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Texas' most unlikely tourist destination? Waco — yes, Waco — quietly pushes to become a major getaway lure

By Barbara Kuntz

Waco is a wonderful place to grow up. Baylor University offers educational and athletic events, the symphony and local community theaters present concerts and plays and Lake Waco provides ...


Beads, Booze and Bayous

Louisiana ad campaign targets Houston to hype crazy Mardi Gras fun — and not just in New Orleans

By John Egan

Get ready for some beads, booze and bayous. Tourism officials in Louisiana are extending an invitation to Texans for Mardi Gras 2014. Houston is one of the media markets targeted in a new $250, ...


Changing The City

Arts Town: Mayor Parker touts new 5-year, $85 million cultural arts budget centered around hotel taxes

By Clifford Pugh

Just about every arts leader in Houston gathered with elected officials on the stage of Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to tout the benefits of the city's burg ...


Truth Telling

National travel writer calls Houston a much better trip choice than overrated, uptight Austin

By Tyler Rudick

Yikes . . . Sorry, Austin. In a piece for the Huffington Post, travel writer David Landsel ranks the Lone Star capital No. 1 in his list of the world's 10 most overrated destinations. ...


Island time

Galveston, oh Galveston! Island's new throwback tourist campaign brings musical surprises

By Whitney Radley

Romantic beach sunrises, bird watching, roller coaster rides, grand historic property tours, raucous parades and laser-lit dance parties: This is the Galveston portrayed in the island's new tou ...


Last Concert Cafe gathering

How hip is Houston? Bun B, Connor Barwin & other notables star in major ad campaign

By Dillon Sorensen

On Tuesday morning, an unlikely cast of Houstonians – including rapper Bun B, fashion designer Chloe Dao and Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin – made their way through the unassum ...


Island Time

Is Galveston truly a viable cruise destination? Debating the island's push for "port of call" status

By Whitney Radley

As a native Southeast Texan, I grew up building drip sand castles along Crystal Beach, swimming in Gulf of Mexico waters muddied by the Mississippi's silt.  Galveston Island, ...


On the East End

Galveston to get a new nine-story hotel on the water, community opposition be damned

By Whitney Radley

Ordinance? What ordinance? The city of Galveston's planning commission has voted in unanimous favor of a nine-story hotel at 1328 Seawall Boulevard, despite community opposition and a ...


World Traveler

The road less traveled: Laid-back Laos offers authentic Asian experience

By Shelley Seale

The land-locked Asian country of Laos may seem very far away from Texas, but Southeast Asia is increasingly becoming a hot spot for travelers. Particularly with rising prices and a weaker ...


Beyond Texas

Nonchalance toward Colorado wildfires helped fuel devastation: Keeping tourists a warped priority

By Chris Baldwin

On the first night of the Colorado Springs wildfire, the dining room of Summit restaurant at The Broadmoor resort was packed with people celebrating the night away. Next to our table, an extend ...


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