Houston’s New Meetings District

Known as Houston‘s new epicenter of art, dining, entertainment, and more, Avenida Houston is quickly becoming an integral part of meetings and conventions within the Greater Houston area. Named after Avenida de las Americas, the boulevard that fronts the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB), the 97,000-square-foot Avenida Houston is home to public art installations, two convention headquarter hotels, and Discovery Green, a 12-acre park.

Perfect for business and leisure, Avenida Houston offers programming year-round for locals and visitors to enjoy, including live music, art exhibitions, kayaking, ice skating and much more. Also available to GRB attendees and nearby visitors is the plaza’s complimentary Wi-Fi. In addition, the plaza encompasses several places to call home during visits. The Hilton Americas-Houston has 1,200 rooms, an onsite spa and health club, and a FedEx Office within the hotel. This property was the first in Texas to receive its Green Seal certification, thanks to its extensive recycling program and use of low-energy fixtures and energy-saving light bulbs. On the other end of the GRB is the Marriott Marquis Houston, a new hotel with 1,000 rooms and six on-property dining establishments, including a two-story sports bar. Also unique to this property is the 530-foot-long, Texas-shaped lazy river and rooftop infinity pool, which offers spacious views of the adjacent Discovery Green.

Both properties are connected to the GRB via air-controlled skywalks, offering your attendees easy access to their accommodations and their events. With a total of 7,700 hotel rooms in downtown Houston, attendees can choose from a variety of amenities and budgets during their time in Houston, including close proximity to Avenida Houston.

Meeting attendees can explore Avenida Houston and nearby downtown neighborhoods using the METRORail, which provides service along 23 miles of central Houston. It connects Avenida Houston to the Theater District and many hot spots throughout town, including NRG Park, home of the Houston Texans, Rodeo Houston and more. In case attendees want to drive to Avenida Houston or the GRB, they’ll find three main parking garages in the immediate area — Avenida North, South and Central — for a combined total of 4,000 covered parking spaces. Other transportation options in the area include ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, as well as the free Greenlink bus system for an eco-friendly commute through downtown Houston.

Once business is done for the day, groups (and individuals) can explore the nightlife and dining options of Avenida Houston. The epicenter is perfect for after-work cocktails, a business meeting, or networking with peers. With nearly 20 restaurants in the immediate vicinity, including five within the GRB, it is a gateway to exquisite cuisine.

As both a nod to “Space City” and the launching of new items, popular retailer LAUNCH showcases the work of local designers and artisans, rotating through different ones each month. Another nod to the local arts community is the addition of mini-murals and sculptures in the Avenida Houston area. Two massive sculptural works, “Soaring in the Clouds” by Ed Wilson and “Wings Over Water” by Joe O’ Connell and Creative Machines, greet visitors to the Avenida district, along with many local artists featured throughout the GRB.

Discover what Avenida Houston has to offer your next meeting or convention — complete with entertainment, accommodations, and plenty of fun to experience after the conference! Learn more at AvenidaHouston.com.

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