Ground Broken For Marriott Marquis Houston

The structure will double the hotel space by the GRB Convention Center.

Arne Sorenson and Ira Mitzner
Arne Sorenson, president & CEO of Marriott International, and Ira Mitzner, president & CEO of RIDA Development, looking over a scale model of the hotel.

The new Marriott Marquis will cost $350 million to build. When complete, it will nearly double the number of hotel rooms right by the convention center.

Ric Campo is chairman of Houston First Corporation.

“It’s really a game changer for our convention district and the ability for Houston to host large conventions. The additional 1,000 rooms will, in combination with our 1,200-room Hilton Americas allow us to move into the next level of conventions, where we can get larger and more robust conventions here. So, it’s a huge economic impact.”

Ira Mitzner is president and CEO of Houston-based RIDA Development.

“This project will create approximately 2,200 direct and indirect construction jobs, extremely important as we try to continue to grow out of our recession, and 700 to 800 permanent jobs once the hotel is open.”

The Marriott Marquis Houston is scheduled to open in summer 2016.


The official groundbreaking for the Marriott Marquis Houston at 1777 Walker Street, across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center. From left to right: Peter McStravick, Dawn Ullrich and Ric Campo with Houston First, Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer of the Mayor’s office, Mayor Annise Parker and Ira Mitzner, David Mitzner, Laura Mitzner Paletz, Steven Mitzner, Luke Charlton with RIDA Development Corp. [Image provided by Edelman]

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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