Convention Center Gets New Hotel

Houston’s convention center is set to gain another hotel.

Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality announced today they’ve secured the funding to construct a 19-story hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Laurie Johnson reports.

Last year, Houston hosted 294 conventions, events and shows. More than 600,000 people visited the city for those events.

But despite a huge convention center flanked by Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, Houston often misses out on the largest national conventions.

Nick Massad is president of American Liberty Hospitality.

“We have looked for a site in the downtown area for some time near the George R. Brown Convention Center. Basically because downtown is a good hotel market and according to most of the experts, it is under-roomed. In other words, it doesn’t have enough hotel rooms to attract the larger conventions.”

For example, there are about 4,500 first class hotel rooms in the downtown area. That’s compared to 8,000 or 9,000 rooms in the Galleria area.

“So what happens is a lot of people have to stay in other parts of the city and it’s just not convenient, so we don’t get a lot of the larger groups. But this will add some rooms to downtown and I think it will be a catalyst that will attract additional hotel rooms down into that area because there’s sort of a synergistic approach, if you will.”

The 19-story Embassy Suites Hotel will add 262 rooms. Construction will begin in March at the corner of Dallas and LaBranch, just across from the Hilton Americas.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Executive Producer for News

Laurie Johnson leads daily news coverage for HPM. She helps reporters craft and sharpen their stories on tight deadlines, with the aim of getting the most relevant and current information into local newscasts. Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. She is...

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