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Could Houston Ever Have a River Walk?

Posted on · (Above: A section of Buffalo Bayou running near downtown Houston. Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media) If you’ve been to the River Walk in San Antonio, you’ve seen — or even ridden — the barges that take tourists down the river. Well, last year, a Houston architecture and design company won a competition to […]

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‘Hola Houston’ Campaign Aims to Keep Mexico as Houston’s No. 1 International Tourism Market

Posted on · Houston tourism officials say Mexico is Houston’s No. 1 international market, bringing in nearly two million visitors a year. But Visit Houston wants to attract even more visitors from Mexico, and that’s why they’re launching “Hola Houston,” a marketing campaign designed to bring in more travelers from Mexico. Jorge Franz is senior vice president of tourism […]

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Flood Czar and Mexican Tourists: Friday’s Show (May 27, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month, during his first State of the City speech — and on the heels of catastrophic flooding in mid-April — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed former city council member Steven Costello as the city’s “flood czar.” Costello hopes the city’s “Rebuild Houston” infrastructure program can help address flooding. We find out how and welcome your questions for Steve […]

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Conventions, Forensic Botany, and Painkiller Addiction: Monday’s Show (May 9, 2016)

Posted on · Houston, like any big city, seeks to draw tourists to town by hosting conventions and trade shows. The bigger the convention, the more people may visit the region, shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels, supporting local businesses and boosting tax revenue along the way. But attracting really big conventions […]

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Is Houston Becoming a Spring Break Destination?

Posted on · South Padre Island, Cancun, Fort Lauderdale – they’re traditional spring break destinations, and each year they draw crowds. But according to the travel site Orbitz, some unexpected cities are seeing enormous growth in hotel bookings in March and early April, including exotic and romantic locales like Panama City, Dublin, Paris, and….Houston? Yep, according to Orbitz, […]

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Recycling and Houston As a Spring Break Destination: Friday’s Show (March 18, 2016)

Posted on · Last Friday (March 11, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a new proposed contract with Waste Management, which — if approved by the City Council next week — would allow the city to continue to offer recycling services without disruption for the next two years. Mayor Turner had balked at Waste Management’s initial contract offer as […]