Houston invests $1.5B in entertainment and leisure Houston invests $1.5B in entertainment and leisure https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=139922016-07-29T05:00:00Z2016-07-29T20:20:00Z

​HOUSTON - Already a top-20 site for convention business, Houston is making a major investment to move up the list. 

With a Super Bowl LI deadline, the city is investing heavily on entertainment and leisure.

A.J. Mistretta is the director of public relations for Houston First who operate the George R. Brown (GRB) convention center as well as the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mistretta says $1.5 billion is being spent.

About $250 million of that is to improve the GRB, and to improve the area immediately surrounding the convention center.

The Avenida De Las America’s will still leave room for two lanes of automobile traffic in front of the convention center. 

Four lanes are being converted into a walkway for pedestrians. New restaurants and $2 million in artwork are also included in the renovations.

In 2015 Houston First booked over 300 conventions that brought more than 600,000 people to town.
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