The USMCOC,The Colombia Texas Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of Houston, and Houston First have joined forces to organize the first hemispheric Conference & Expo in Houston titled “Houston: Gateway to the Americas”, to be held at the J.W. Marriott Houston on December 2-4, 2015.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and the fifth largest metropolitan region. It is recognized as the United States’ epicenter of Energy Center and its Texas Medical Center is unparalleled in the world. The Houston Ship Channel, hosting the Port of Houston, is the largest port in the United States in international tonnage and its airport system is the top ten in the nation and #3 in flights to the Americas.

Houston’s leadership position will be strengthened with the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to the finalized in the first half of 2016. The expansion will position Houston as the principal port of Central USA, with large implications for the trade and investment. The Houston port is the presently deepening its container port to accommodate post-Panamax ships while at the same time installing new container cranes.

The conference will serve to strengthen the “connection” between Houston and the Americas, enhancing its position as the true gateway. It will undoubtedly expand on existing trade and lead to additional transfer of technology, education, tourism and other areas.


Setting the standard for exceptional accommodations and amenities, The JW Marriott Houston luxury hotel is just steps from one of the most famous shopping districts in the world, and only minutes from attractions such as Minute Maid Park. Enjoy the convenience of a Houston Galleria hotel within easy walking distance to more than 200 exclusive stores, fine-dining, and entertainment. The JW Marriott Houston is also near renowned museums, art galleries, and botanical gardens. An array of on-site hotel amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, private rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, spacious guestrooms, Starbucks, and stunning banquet halls.

One of the reasons for having the conference in December is to promote Houston as a shopping venue for the Americas, a role that has been traditionally controlled by Miami. Houston, with it’s tropical weather with soft winters, markets clothing similar to the ones wore in the Americas. Having the conference at the Galleria will help to showcase Houston for its shopping.
Discounted Rate

The JW Marriott Houston offers a limited time discounted rate of $189 plus 17% plus tax per person to all “Houston, Gateway to the Americas” Conference & Exhibition attendees. Please contact JW Marriott to make your reservation.

JW Marriott Houston Special Group Accomodations
5150 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 961-1500

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