Update from Gabe Garza, president of the MPI Houston Area Chapter, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flood.
Houston has been deemed a “must-visit global destination” for 2015 by three travel publications, accolades that come as the city grows its food, retail and arts scenes. More than $1.5 billion is being invested around the 1.2 million-sq. ft. George R. Brown Convention Center, including a new Marriott Marquis Hotel, the 70,000-sq. ft. Nau Center for Cultural Heritage and […]
Our last event of the year took place at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Here’s what you missed.
The last PYM LIVE Event of the year took place in Houston at the Royal Sonesta Nov. 13. Here’s a recap of the event app, social media and educational content shared. Theme of the day? How to make meetings more fun!
How to operate more efficiently, leverage technology and improve hotel contract negotiation techniques were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Houston, which took place Aug. 23 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. Here’s a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag.
We had a blast in Houston yesterday with Cindy Lo of @RedVelvetEvents and our hosts at the InterContinental Houston at the Galleria (@ICHouston). Couldn’t join us there? Here’s a summary of the educational session “Next Stop: Innovation” as well as some pictures from the event. View “2011 PYM LIVE Houston” on Storify
If you thought the revitalization of downtown Houston was over, you were mistaken. The city continues to reinvent itself — adding new hotels, attractions, urban parks and retail districts. Market Square Park, which opened in August 2010, occupies the site of Houston’s original City Hall in the heart of the historic district. The park’s lawn […]
If all goes according to plan, the hotly debated merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines will take flight early next month. Despite corporate regulations and lawsuits claiming the merger would create a monopoly, unfairly raise prices and jeopardize hundreds of jobs, United and Continental have been given the green light to continue with the […]
On Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT, meeting and event planners are coming together at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, Texas, for education, networking and an intimate trade show at the 2010 PYM LIVE Houston. The educational session, from 11:15-12:15 CT, will be led by Jeff Rasco, CMP, and Lynn Tiras, CMP. […]
Claudia, Evan and Lisa have their hands full this week, hosting not one, but two Texas PYM LIVE Events: Houston on Oct. 6 and Dallas on Oct. 8. I wish I were with them, but since I can’t be, here’s a timeline of tweets on what happened. Jeff Rasco’s presentation at the events: Jeff Rasco […]
It’s a little-known fact, but Houston (home of Beyoncé) has a pretty happening music scene. One of the best venues to book out if you want to give attendees a cool concert experience is the Last Concert Café. You can set up margarita and Tex-Mex tasting stations outside in the alleyway. Through the main entrance, […]
If you’re looking for an offbeat venue in Houston, check out Dean’s Credit Clothing, a bar/clothing store in the city’s historic market square district. It’s funky, fun and a great way to introduce attendees to local artists, live music and Houston’s Main Street club district.
By guest blogger Barrett Goldsmith Maintenance chief Donnie Rowell battled a 90 mph wind to secure a broken window. Housekeeping supervisor Maria Trevino-Sassa worked two full days without sleeping, without stopping. Food and beverage director Demetre Souras waited tables, folded bed sheets, cooked bacon and vacuum-dried soaked carpet. They never took their eye off the […]
Residents of Galveston Island were allowed to come back briefly for a “look and leave” Monday, Sept. 15, but the island was still without electricity, phone service, water or essential supplies. According to Dolph Tillotson of the Galveston County Daily News, West Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula and downtown businesses seem to have suffered the worst […]
Last month, I was in Houston for a speaking engagement and there was a problem with my room. The front desk was very courteous, and said they would move me and send someone down with a key. The hotel had an outdoor courtyard layout and was very close to the highway. My room was near a giant hole in the security fence, so when there was a knock at the door, I asked, “Who is it?” to make sure it was the front desk and not someone who had wandered on-property.
Unfortunately, the person the front desk sent didn’t speak English. They didn’t understand enough of what I said to respond, “Housekeeping.” When I finally answered the door, they mutely handed me a key, but couldn’t give me directions to where to find my new room. It was incredibly frustrating, and we were both left embarrassed by our inability to communicate.
The Houston Convention Center Hotel Corp. has put its 1,200-room convention center hotel up for sale. Any purchase would have to be approved by the City Council, which may use sale profits to fund the construction of a second convention center hotel on the north end of Discovery Green, an idea the council bandied about earlier this year.
PYM LIVE Events are held annually in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Orlando. Other locations are being added this year, so keep watching our events page for more information. Educational seminars offer meeting tips, creative shortcuts and information on the newest industry trends, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You’ll get a chance to meet […]
Welcome to Plan Your Meetings’ 2007 Houston Expo. These pages are your first look at an event we hope will reshape the way you look at yourself, your business and the meeting planning industry. Budgets, ROI, more and better for less… we could go on and on, but we know you’ve heard it all. Instead, […]
Quick trips around Houston, Texas, will only cost you $6, thanks to an ordinance enacted by city leaders. The flat taxi fare applies to trips anywhere within the Central Business District, bordered by I-45, I-10 and U.S. 59. No surcharges apply to the fare, so multiple riders can enjoy the $6 rate.
In Europe, puppetry has long been revered as an art form. Houston-based Puppet Pizzazz provides custom entertainment and puppetry workshops for receptions, social gatherings and other special events using larger-than-life-sized puppets. The company also can create corporate living logos, mascots, customized puppets and costumes.
Traditionally thought of as a suburb of Houston, The Woodlands is setting out to change all that. The newly formed The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau aims to promote the city as a premiere leisure and meetings destination.
After weathering an embarrassing scandal this summer, and intense political pressure to step down over the past six months, Gerard J. “Jordy” Tollett, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), has announced his retirement.
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]