Houston had a problem. It had a state-of-the-art convention center — the George R. Brown Convention Center — but no headquarters hotel. Without a large, 1,000-plus-room hotel near the center, Houston languished as a convention destination. But 16 years after the convention center was built, the city finally got its headquarters hotel, the Hilton Americas, which opened in December 2003. “It's made a significant difference in our ability to attract business,” says Jordy Tollett, president and ...

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