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Visit Houston is Making the Fourth Largest City in the Country a Destination for Everyone

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The folks at Visit Houston believe there are plenty of reasons to come to the fourth largest city in the United States and are actively engaged in showing people around the world just what Houston has to offer. "Right now," Senior Public Relations Manager A.J. Mistretta tells us, "we are engaged alongside our parent organization, Houston First Corporation, to reinvent the Houston Convention District, making it a livelier and more fun place for locals and visitors alike."

How do they plan to do this? The Houston marketing organization is "working with the private sector to develop new attractions and packages," says Mistretta. From retail to restaurants, large-scale art installations, a walking plaza and activity spot, the city's activities are continually increasing.

Houston already has Space Center Houston, which Mistretta notes is a "major landmark and one of our most popular attractions." From this center of manned space flights go south of downtown to the Houston Museum District where you will find the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts. Mistretta describes a few major events that draw millions of people, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each March, the springtime Art Car Parade and the July 4th Freedom Over Texas celebration. Then, there are Houston's four professional sports teams and performing arts groups.

A visit during the holiday season brings a slew of events and activities to keep you busy from theater to art to music and, of course, shopping. Then there are the many light festivals, such a Festival of Lights that runs through January 10, 2016. Billed as the "Gulf Coast's largest holiday lighting event," there is a 100-foot slide, ice skating, and long trail of more than one million lights and animated displays. Visit Houston has details on more things to do while in the area.

While visiting there are several environmentally conscience hotels to stay at, reports Visit Houston. Sensors turn out the lights when you leave the room at the Houstonian Hotel while Hilton Americas received Green Seal certification- the first in the state to achieve this. Embassy Suites caters to electric car owners and earned LEED certification as the first in the City to do so. Not to be outdone, the downtown Magnolia Hotel reduces water consumption with high-pressure/low-volume fixtures in all bathrooms. Check around, as there are also other hotels that provide green features.

Mistretta believes real estate in the City is healthy, based on new construction permits. "Multifamily permits, in particular," he states "are up more than 30% year-over-year. That's because, despite the drop in oil prices, Houston's economy is still buzzing." Fostering the growth are jobs in the medical sector, aerospace, professional services and hospitality.

Visit Houston is focusing on bringing a high quality of life to its residents. New parks and green areas were created, along with expansion of retail and dining spots. According to Mistretta, "Houston is definitely a more popular place to live, relocate or visit than it was just five years ago."

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