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Houston’s new Welcome Center opens its doors July 16th!

Our reimagined convention campus, Avenida Houston, is just getting better. The new Welcome Center joins the great dining and leisure options on the Avenida and will be a must-visit spot for anyone interested in checking out all that the city has to offer. Serving as a resource for visitors, it will offer information and access to Houston events and attractions, as well as feature a grab and go eatery—Avenida Eats.  Additionally, the new Welcome Center will house Launch, a retail outlet that showcases the creations of local designers and artisans providing shoppers with a variety of Houston-inspired products including fashion, handmade jewelry, purses, soaps, teas, and much more.   

Visitor’s Center

The visitor’s center will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 8- 5p.m. and will extend its hours on days that conventions and conferences are being held. The center will have an attendant available at its information desk to answer any and all travel inquiries about the city. Visitors will also be provided access to the Market Place on-site through the use of iPads, and local magazines, itineraries and OVG’s will also be sold in this section.


The Houstonian boutique will be re-opening its doors, and will be hosting a special event called Pan Dulce in celebration of the center’s opening on July 26th from 7-10 p.m. The event will be hosted by local artist David Maldanatto in an effort to marry art and music into an event where people are encouraged to connect, explore and learn. Painting will be held on the patio outside of the Welcome Center and music will be performed on the Wharf.

Avenida Eats

The grab ‘n’ go restaurant will offer a wide selection of delicious and inspired items for visitors with a Texas flair. Items include freshly made breakfast and lunch tacos, salads, sandwiches, chips, candy, and ice cream. Bottled water, soda, beer, and freshly brewed tea and coffee will also be available.

For more information on the Houston Welcome Center, Launch, and Avenida Eats, please visit: