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  1. I wasn't sure if a separate tourism thread exists, so I thought I'd present the information. Houstonia posted an interesting article on tourism numbers from 2017 to 2018. The original article can be found here: https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2019/5/3/houston-had-23-million-visitors-in-2018 Here's some interesting numbers: The number of booked meetings and conventions rose from 429 in 2017 to 498 in 2018. About 19 million of our visitors in 2018 reside in the U.S., a 10 percent increase from what was reported for 2017. Of those 19 million, about 75 percent stayed overnight and 25 percent came for day trips. Roughly 72 percent of domestic visitors came to Houston for leisure activities, 18 percent came on business, and 10 percent came for other reasons. Millennials continue to comprise most of Houston’s domestic visitors, a trend reported in both 2017 and 2018 by an Omnibus study conducted by Omnitrak. Meanwhile, the 3.28 million international visits to Houston in 2018 is actually a 6.3 percent decrease from 2017—likely due to foreign policies and a strong dollar—and it’s expected to decline again in 2019. One truly big draw for Houston was Comicpalooza, which brought in a record 50,778 attendees from 47 states and 18 countries in 2018 with an economic impact of more than $20 million. Since I'm not native to Houston, I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on these numbers.
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