General Conference Information

NETWORKING DINNERS

The Royal Sonesta hotel is located in the Galleria area of Houston and is surrounded by numerous award-winning and acclaimed restaurants. On Tuesday evening some of USAEE leaders will host interested conference attendees to networking dinners at various restaurants (American, Italian, Mexican, and Seafood) within a 5-10 minute walk of the hotel. This will be a great opportunity for you to mix, mingle and network in an informal setting. Please note that attendees will be responsible for paying for their own dinner. Signup sheets will be available at the Conference registration desk from Sunday until Tuesday noon time. Signup will be first-come first-serve and seating for each restaurant will be limited. Those signed up will leave from the Royal Sonesta main lobby at 6:30pm to walk to the restaurants.

LIST OF RESTAURANTS

If you prefer to go out on your own and/or with your friends, a list of suggested restaurants is located on the conference website that are within walking distance or a short taxi/Uber ride from the hotel. The assortment of cuisine and fusion of the food reflects that Houston is the most diverse city in the US. It’s hard to go wrong with an epicurean selection - Bon Appetit!

LIST OF ACTIVITIES

If you are feeling adventurous and want to experience the Houston nightlife, or have additional time to take in some of the one-of-a-kind world-class activities that only Houston has, click here. It is possible to touch the moon, walk the deck of a WWII battleship, see priceless works of art, and dip your toes in the beach sand…all in one day!

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.

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.)