman of the Houston First Corporation's board of directors. The appointment, made by Mayor Sylvester Turner and confirmed by Houston City Council, took effect July 20.


In addition, Mayor Turner named Paul Puente to the board.

“He has extensive business experience, works well with others and understands my vision," Mayor Turner said of Mincberg.

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Enterprise Development
Partnerships & Events

No update this month.

Visitors Center

No update this month.


Hilton Americas underwent a lock upgrade that allows Hilton Honors members to use a "digital key" when checking in...read more.

Avenida Development

Downtown will soon expand its culinary landscape with a series of restaurants that will open on the ground floor of the GRB and in the new Marriott Marquis...read more.


Cultural Facilities
Sales and Marketing

Tickets for the following shows have gone on sale: The Queens – September 15, 2016, Wortham Center; The Gypsy Caravan – September 16, 2016, Wortham Center; Donovan  – September 21 ... read more

Theater District Parking

Reginald Randolph, general manager of Theater District Parking, has been named the National Parking Association's 2016 Innovator of the Year ... read more .

Sunset Coffee Building

SCB remains under the control of the construction contractor and we anticipate closing on the deal in early 2017... read more .

Houston First Outdoors

Jones Plaza hosted attendance of 7,200 at three events... read more .

Miller Outdoor Theatre

MOT hosted 75,200 patrons at 14 events during July.... read more

Jones Hall

Jones hosted 16,208 patrons at  seven events in July ... read more

Wortham Theater Center 

Wortham Center hosted 6,979 patrons during 10 events, including a big concert by Weird Al ...read more.

Talento Bilingue de Houston

No update this month.


Convention Facilities
George R. Brown Convention Center

The George R. Brown was the site of four conventions during the month for attendance of 8,417 ... read more

Construction Status

Pavers on Avenida de las Americas between the Avenida Central Garage and Lamar Street are installed, opening traffic  ... read more.



Destination Sales

The Destination Sales team continues to pursue new meeting and event opportunities for our city. The citywide team generated over 88,000 possible room nights for future years with conference and the non-citywide team added an additional 91,000 new tentative room night opportunities ...read more.

Destination Services

The Destination Services team participated in two promotional activities, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, coming in July 2018, and Texas High School Coaches Association, coming in July 2017, and  assisted with ...read more.


Tourism conducted sales missions to Australia, New Zealand and Mexico and generated an international tourism audience of 32,716,566 ... read more.


New GHCVB members include Parachute Consulting, Gossip Ultra Lounge, BEB Business Extension Bureau, Hilton Garden Inn Houston at Cypress Station ... read more.

Corporate Affairs

The following community investment events took place in July: Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston Luncheon, Doing Business with Houston First – Strategic Economic Forum ... read more.

Public Affairs

No updates this month.  

Marketing and Communications

Visit Houston's network of websites generated over 486,000 visits. Media value was $717,000 with an audience of 97 million people nationally ... read more.

Film Commission

No update this month.

Regional Product Development

No update this month.

Finance & Administration

Community Outreach activities included National Hispanic Professional Organization Membership Meeting, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council Industry Group Meeting ...  read more.

Information Technology

Cabling of Partnership Tower has been completed and the IT team will move the server room from the GRB to Partnership Tower on August 19-21 ... read more.