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July News Digest
Links between Grampian and Houston remain vibrant, Grampian-
Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner has been appointed Co-
New hotel development continues apace in Houston despite the continuing downturn in the energy sector. There are currently just under 5000 hotel rooms under construction – 3.5% more than at the same point last year. Only five U.S. cities have more hotel rooms under development and Houston has more than some tourist destinations such as Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Denver and Chicago.
In a list of America’s Best Large Cities Houston has been placed at No 7 behind New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego. The survey assessed housing affordability and the number of direct air links, major league sports teams, quality entertainment experiences and quality museums and fine arts institutions. Houston also fared well in a global business survey of 128 cities assessing their projected levels of importance and competitiveness in the future. Our Sister City was placed at No 8 behind San Francisco, New York, Paris, London, Boston, Melbourne and Munich. The survey considered forward looking strategies, environmental projections, patents per capita as an indicator of entrepreneurship, personal well being, economics, innovation and governance. Houston emerged as a world leader in gross domestic product per capita.