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March 2017

Houston First in middle of Center for Houston’s Future event
Houston First was proud to be one of the sponsors for the Center for Houston’s Future annual leadership luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and his wife, Gwen, were honored at the March 22 event. Dr. Robert Ivany, president of St. Thomas University, was the ...

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Record 20 million visitors traveled to Houston in 2016
Milestone Goal Achieved Two Years Ahead of Schedule  Houston, TX – March 22, 2017 –  More than 20 million visitors traveled to Houston in 2016, a figure that reflects a new record for the city and achieves a benchmark goal two years ahead of schedule. An estimated 20.5 million ...

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HFC provides backing for hotel group’s monthly meeting
Houston First Corporation lent its support to the monthly membership meeting for the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston Thursday at the downtown Hyatt Regency Houston.Iannelli Dyer, the South Texas manager for Expedia, addressed the audience.  Expedia is the leading online travel site that connects travelers of ...

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HFC cookoff team gets high marks
Houston First was an enthusiastic – and successful! – participant in this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest March 2-4. In fact, judges voted HFC as the runner-up for most colorful team. Shown above with their banner, and flanked by rodeo committee members, are Belen Timmins ...

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HFC joins fun in Read Across America Day
Houston First was a Community Partner participant in a Read Across America Day event March 2 at Anderson Elementary School.Wanda Adams and Arcy Munoz represented Houston First as guest readers in the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the school in District K.  Donald Perkins, chief of staff ...

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Maureen Haley promoted in HFC tourism role
Named to direct strategic initiatives for Visit Houston brand    Tourism industry veteran Maureen Haley has been promoted to oversee strategic initiatives for Visit Houston, the tourism brand for Houston First Corporation. In her new role, Haley will develop and execute initiatives designed to increase leisure tourism and ensure consistency and ...

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HFC supports Buffalo Soldiers Museum Gala
Houston First was in the house in a sponsorship role for the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s 17th annual gala on February 24. The gala paid tribute to former military, students and athletes with proceeds benefiting  museum programming, arts and education. The event took place at the museum at 3816 Caroline ...

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Houston First serves as sponsor at Golden Fork Awards
Houston First served as one of the sponsors for the Greater Houston Restaurant Association’s Golden Fork Awards Gala held February 18 at The Corinthian. The Golden Forks event brings together 600 restaurant industry leaders to raise funds for the Texas Restaurant Association Foundation, the ProStart culinary curriculum, a local scholarship ...

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Waterman addresses Hotel & Lodging Association
Mike Waterman, executive vice president of Houston First Corporation and president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the keynote speaker at the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston’s monthly membership luncheon. Waterman briefed the local hotel industry on life after the Super Bowl in Houston. HFC ...

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