Hello, Houston

A dynamic, multicultural city, Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and home to a thriving blend of ethnic populations. Houston’s hospitality, affordable cost of living and healthy economy make the city an exceptional place to live and visit.

Houston boasts a vibrant student and research community, which is supported by numerous major universities and corporations. Houston’s multi-faceted economic center includes internationally-known core businesses in energy, shipping, education, and medicine, among countless others. An international port and business center, Houston also serves as the touchstone for our national space program.

Texas Medical Center
HOUSTON IS WHERE THE WORLD COMES FOR TREATMENT
The Texas Medical Center is the largest life sciences destination in the world. With 106,000 employees, 54 institutions, and thousands of volunteers and patient visits, over 160,000 people visit Texas Medical Center each day. Over the course of the year, the campus welcomes more than 7.2 million visitors. Today, people come from across the country and all over the world to receive care from the best doctors in their field at Texas Medical Center. Incredible breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment happen at the campus' eight different academic and research institutions, not to mention the 21 different hospitals.

Climate
It’s easy to appreciate an average spring temperature of 68°F (21°C).
Shopping
Just blocks from Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Rice Village offers convenient shopping and dining with 350 retail shops, restaurants and services.
Parks and Recreation
Also within walking distance of Texas Children’s Hospital is the spectacular Hermann Park, a 445 acre park and garden center. Hermann Park conjoins Houston’s Museum District, home to 11 top-ranked museums. The Museum District features The Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Garden Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and the Houston Zoo.
Performing Arts
Approximately three miles north, Houston’s downtown Theater District houses 8 world-class performing arts organizations, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet. Visitors can easily board the MetroRail Red Line to travel directly to the Houston Theater District.
Sports
Houston is an epicenter for professional sports events. The city is home to the Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Texans, the Houston Rockets, and the Houston Dynamo. Athletes from these teams may often be spotted visiting Texas Children's Hospital.
Additional Attractions
Battleship Texas
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Brazos Bend State Park
Downtown Aquarium
George Ranch Historical Park
Ifly Houston
Kemah Boardwalk
Moody Gardens
Space Center Houston: The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is located 30 minutes south of Medical Center area.
Galveston Island: Just 50 miles away is Galveston Island, a popular weekend getaway for locals and long-term visitors.
Ground Transportation
Houston Airport System
  • 4th largest multi-airport system in the country
  • 20 airlines serve George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) airports
  • 55 million passengers traveled through the three airports in 2015
  • 80 million passengers traveling through HAS are projected by 2020
  • Serves 121 U.S. and 69 international destinations
  • Houston is the primary gateway to Latin America—No. 1 in the nation in the number of weekly nonstop flights to Mexico.
TRANSPORTATION
In order to bridge the 25 miles between IAH airport and Texas Medical Center, visitors have multiple transport options.
Transit time to Medical Center by private transfer can run 35 minutes.
TAXIS
Airport personnel are available from 7:00 a.m. until midnight and will assist with hailing a cab.
To request assistance for taxi service between midnight and 7:00 a.m., call 1-281-743-3970 or use the courtesy phones to dial 23-4198.
All taxis picking up passengers from the Airport are fully licensed and drivers must complete a training course in safe driving, customer service and assisting passengers with disabilities.
Approximate fares (not including gratuity, from IAH):
  • $54 to downtown
  • $62 to Galleria/Medical Center area-TCH
  • $65 to NRG Park
  • $75 to Hobby Airport
  • $107 to NASA Space Center
Senior citizens are eligible for a 10% discount.
A surcharge of $2.75 applies for a departure fee, and an additional surcharge of $1.00 applies for late-night trips between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
For more taxi fare information, please click here.
RENTAL CARS
The following rental car agencies have counters at IAH:
Advantage – Alamo – Avis – Budget – Dollar – Enterprise – Hertz – National – Thrifty
UBER and LYFT - private transportation network companies
Uber services both of the city's main airports at designated pick up spots.
The ride costs approximately $35-$40.
Remember to download the app before departing at: https://www.uber.com/en-IT/cities/houston/#; https://www.lyft.com/cities/houston-tx
PRIVATE TRANSFERS
See transfers by Viator at https://www.viator.com/tours/Houston/Private-Arrival-Transfer-Houston-George-Bush-Intercontinental-Airport-to-Hotel/d5186-5423IAHAPTHTL_P?pub=vcps
Fares: $76 (by 3-passenger Sedan) - $115 (by 5-passengers Sedan)
SUPERSHUTTLE
SuperShuttle transports travelers to and from their private address, office, or hotel. Choose between a shared-ride shuttle with fellow passengers headed in the same direction or book a non-stop shuttle just for you and your party. The shared-ride option -approx. $27- may take a bit more time to arrive at your destination, but is often more affordable than a taxi, especially if traveling alone. Private limousines and black car service are also available. For fare quotes and reservations, go to www.supershuttle.com or use the handy app. Tickets could be booked even at the airport SuperShuttle desk.
PUBLIC METRO BUSES
The public bus route 102 serves IAH and downtown locations.
Service runs Monday through Sunday, from approximately 5 a.m. until midnight. Transit time to downtown can run 1.5 hours. To check schedules and plan your trip, go to ridemetro.org.

Organizing secretariat
Città Affari sas – Mrs Flavia Pizzini
Lungadige G. Matteotti, 2
37126 Verona
Tel. +39 045 917806 Mob. +39 348 3341695
Web: www.sdscongresshouston.com
Email: info@sdscongresshouston.com

Local Organizing Committee Chairs
Dr. Tarek Elghetany
Dr. Alison Bertuch