Cosmopolitan Incentives

Houston, well-known for NASA

Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. Its mild climate makes the city a perfect destination to visit during winter, as well as in the summer and fall seasons.

Located near the Gulf of Mexico, it started as settlement in 1836 when the Allen Brothers named the city after the general Sam Houston. Today, Houston has a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 656.3 square miles. Large skyscrapers and numerous shopping malls are examples of the development of the city. It is an important metropolitan area which offers a great variety of attractions such as a commercial center, as well as technological and business enterprises.

Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, and health care and is an important center for building oilfield equipment. The port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions, and NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Cultural activities and entertainment are more than guaranteed here. Houston has the second largest concentration of theaters in the United States. Besides, there is no other place with such a variety of arts disciplines including high quality opera and ballet. Its museums attract millions of people every year. The most popular are the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum. Houston Zoo competes in popularity with these museums.

Visit Sam Houston Park, whose historic houses seek protection amongst the giant skyscrapers. Take a break in Bayou Place, a dynamic complex with restaurants, bars, live music, pool and independent movies. Our tour continues to Downtown Aquarium, in the proximities of Bayou Place. Finally, walk to Houston Arboretum, only a few minutes from the Aquarium. This natural retreat is one of the 200 green areas in the city, a perfect place to get lost strolling around.

Countless mall centers can be found throughout the city, such as Uptown Park, the Gallery, Highland Village or Deerbrook Mall, amongst others.

Place a bet at Gulf Greyhound Park and enjoy watching the greyhound races. We can also visit NASA Space Center and have a look at interactive exhibitions, which include moon rocks, the space shuttle simulator and some presentations about the history of the NASA space flight programs.