Home to a respected and energetic cultural arts scene, the fourth largest shopping center in the country, a world-renowned museum district and the brains behind United States space exploration, Houston is a diverse a city as they come.
America’s fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with worldclass dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. There’s always something to do in this city where Southern hospitality meets urban chic.
Houston enjoys state-of-the-art facilities set in a world-class environment. From the Super Bowl to the variety of events and celebrations taking place in the city, meeting planners and delegates around the world recognize Houston as a top destination for major events and successful happenings.
A resurgence in the city's Central Business District is giving visitors more reasons to head to Downtown Houston. Parks, restaurants, world-class theater and professional sporting events mean that fun is only footsteps away.
Houston's 12-acre Discovery Green park - across from the George R. Brown Convention Center - provides FREE year-round activities. Expect happy hour concerts, movies on summer nights, and ice skating in the winter. Score casual comfort food at the park's Lake House restaurant. Or, for a see-and-be-seen vibe, there's The Grove - an upscale American dining option.
Nearby, GreenStreet abound with nine restaurants to choose from including Guadalajara del Centro, Ill Forks Steakhouse and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant.
Sports buffs have a home to team to cheer on year-round in H-Town - NBA Rockets take on the competition at Toyota Center, the MLB Astros play at Minute Maid Park, the MLS Houston Dynamo compete at BBVA Compass Stadium and the NFL Texans touchdown at NRG Stadium.
Downtown Houston is connected to the NRG Park of facilities via the METRORail's Main Street/Red Line. This line also connects visitors to The Texas Medical Center, Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and the Museum Distric.
With over 10,000 restaurants representing cuisine from more than 70 countries and American regions, Houston serves up memorable meals that are easy on the budget. According to a 2013 Zagat survey, an average meal in Houston costs $35.57, compared to the national average of $40.53. Delegates are spoiled for choice!
Houston's serious about the arts, boasting one of the nation's largest museum districts and serving as one of the few U.S. cities with resident professional companies in ballet, opera, symphony and theater.
With nearly 6,000 weekly flights departing Houston, domestic and international travelers can choose from multiple airline carriers and take advantage of competitive flight pricing. With the United/ Continental merger, Houston became the largest hub for the world's largest airline.
The original town center is two blocks from Allen’s Landing, where the city’s founders—the entrepreneurial Allen brothers from New York—landed in 1836, determined to create the city of the future. Making a comeback as a gathering place for residents and visitors alike, the urban green space was redeveloped as a truly diverse place featuring artwork, performance stage, plaza, dog run, bike share program, meditation garden, and surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops, the newly renovated Hotel ICON, and the stylish Crystal Ballroom at the historic Rice Hotel.
Discovery Green, is a 12-acre urban park with a Gold rating from the LEED Green Building Rating System. The park offers restaurants, an amphitheater, picnic areas, a dog run, pond, putting green, bocce courts, jogging trail, playground, and many beautiful vibrant green spaces—and Wi-Fi