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Meeting Sites SHOW SPECIAL: ESSENTIAL TOOL BOX Convention Center: George R. Brown Convention Center, 862,000 sf of dedicated meeting space, including a 31,590-sf ballroom; 3,600-seat amphitheater; 6,000seat arena; and four 2,880-sf balconies, with 117 meeting rooms accommodating 36,000 theater-style in largest. For complete listings, visit Facility Quick Search at Average Daily Business Travel Costs: Hotel $154.84 F&B $84.05 Car Rental $108.04 For More Information: Greater Houston CVB Houston MPI-PEC attendees—especially those whose knowledge of Houston begins and ends at the airport—are in for a rare treat. Houston is an arts town, a restaurant town, most definitely a sports town, and a shoppers’ paradise to boot. If you have the time, take in a show, a club, a meal or two, and perhaps a trip to the beach at Galveston. Insiders Guide to Houston b_press_kit/Insiders_Guide_to_Houston *Business Travel News 2007 Corporate Travel Index By Terri Hardin WELCOME TO HOUSTON: “Hosting a major industry event like Meeting Professionals International’s Professional Education Conference is a challenge for the host destination; we have to find a balance between showcasing the city and helping MPI put on a successful meeting,” says Lindsey Brown, spokesperson for the Greater Houston CVB. “Before planning started, MPI took a survey of its members and found out that they didn’t like traveling around on buses to the various events. They preferred convenience to outside-the-box venues. That is one of the reasons the events we’re sponsoring are taking place at the convention center and the Hilton.” GET YOUR “CULTCHA” ON: Close to the convention center is Houston’s 17-block Theater District, which boasts 12,948 seats in a concentrated downtown area. Offerings playing Above, The Art Car Museum and top left, the Society for the Performing Arts 10 NAME GREAT PLACES FOR GOOD TIMES The restaurants below have group facilities and were selected from the Zagat Survey of Houston. The list was determined by Zagat’s food and service ratings of 24 and above, and a price of up to $65 per person (without alcohol): LOCATION TYPE OF FOOD during MPI-PEC range from road shows like Jersey Boys and Altar Boyz to homegrown originals like Love, Janis and repertory favorites like The Importance of Being Earnest. Mark’s American Cuisine Brennan’s Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Bistro Moderne The Remington Tony’s Cafe Annie Oceanaire Seafood Room Vic & Anthony’s Quattro Montrose Midtown Galleria Galleria Galleria Greenway Plaza Galleria Galleria Downtown Downtown American Creole Steakhouse French American Continental Southwestern Seafood Steakhouse Italian There’s also the Museum District, one of the city’s most beautiful areas, where 18 institutions (including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Menil Collection, and the Houston Zoo) are within walking distance and/or accessible via light rail. AFTER PARTIES: “We are sponsoring a trip to Space Center Houston,” says Brown, “and 74 people have signed up so far. The Galveston CVB is also offering pre- and post-trips.” As for nightlife, she suggests the following nearby bars and clubs: “The Grove is a brandnew restaurant in Discovery Green (the park that is directly in front of the convention center); it features The Treehouse as its upstairs bar. In the Rice Lofts/Market Square area (Texas Avenue and Main), some of downtown’s best nightlife options are Sambuca Jazz Cafe, Shay McElroy’s, and the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (with For more information on these and other restaurants in Houston, please visit 85 beers on tap) at the Alden Hotel. La Carafe is the oldest bar in Houston and is rumored to be haunted. Red Cat Jazz Cafe is another great place for live music. The State Bar would be a great place for MPI members to go (it has a great balcony), and Warren’s is certainly not fancy, but they make a mean martini.” SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS PHOTO: GREATER HOUSTON CVB 134 FEBRUARY 2008

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Successful Meetings - February 2008
Editor's Note
Trade Shows
On the Record
Planner's Spotlight
Websites of the Month
Technology Talk
Personal Success
Food & Beverage
On Site
Tools of the Trade
The Rainbow Connection
The CVB in Your Backyard
Welcome to the Webolution
The Rail Deal
Spas with a Sense of Place
Places & Spaces
Mystic, CT.
Hong Kong
Florida’s East Coast
Atlantic City
Maui, Kauai, & Lanai

Successful Meetings - February 2008