Some 3,000 delegates from all over the country called Houston home for five days attending the NAACP Convention. Initial economic impact is estimated at $3 million and counting.
Jack Drake is on the board of directors with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“People are telling me that they’ve enjoyed the city. They have loved their hotels, they’ve said things have been on time. They’ve been entertained; they’ve been educated; they’ve enjoyed our food and most of all, the hospitality. They will want to come back to Houston.”
Bureau president Greg Ortale says Houston played host to the NAACP Convention in ‘91 and 2002. He says the city benefits from the economic rollover effect.
“In the summer, which is usually a little bit of a slow period, you have a major convention occurring, and so people get work. People who work part time, banquets, cab drivers, and you get other people that are being able to generate income.”
Hernandez: “Greg, volume-wise, how does this convention rank with other events that the city of Houston might host?”
Ortale: “It is a very good size, what we call ‘city-wide’ event. Certainly it’s not OTC, it’s not some of the larger groups, but it really is the size of convention that is in our ‘sweet spot’, that we can do a really, really good job, for an event that has 3,000 attendees.”
He says on average, the annual economic impact from all the events that are held in Houston is around $650 million.