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Ten Houston hotels were included in the 2020 list of the Top 25 Hotels in Texas produced by U.S. News and World Report. A hotel popular with visitors from the U.K. the 5-star Post Oak (pictured) was placed at No 4 with the St Regis at No 5. Others to make the list were Hotel Alessandro (No 9), The Lancaster (10), Hotel Granduca (12), J.W. Marriott Downtown (13), The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa (16), Hotel ZaZa (17), Four Seasons (18) and Hotel ICON (25). Hotel Emma in San Antonio was named as the best hotel in the state.


Among many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic were the world’s largest energy event, the annual Offshore Technology Conference and Exhibition in Houston in May and the popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It is hoped to re-schedule the OTC in August or September.  Also a casualty of the co-vid 19 virus was the annual Grampian-Houston student nursing exchange. The visit to Aberdeen by two students from Houston Baptist University in May had to be cancelled.


Following his retirement from professional football, Stuart Holden, born in Aberdeen, brought up in Houston, is now a TV football pundit in the U.S. He is lead match analyst for Fox Sports and Turner Sports. He is also part of the ownership group for the Spanish La Liga side Mallorca. Stuart  played the U.S. national team,for Houston Dynamo in the Major Soccer League and for Bolton Wanderers in England before a serious knee injury led to his retirement.