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July 2019

New Avenida Houston Welcome Center, a Gateway to the City
The most recent addition to Avenida Houston convention and entertainment campus is the long-awaited Welcome Center which features three distinct experiences: the city’s official Welcome Center; Launch, a retail outlet; and Avenida Eats, a grab-and-go eatery. Located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, the new Welcome Center is accessible ...

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HFC Displays Looks from Fashion Fusion 2019 Summer Tour
This summer Houston First is again delighted to display looks from the Houston Community College’s Fashion Design. These gowns walked the runway at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston in June, as part of the annual program Fashion Fusion. HCC Fashion Design students and alumni created original designs inspired by ...

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The Lunar Landing Celebration Continues at the GRB
You don't have to go far to be part of the 50th moon landing year-long celebration. In case you missed all the activities in July or perhaps you just didn't get enough of all the "space stuff," well you still have a chance to view some really cool ...

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Celebrating Lunar Landing Month
Houston Public Media and Houston First are paying tribute to the diversity in our region by spotlighting Houstonians from various communities in conjunction with national awareness months. JUAN “TONY” CASTILLEJA, JR.Human Spaceflight | The Boeing Company Raised in Baytown, Texas, Tony Castilleja, Jr. became the first in his family to become an engineer ...

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Houston’s Tourism and Arts Industries Receive a Financial Boost
Houston First Corporation and Airbnb, the online home sharing platform, today announced a breakthrough agreement in which Houston’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) will be collected from Airbnb customers starting July 1. The 7 percent tax on Airbnb rentals will flow to Houston First, a government corporation that promotes and markets ...

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Destination/Leisure
Pack  Your Bag Challenge in partnership with KHOU is in full effect. This July, the team showcased The Houstonian Hotel and Hotel Derek. Robb Report shared coverage of Houston in an article titled, “10 Extravagant Hotel Pools to Cool You Off in Style.” Houston in the Wall Street Journal in the Rich Zips column of their Mansion ...

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