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February 2019

Destination/Leisure

CNN Travel article, titled “The Top Nine Reasons to Visit Houston in 2019,” cites that “Houston has never been more ripe for exploration,” highlighting the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the new lineup of options in the arts and culinary scenes. This story was syndicated to 13 different outlets including Houston Style Magazine, Philadelphia Tribune, KEYT, WYFF4, Fremont Tribune, Click On Detroit, Local 10, Channel 3000 (WISC-TV), Q13 FOX, KVIA, KXLY, KESQ, KYMA, CNN US Edition, Click On Detroit, KVIA, KXLY, KESQ, KYMA, WFMZ and News 8000 (WKBT News 8).

Conde Nast Traveler takes a closer look at Houston’s culture and culinary scene in “The Culture Crash, Seeking Art and Pho in Houston.”

CNN Travel also included Houston in a round-up of “The World’s Most Romantic Restaurants.”

New York Times article, “3 Meals, 4 Cultures, One City” features Houston’s diverse culinary scene. This was also featured locally in CultureMap.

In another New York Times piece entitled “Push to Preserve a Mark Rothko Masterpiece,” the publication features the Rothko Chapel’s restoration ahead of their 50th anniversary next year.

Vice’s Munchies article titled “Chef Nikki Tran’s Viet-Texan Cuisine Reflects the Breadth of Vietnamese Food,” is a direct result of hosting writer Diana Hubbell on the Gas Stations to Gastro Stars FAM.

The Takeout features a unique fitness experience that combines rage yoga and beer.

Chef Hugo Ortega shares “The Best Places to Eat in Houston” with USA Today.

The Post Oak Hotel placed #2 in USA Today's Best New Hotel category.

Houston’s wine scene has evolved to keep in step with the city’s high caliber epicurean offerings. The Wine Enthusiast shares “Why You Should Drink Wine in Houston, Like Now.”

NEA Member Benefits featured “5 Offbeat Ideas for an On-budget Vacation in 2019.”

The Robb Report features the “Semifinalists for America’s Oscars of the Food World, including Houston nominees.”

Texas Monthly recognizes six Houston restaurants in “The Best New Restaurants in Texas for 2019.” This story was syndicated to 13 different outlets including My San Antonio, CultureMap, and LMT Online.

Local Influencer, Carrie Colbert, shares her favorite places to eat, stay and explore in an feature for Good Housekeeping called “My Hometown, Houston.”

Houston First/Meetings

We received more LAUNCH Fashion Coverage in My Red Glasses’ feature “Fashion and Art Collide For a Very Special Evening.” 713 News also shared footage from the runway.

CultureMap, ABC-13 and CBS-11 (and here) reports on the DNC 2020 and Houston’s chances of making the final cut.

Houston Business Journal reports “James Beard Foundation to Make Big Announcement from Houston.”

Holly Clapham spoke with CBS-11 about the potential of Houston hosting another Super Bowl, stating “Houston has the attitude, the ability, and now the proven track record. I don’t think it’s a matter of if, but when”.

Meetings Today featured the city’s “Latest + Greatest” hotels as well as Avenida Houston’s dining scene in their article “6 Sizzling Dining Hot Spots in Downtown Houston.”

In the article “Meet Me in Texas,” Association Conventions and Facilities shared the National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ experience in Houston, praising the Houston’s First staff as an incredible asset.

Brenda Bazan talks to USAE about the Hilton America’s $37 million Guest Room Renovation stating “Houston First is committed to making sure the Hilton Americas-Houston continues to set the standard for world-class hospitality.”

Natalie Young shares where to dine and explore around the city in AADE’s article “Let Houston Inspire You During AADE19.”

Convention South features Avenida Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center and other venues for meetings and conventions.