About Houston

America’s fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There’s always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city. Come explore YOUR Houston!


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 17%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 8.25%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 21%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 
    George Bush Intercontinental (IAH): 23 miles
    William P. Hobby (HOU): 7 miles
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? Bus
  • How much does the public transportation cost? One-way fare is $1.25
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown? N/A
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? IAH: $58, HOU: $31
  • How many daily flights in and out of airport? IAH: 648 HOU: 178
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? 
    United Airlines (IAH) and Southwest Airlines (HOU)
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) – Aeomexico, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Alaska, Air Canada, Air France, Air China, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, EVA Air, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, TACA, Turkish Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris, WestJet, United
    William P. Hobby (HOU) – Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, Frontier Airlines


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 4,500
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? Two Connected Headquarter Hotels: Hilton Americas with 1,200 rooms and Marriott Marquis 1,000 rooms
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 
    960 rooms at the Hilton Americas
  • Can you list hotels by rating?
    5 star – Four Seasons
    4 star – C. Baldwin, Le Meridien, The Laura Hotel, The Whitehall, The Lancaster, Hotel ICON, JW Marriott, AC Hotel, Hyatt Regency Downtown, The SAM Houston, Magnolia, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Americas, Westin
    3 star – Cambria, Blossom Hotel Houston, Club Quarters, Hampton Inn Homewood Suites, Aloft, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Place, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inn Springhill Suites


  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    753,170 sq ft
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 
    547,730 sq ft
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 1.2 Million  
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 88
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 7,580 sq ft
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have?
    1, divisible into 3 sections
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 31,590 sq ft, divisible by 3
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? Last renovation was in 2017
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? None, at this time
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No
    Yes, Wi-Fi is available in all public spaces
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No
  •  Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Levy
  • Is the convention center a union property? No
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A


  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people?
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 10+
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center?
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and their whereabouts?
    • Professional Sports: The Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, NRG Stadium, home of Houston Texans and PNC Stadium, home of Dynamo – 5 blocks of the convention campus
    • Theater District – Area in the heart of downtown, is the home to Houston’s nine professional performing arts organizations. Add to the mix the Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plaza and parks. -5 minutes from convention campus
    • Museum District – Is a cultural area that includes 19 world class museums Galleria & Uptown Park – The Galleria home of the largest shopping mall and Uptown Park open air shopping and dining experiences. – 10 minutes from convention campus