Business View Magazine | May 2019

36 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE MAY 2019 AT A GLANCE THE GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER WHAT: A premier convention venue WHERE: Houston, Texas WEBSITE: city. What was really needed at the time was to take all of the entertainment and housing options available around the city and locate them centrally so that clients could take advantage of them.” So, over the years, changes were made. In December 2003, two months before the City of Houston hosted its second Super Bowl, the Hilton Corporation opened its 1,200-room Hilton Americas Hotel as an anchor and headquarter hotel, and the Convention Center expanded its contiguous ground level space to about 700,000 square feet, while adding three new exhibit halls and more meeting rooms. “That really changed our dynamic as far as bookings, because we were one of the only centers in Texas to have a hotel of that magnitude, connected,” Gonzalez explains.