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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How Safe is It to Travel to Mexico Over Spring Break?

Posted on · In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety has warned against spring breakers traveling to the Gulf Coast crossing into Mexico. And the U.S. State Department's renewed its warning about the risk of violence against Americans heading into certain Mexican states. And yet, is Mexico more or less violent a country than it was […]

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Solving Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (February 9, 2016)

Posted on · The problem is well-documented by now. The City of Houston has growing and unfunded pension obligations to meet but is limited by state control and a revenue cap. Back in September, the Houston-based nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation laid out this challenge facing the city in a report entitled “Swamped: How Pension Debt is […]

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What’s the Value of Having an Official State Crustacean and Other State Symbols?

Posted on · During the 2015 Texas legislative session, lawmakers passed more than 5,600 bills, and tackled issues ranging from education to gun rights to abortion and beyond. But that’s not all lawmakers do. They also pass resolutions establishing state symbols and nicknames. This past session, House Concurrent Resolution 78 established the cowboy hat as the official state […]

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LGBT Economics and the Astronaut Wives Club: Friday’s Show (July 10, 2015)

Posted on · Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively declaring it legal in all 50 states. The economic impact of same-sex marriage on families and the community at large goes far beyond the day of "I do," says LGBT scholar Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and […]

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One Year After ‘City With No Limits’ Campaign: Is Houston Succeeding in Drawing More Millennials and Tourists?

Posted on · Just over a year ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to encourage Millennials to move to Houston. Is it working? And what other efforts are underway to bring people here to visit – or to stay? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about official efforts to sell Houston’s image across […]

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Revisiting Houston’s Image Problem: Monday’s Show (June 8, 2015)

Posted on · Just over a year ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to encourage Millennials to move to Houston. Is it working? And what other efforts are underway to bring people here to visit – or to stay? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about official efforts to sell Houston’s image across […]

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What Should the Soundtrack for Houston Sound Like?

Posted on · When you think of a song connected with Houston, what song comes to mind? Is it country? Is it hip hop? Or do you struggle to pinpoint the sound of the Bayou City? Well, perhaps that struggle is now over thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (or GHCVB) and a collaboration with […]