NEWS AND NOTES FOR THE MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS INDUSTRY
Last Exit to Long Beach
A cool new event space — in
an underpass. See p. 22.
As this issue of Convene
was going to press, parts
of the Caribbean and
Florida were assessing
the damage from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane
Maria. Look for more
coverage of these storms
Houston After Harvey
Visit Houston’s Mike Waterman on how the destination’s meetings
infrastructure weathered Hurricane Harvey — and how it’s moving
forward after the storm.
It’s not an accident that the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) sits where it does in downtown Houston. It was designed that way, according to Mike Waterman, president of Visit Houston. “This area
we call Avenida Houston and used to call the Convention District is one of
the highest points in the central business district,” Waterman said.
“…We’re naturally a high point in town, and we certainly saw that during
what some are considering a 1,000-year flood.” ›