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August 2014

New and improved hotels and venues dot the Texas landscape

Greater Houston

Construction will soon begin on a 1,000-room Marriott Marquis, which will be connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center. The hotel is slated for completion by mid-2016.

Slated to open this month, JW Marriott Houston Downtown is the $80.8 million conversion of a heritage building, offering 323 rooms and 16,000 square feet of space.

The $58 million transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park is slated for completion by spring 2015.

Lone Star Executive Airport will soon include its own Customs Claims Area, expected to significantly boost international traffic in the county.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is in the midst of a $60 million upgrade that includes a new guest room wing and update of the property’s 60,000-square-foot conference center. A new 1,000-foot lazy river attraction is now open.

The 146-room Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands, which opened in January, offers 6,000-plus square feet of flexible space.

Groundbreaking began in late 2013 on the $325 million expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The center will remain in full operation throughout the expansion, slated for completion in mid-2016.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, an $18 million renovation of the former San Antonio Library, opened in October 2013. The museum features an outdoor events plaza and 40,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space.

The striking new $205 million, event-capable Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will debut this month, featuring world-class acoustics and a revolutionary movable seating system.

The 1,102-room JW Marriott Austin is scheduled to open in February 2015. Offering 110,500 square feet of space, it will be Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the U.S.

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