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January 2019

Destination/Leisure

As we continue to rack up the “where to go in 2019” accolades, we’re excited to share Houston officially made the cut for New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2019” list (print version here). The city comes in at #46 on the list as one of only six U.S. destinations included, positioned as a place that is “rebounding bigger and better after a hurricane.” Additionally, 13 syndications of this article were published in the following outlets My San Antonio, Paper City Magazine, Paper City Magazine, Travel Wire News, Houston Chronicle, The News Review, Wolves & Waterfalls, Austin CultureMap, Dallas CultureMap, Houston CultureMap, Star Advertiser, ABC 13, and Bend Bulletin.

In addition, Houston made the cut in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “where to go in 2019” list. The accolade was picked up locally by Culturemap.

We’re pleased to share coverage of Houston in National Geographic in an article titled “Travel will change for the better this year – here’s how.” The piece explores “Top travel trends to watch in 2019” and includes an astrotourism trend, highlighting Houston’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the restoration of the Apollo Mission Center, along with the programs and exhibitions throughout Space City month in July. The accolade was also mentioned in The Houston Chronicle, Paper City Magazine, and MySanantonio.

Houston was named a “top travel destination for 2019” in Fathom. The list of 15 destinations includes Texas as a whole, debunking misperceptions about the state and calling out Houston for the city’s cultural appeal. This article as also picked up by Forbes.

TripSavvy included Houston as the top destination for the food obsessed in an article titled “Where to Go in 2019”.

Following his recent visit to Houston, reporter Nathan Borchelt published “Drinking Our Way Through Houston’s Beer, Food and Graffiti Scene” in Paste Magazine.

AFAR Magazine’s announcement placing Houston on their “Where to Go in 2019” list has been released in print.

Matador Network cites Houston as a top place to visit in 2019 in an article titled “The 25 places you need to travel to in 2019”.

KING 5 News shared an article titled “Which top travel destination of 2019 is your dream vacation?” highlighting the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, citing the surge of events that will make for a great, educational family vacation.

GoBankingRanks has included Houston in their roundup of “Best Travel Destinations for Your Money in 2019”, likely in trend with recent accolades received by national travel publications.

Essence included Houston in an article titled “Grab Your Girls and Go! 7 Last-Minute Galentine’s Day Getaways for Every Budget.” As a result of hosting the writer, Patrice Williams on the Gas Station to Gastro Stars FAM, Houston is included in her roundup of 7 destinations.

Brit + Co. shared the article titled “The Art of Traveling: The 11 Cities in America with the Best Street Art,” featuring Houston’s as the first city recommended.

The New York Times touted Houston’s culinary scene through the lens of two of Houston’s culinary stars, Justin Yu and Bobby Heugal.

CNN Travel including The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston in an article titled “The Best Hotels in North America and the Caribbean”.

Coverage of Houston as a culinary destination that appeared in TravelZoo as a direct result of NYC culinary event pitching. The piece also influenced additional coverage that included Houston in a “Best Underrated American Travel Destinations for Foodies 2019” article on BravoTV’s The Feast.

As a result of a recent media visit, reporter Ligaya Malones shared an article in Medium.com titled “The Amateur’s Guide to Visiting an Art Museum”. In the piece, curator Katherine Hall is quoted on behalf of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Houston ranked No. 13 overall across 182 U.S. cities in WalletHub’s list of 2019 Best Places to Get Married, citing affordability, and availability of activities and attractions as main factors.

Garden & Gun’s February / March 2019 issue highlighting The South’s Best New Bars includes Houston’s Goodnight Charlie’s and Tongue-Cut Sparrow, as well as an additional snippet on Miss Carousel, set to open later this year.

Fathom Away shared an article titled “What’s New and Awesome in Houston.” The piece is a city-guide feature and is a direct result of pitching Editor Pavia Rosati

The Houston Chronicle shared news of Houston’s ranking on Food & Wine’s 32 top cities to go and eat in 2019 list.

As a result of the 2018 media mission to New York, writer Julie Russell shared an article titled “Passion and a Leap: Starting a Small Business”, in Life and Money by Citi. The piece features Travis Weaver of Manready Mercantile.

The Hautegal, an LA based influencer, shared her experience of Houston’s cultural scene as a result of a recent media visit.

The Austin American Statesman shared a roundup of 2019 festivals around the state to kick off the new year, and included the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Leah Shah stopped by KHOU’s Great Day Houston to discuss events and activities around Houston.

A story initially published in AAA Magazine in which our team assisted, titled “Houston Dishes to Eat Right Now”, has been picked up by New Mexico Journey.

Houston First/Meetings

Brenda Bazan shared positive news about Houston’s upward trend in tourism with the Houston Business Journal in an article titled “Houston Tourism Sees Boost from Both Foreign and Domestic Travelers”.

 Mike Waterman spoke with Travel Industry Today to discuss the state of tourism in Houston.

Houston First’s LAUNCH designers took center stage at the Discovery Green fashion show, shared in Houstonia Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, The Neon Factor, and India Herald.

The Houston Chronicle shared news of Woodlands tourism board’s renewed partnership with Visit Houston through the Visit Houston & Beyond program.

Movie Maker included Houston in their list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Big Cities”, which was also picked up locally by Houston’s Culturemap.

The Houston Chronicle, USAE, Houston Business Journal, BizNow, shared news of Hilton Americas convention center’s $37 million makeover.

SpaceCom received a lot of local media attention in the month of November, including: ABC13 Space junkies can blast off to this downtown extraterrestrial extravaganza, Chron.com Moon landings, space mining and Space Force capture imaginations at SpaceCom, Chron.com SpaceCom to Award $100,000 in Google Cloud, Click2Houston SpaceCom: This is what to expect as NASA, aerospace and industry come together in Houston, CultureMap Space junkies can blast off to this downtown extraterrestrial extravaganza, Houston Chronicle Moon landings, space mining and Space Force capture imaginations at SpaceCom, Houston Energy Industry News SpaceCom Conference and Exposition Starts Tomorrow, Houston Public Media Houston Hosts SpaceCom, Rice Investigates Bioengineering Professor, Trump’s Pick To Regulate Energy Has Texas Ties, And More, InnovationMap (New CultureMap site) NASA's SpaceCom lands in downtown Houston, KHOU HTOWN60: Inside Space Com at the GRB, Nanalyze A Stock for Underwater Robots, Spacesuits and Dark Rides, Space News SpaceCom 2018, KHOU, and KRIV here, here, here, here and here.

Association Conventions & Facilities showcased Houston from the meeting planners perspective in an article titled “Texas Passion and Pride: Welcomes all to enjoy this bigger-than-life-destination”.

Houston First Corp. was mentioned in a story regarding Sam Houston Park in both The Houston Chronicle and the Abilene Reporter News.

Kulture, located in Avenida Houston, was named by Hoodline and shared by ABC13 among the six best soul food spots in Houston.

Houston First Corps. second annual Sky Art contest launched, and was picked up by Houston Public Media.

Houston First Corps. Loop art installation was shared by The Houston Chronicle.

News of McAlister’s Deli closing was shared in the Houston Chronicle and CultureMap.