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August 2020

August 2020
Leisure Travel CN Traveler “Inside the First Major Art Museum to Reopen in the U.S.” Cuisine Noir Magazine  Black Restaurant Week's Mission to Highlight the Nation's Best Food From the Diaspora Simply Gluten Free         Houston , WE LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK Meetings Today ROAD ...

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Houston First Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of Women's Right to VOTE - MOGULS
From ingenious dreamers to creative problem solvers, some of Houston’s best and brightest are women who have helped not only give birth to this city, but who have also been essential in making Houston and the world better. In honor of the centennial anniversary of women's right to vote, Houston First ...

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Houston First Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of Women's Right to VOTE - COMMUNITY LEADERS
From ingenious dreamers to creative problem solvers, some of Houston’s best and brightest are women who have helped not only give birth to this city, but who have also been essential in making Houston and the world better. In honor of the centennial anniversary of women's right to vote, Houston First ...

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Houston First Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of Women's Right to VOTE - PIONEERS
From ingenious dreamers to creative problem solvers, some of Houston’s best and brightest are women who have helped not only give birth to this city, but who have also been essential in making Houston and the world better. In honor of the centennial anniversary of women's right to vote, Houston First ...

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Houston, We Have a (Meetings) Solution
HOUSTON (Aug. 20, 2020) -- In response to the changing meetings and event landscape, Houston First Corporation (HFC) announces the opening of The Avenida Houston Virtual Studio, a permanent broadcast facility with several new innovative solutions (details below) that is capable of hosting both virtual and hybrid events. AVENIDA HOUSTON VIRTUAL ...

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Houston Ranks 11 in 100 Best Cities in America
HOUSTON (August 6, 2020) – Every big city across America has wrestled with the challenges brought by the global pandemic. That is why Houston First is especially pleased to share that Houston is the top ranking Texas city, coming in at number 11 out of 100 cities across the country ...

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Michael Heckman Named Acting President & Chief Executive Officer
HOUSTON (8-5-2020) – The Houston First Corporation announced today that Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed Michael Heckman to the position of Acting President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 6, 2020. The Acting President & CEO will serve in this role until a permanent replacement is named.  Mr ...

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Houston’s Hospitality Community Launches ‘HOUSTON CLEAN’
Community-Wide Standards & Protocols Establish Commitment to Health & Safety HOUSTON (Aug. 6, 2020) – The Houston Venues & Events Task Force along with the hospitality, tourism and transportation industries are committed to the health and safety of residents and visitors. As the area prepares to safely reopen, industry partners ...

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June 2020

Houston First Launches Do Something New Staycation Campaign
HOUSTON (June 11, 2020) - Houston First Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the Do Something New, #Explore HOU staycation campaign, inviting locals to unwind, relax, and enjoy the perks of vacation without the concern of travel.  The largely digital campaign (ad creative here) is designed to jump-start ...

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Houston artists create mural as tribute to 2020 high school seniors
New mural unveiled at upcoming celebration  Houston (June 4, 2020) – A new mural celebrating the Houston area class of 2020 has been added to the iconic collection of murals in Graffiti Park, 2102 Leeland St. in East Downtown (EaDo). Internationally recognized Houston artist, Gonzo247 collaborated with artists Nicky Davis ...

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Houston 2020 high school senior celebration only days away
Live event program information and updates to video tribute celebrity lineup Houston (June 2, 2020) – Now just days away, Houston area high school seniors will soon celebrate their achievements at a series of special outdoor events created by their respective school districts at the urging of Houston Mayor Sylvester ...

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HFC leadership offers condolences and a commitment after George Floyd's tragic death

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June 2020
TravelPulse 25 Discounts and Deals on Summer Travel Forbes         Robots Play Pivotal Role In Keeping Travel Safe During Covid-19 Era, ALO Magazine       Hotels Respond to Coronavirus in Smart, Creative Ways Essence Celebrate Juneteenth With A Black History Inspired Visit To One Of These Destinations Real Simple What Is Juneteenth? The ...

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May 2020

Houston's Mayor Turner wants to honor seniors who endured a challenging year
Star-studded lineup announced for virtual video tribute Houston (May 27, 2020) – Houston area high school seniors will celebrate and be celebrated for their achievements at a series of special outdoor events, Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Five area school districts: Aldine, Alief, HISD, Spring Branch, and ...

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Houston First Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the United States. Houston First will celebrate this month of significance by highlighting our culinary industry, arts and culture, and locations of worship. During the month of May, go to the Visit Houston ...

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Houston First is paying tribute to the cultural diversity that makes up the rich and beautiful tapestry of our region by spotlighting Houstonians from various communities in conjunction with national awareness months. During the month of May, Houston First is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the many contributions and ...

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May 2020
Islands Magazine  "We Asked Resorts and Restaurants to Share Their Best Hamburgers. The Results are Mouth-watering" Reader's Digest     The 13 Best Virtual Space Exhibits in the World TravelingMom        16 Fun, Free Things to Do in Houston with Kids Chowhound 15 Self-Care Spa Treatments Starring Ingredients in Your Kitchen

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Houston First Celebrates the Spirit of Travel During National Travel and Tourism Week
HOUSTON (May 1, 2020) - Houston First Corporation is pleased to join others around the country in celebrating the “Spirit of Travel” during National Travel and Tourism Week May 3-9, 2020.   Now, more than ever, it is important to recognize not only the contributions of the travel industry to our ...

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April 2020

Houston First "Party on the Plaza" Virtual Benefit Concert
HOUSTON (April 23, 2020) – Houston First Corporation is pleased to announce the return of the iconic Houston concert, Party On The Plaza, Saturday, May 2, but this time audiences can experience the musical performances at home and give to those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. KHOU 11 and ...

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Houston First Employees Back on the Job Working for the City
HOUSTON (April 9, 2020) - Houston First Corporation (HFC) is pleased to announce all employees are back on the job and drawing on all of the organization’s resources to support Houston during the pandemic crisis. The COVID-19 outbreak has taken its toll on the travel and hospitality industry nationwide and certainly ...

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Houston First Rallies with Resources and Events to Support Hospitality Community
HOUSTON (April 13, 2020) – To support local businesses during COVID-19, Houston First Corporation has launched several initiatives and programs including a comprehensive landing page called, A New Way To HOU, dedicated to sharing information, opportunities and collaboration. The organization is also rolling out a #MissingHOU campaign, encouraging community engagement. “Houston’s ...

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April 2020
Forbes         How To Teach Your Children About The World While Travel Is On Pause She Explores Life  Take These Virtual Tours & Trips Til’ Travel Resumes USA Today  These 10 Award-Winning Children’s Museums Offer Online Programs Syndicated in 28 digital publications Lonely Planet         TV Series - Messages of Hope from Tourism ...

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March 2020

Mayor Sylvester Turner Orders Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Temporary Restrictions on Bars and Food Establishments
ORDER PROHIBITING CERTAIN LARGE GATHERINGS AND EVENTS AND IMPOSING TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON BARS, FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, AND CERTAIN CITY PREMISES BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON   WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Houston, pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, as amended ...

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Corrosion Engineers Postpone Houston Meeting Until June
HOUSTON (March 7, 2020) - Due to the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) announced today it is postponing its annual 2020 CORROSION conference until June 14-18, 2020 in Houston. The meeting was scheduled for March at the George R. Brown Convention Center. “We have ...

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Houston First Statement on Cancellation of CERAWeek
HOUSTON (March 1, 2020) - Houston First has been in ongoing communication with organizers of CERAWeek and has been informed that due to an advisory by the World Health Organization of the growing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the number of international people planning to attend the conference, the group ...

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March 2020
The New York Times        Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic The Points Guy Newsletter        You can stay at a hotel that uses virus-killing robots to clean its rooms The Points Guy      You can stay at a hotel that uses virus-killing robots to clean its rooms ...

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January 2020

Houston First Celebrates Black History Month
Houston (January 30, 2020) – Houston First Corporation is proud to celebrate Black History Month with a number of events and activities, all of which are free and open to the public. As the destination management organization for the city, part of our mission is to promote the Houston region ...

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Houston First Celebrates Black History Month
Houston First Corporation is proud to celebrate Black History Month with a number of events and activities, all of which are free and open to the public. As the destination management organization for the city, part of our mission is to promote the Houston region globally, and to enhance the ...

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Houston Ranks 32 in 100 Best Cities in the World
Houston (January 7, 2020) – “Smart, skilled and soulful, Houston is the American city of the future.” That is the description of Houston by Resonance Consultancy, a strategic business marketing, development and research company, which recently released its 2020 World’s Best Cities Ranking. Houston is ranked number 32 out ...

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January 2020
Lonely Planet         Best places to dine on insects in North America Meetings & Conventions Scarves with CSR Woven In Forbes 6 Cocktails Perfect For Lunar New Year Celebrations Forbes         Travel For Renaissance Men And Women Bismarck Tribune  Underrated Destinations TripSavvy    NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston: The Complete ...

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