Are Houston hotels getting ahead of themselves?

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Houston, Texas, has doubled its number of hotel rooms in the past year—to 5,200. And some hoteliers are wondering if the convention business will pick up enough to keep those rooms filled.

Unlike other cities—Las Vegas and Orlando come to mind—that have built-in incentives (gambling and The Mouse, for example), this Texas city faces the same challenge as so many others to attract the lucrative meetings business. I’ve only been to a convention there once, and it was really handled well. The only downside was a dearth of restaurants within trudging distance of the convention center for us after-hours, feet-weary exhibitors. But I’m sure that the number of restaurants have grown along with the hotels since then (this was eons ago).

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