Houston’s rapid response to the influx of evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita made two powerful points about the city, said Gerard J. “Jordy” Tollett, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a recent interview. The city can accommodate huge groups, even without advance notice. And there’s an enormous base of medical facilities and personnel that could be a plus for Houston-based medical meetings. “We were the center of Rescue One,” said Tollett. ...

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