BESTCITIES CLIENT WORKSHOP 09-14 OCTOBER 2013
HUGO’S REGIONAL MEXICAN CUISINE Located in the heart of Houston's Montrose area, Hugo's brings the exciting and earthy flavors of Mexico across the border. “Authentic Mexican cooking is a worldclass cuisine that has remained virtually unchanged by the outside world," says Executive Chef Hugo Ortega.
ITINERARY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 Optional 19:00pm – 21:00 Dinner at Taste of Texas The Taste of Texas restaurant sets the standard in steakhouse excellence, serving only Certified Angus Beef, the finest steaks and prime rib available. Owners Edd and Nina Hendee opened the restaurant in 1977 and in addition to the great menu, they have an incredible collection of museum quality artifacts from great Texas heritage. After Dinner: Yard House- City Center Yard House is an upscale-casual eatery known for great food, classic rock music and 100 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales & lagers. Whether you’re in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, Yard House has something for everyone.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013 Official start of the program: 16:15-17:00 Hilton Americas Site Inspection Hilton Americas- The 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston, a 24-story state-of-the-art convention hotel, is connected via skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center. 17:15-19:00 Museum of Natural Science- Introduction and Networking Reception 19:30-21:30 Dinner at Hugo’s Optional: After dinner- Foundation Room at the House of Blues House of Blues- Designed as an extravagant multi-faceted entertainment destination and encompassing approximately 43,000 square feet, House of Blues Houston houses a multi-level Music Hall featuring national and local live entertainment, state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, general admission dance floor, a seated balcony and seated boxes for private enjoyment.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
KEMAH Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.
This multilevel destination highlights the Earthâ€™s wonders in world-class touring exhibitions. The museum also makes room for the Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and innovative Paleontology Hall.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013 07:30-09:00 George R. Brown- Breakfast followed by a Site Inspection At 1.8 million gross sq ft, the George R. Brown Convention Center ranks among the 10 largest convention centers in the nation. Convention-goers in Houston will appreciate the excitement and convenience afforded by the George R. Brown's downtown location. 09:00-11:30 One-on-one meetings/ Hilton Americas 11:30-14:00 The Grove- Launching of the BestEvent Center; Networking lunch with Houston based International Associations Representatives and City Ambassadors The Grove- Located across the street from the convention center, this two-story, ultraurban restaurant is one of two restaurants inside Discovery Green downtown park. From its setting on the south side of the park, The Grove looks out to a stand of mature live oaks. 14:45-17:00 Space Center Houston 17:30-22:30 Kemah Boardwalk- Cruise, dinner and party on the boat
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013 Dress code: Business casual 08:00-09:00 Site inspection at Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency- Noted for attentive service and a prime location within the downtown business and entertainment districts, the 947-room Hyatt Regency Houston provides an upscale experience for convention groups as well as business and leisure travelers. 09:10- 10:15 Aquarium Site inspections Downtown Aquarium- Part restaurant, part exhibit, the aquarium features tanks filled with stingrays, sharks and other exotic marine life. Themed habitats include the Louisiana Swamp exhibit filled with dwarf gators, crawfish and snapping turtles, as well as the White Tigers of the Maharajaâ€™s Temple exhibit.
DISCOVERY GREEN Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located in downtown Houston. Prominent features visitors can enjoy include a oneacre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art works, HPL (Houston Public Library) Express, open lawns, and great restaurants.
SPACE CENTER HOUSTON While much of NASA’s Johnson Space Center is off-limits to civilians, guests can still get an in-depth look at the nation’s space program at Space Center Huston. Go inside the Skylab training facility, witness a space shuttle launch in the Blast off Theater and check out the latest additionSpace Shuttle Explorer. 10:45- 11:30
10:30- 11:00 A Site Inspection at The St. Regis The St. Regis- Situated in Houston’s exclusive residential area of Post Oak Park and River Oaks—one half-mile from The Galleria and 12 miles from Downtown Houston— the St. Regis Houston has remained a local legend since first opening in 1982. 11:00-12:30 One-on-one meetings at The St. Regis 12:30-13:30 Lunch at the St. Regis 13:30-15:15 One-on-one meetings at The St. Regis 15:30-19:30 Optional: Galleria shopping/Free time at Hilton Americas 20:00-22:00 Dinner at Pappas Bros Pappas Bros- This steakhouse is widely recognized as one of the highest quality restaurants in the nation, showcasing dry-aged, prime steaks. Recently awarded Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, their wine list boasts more than 2,300 selections from every major wine producing region in the world. After dinner- Sambuca Sambuca is a rockin' dinner club with great American food and live music nightly. The music spans from classic rock and acoustic pop to top 40 hits and on the weekends they always have a high energy dance band.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013 08:30- Helicopter tour- City of Houston, Landing at the Cowboy Solution All day at The Cowboy Solution- Client Forum; Leadership program; Wine tasting; Campfire; Lunch and Dinner; Country Band and a two-step dance
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013 AM Departures- IMEX America Las Vegas
COWBOY SOLUTION The Cowboy Solution is an experiential leadership development training company, which uses horses to teach participants how to build powerful partnerships based on trust Company provide teams with opportunities to reconnect, re-energize, and, discover how to come together to achieve workplace success..
The Galleria hosts more than 24 million visitors annually, offers world-class shopping with more than 375 stores, 30 restaurants, two hotels, and a fullsized ice rink. The Galleria is home to a whoâ€™s who list of designers, including Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren, among many others.
Photography: Julie Soefer, Debra Ford, Sergio Garcia Rill, GHCVB, Olja Zvizdic