General Conference Information

AREA ATTRACTIONS AND HOTEL OVERVIEW

The site of USAEE/IAEE's 35th Annual North American meeting is the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. The newly renovated, AAA rated Four Diamond Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is in the Uptown Houston, Texas business district, just one block from the Galleria Mall. Only 30 minutes from both the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Houston Hobby (HOU) Airports, the Royal Sonesta is an ideal stopping point for both business and leisure travelers. Numerous oil and energy companies and worldwide corporate headquarters are in our backyard. The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria hotel is only a 15-minute drive from Reliant Park, the downtown Houston business center, Texas Medical Center and the Geo. R. Brown Convention Center.  All rooms are equipped with wireless high-speed Internet access, work desk, Keurig coffee maker, electronic safe, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and flat-screen HD-LCD television.

Did you know Houston is home to the largest number of theater seats outside of New York City? Houston, America's fourth-largest city, is a cosmopolitan destination, offering world-class dining, arts and culture, shopping and exciting nightlife. Discover a thriving arts scene, with ballet, opera, symphony and theater.  NASA and the Texas Medical Center, along with 25 Fortune 500 corporations, are headquartered in Houston. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest rodeo in the world, lasts three weeks and features some of the biggest country music stars.

Guests of the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria can enjoy shopping and fine dining at the Galleria and Uptown Park, two of the most luxurious retail destinations in Texas.  Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum, the Museum District and Hermann Park are also nearby.

Here is a sampling of local area attractions:

BATTLESHIP TEXAS:  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/battleship_texas/

The last of the battleships to participate in World War I and II, Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. in 1948.

BAYOU BEND: http://www.mfah.org/bayoubend

The former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg now houses the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's American decorative arts collection, containing several thousands objects installed in 28 period room settings showcasing American decorative arts from 1620 to 1870.

THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE :  http://www.thegrand.com/

The 1894 Grand Opera House is a magnificently restored not-for-profit performing arts theater showcasing live entertainment year round. With a professional season featuring more than 28 productions with more than 70 shows by visiting artists and production companies presenting dance, drama, Broadway musicals, opera and stars of the stage and screen, The Grand has been restored to its past splendor and turn of the century charm.

HOUSTON ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER :  http://www.houstonarboretum.org/

Located on the western edge of Memorial Park (4 miles from Downtown Houston), the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world.

HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICThttp://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org

With more than seven million annual visits, the Houston Museum District is one of the top cultural districts in the country. Eighteen institutions make up the Houston Museum District, and 11 are free all the time.

FURTHER AFIELD:

If you're planning to tour outside of the Houston area, there are many towns for exploration -- most of them within an easy drive.

For more information on Houston, please visit http://www.visithoustontexas.com/home/

For more information on Texas, please visit http://www.traveltex.com/

AREA DINING

Houston is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with cuisine from around the world.  Our host hotel is located within the Galleria District.  To view restaurants within this area click here.

CLIMATE

November is the last month of autumn in Houston. Temperatures tend to be warm and pleasant, but are kept cool with the chances of rain that pass through the area. The average daily temperature highs of 76 degrees F, down to daily overnight lows of 53 degrees F.

WHAT TO WEAR

This year's conference attire is business casual. This includes slacks, polo-type shirts, blazers, or sweaters for gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-type shirts or blouses, blazers or sweaters, and comfortable shoes for ladies.  Suits, ties, nine-to-five dresses and high heels are strongly discouraged. (Although temperatures outside may be warm, the air-conditioning indoors may warrant a light sweater or jacket.)