LODGING DURING FOTOFEST
FotoFest’s Headquarters Hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown, which hosts many FotoFest events. For Meeting Place and Biennial visitors, FotoFest has a special room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown for $159.00 per night + tax. The FotoFest reservation code is FFA. A limited number of rooms are available at this rate.
Go to the DoubleTree by Hilton FotoFest reservations page online and enter the Group/Convention reservation code or call toll-free 1-800-222-TREE.
The DoubleTreeHotel is one of several hotels in downtown Houston and the Museum District, including a number of boutique hotels.For a list of other hotels please click here.
The official airline of the FotoFest 2012 Biennial - Russia is Singapore Airlines, with the only direct service between Houston and Moscow, Russia.
Houston is a hub for a number of airlines including United/Continental Airlines (IAH) and Southwest Airlines (HOU).The city’s two airports are George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Hobby Airport (HOU). Shuttle service, taxis and car rentals are available at both airports.
For more information regarding airlines to Houston please visit the Houston Airport System website.
SuperShuttle now offers discounts on transportation from IAH and HOU to FotoFest 2012 Biennial participants and visitors. The Online Group Discount Code is VGGS2 (valid for travel March 1 - April 10, 2012).
To receive the discounted rate, make your roundtrip reservation by visiting the following link: www.supershuttle.com. Provide the requested information, to include roundtrip service, your name, flight details (from and to the airport), and your local contact phone number.
Please note, Houston is very spread out and it can be difficult to get around the city without a car. The FotoFest event headquarters at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown is, however, centrally located near Houston's MetroRail system and bus stops.
The Museum District and FotoFest Exhibition Headquarters can be reached by MetroRail. The Houston MetroRail is a 7.5 mile long light rail route connecting downtown to Midtown, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, and Relaint Park.
A good taxi company to use in Houston is Yellow Cab.
DINING IN HOUSTON
Houston’s dining options are diverse and extensive, featuring cuisine from more than 35 countries and American regions. A great resource for finding places to eat is available at a number of website including Fearless Critic (professional reviews), Yelp (customer reviews) and VisitHoustonTexas.com (Visitors Bureau).
A number of restaurants are offering discounts to FotoFest participants and vistors. A list of participating restaurants will be posted by March 1, 2012
Houston's Visual and Performing Arts are vibrant and active.
The Houston Museum District features 18 institutions that provide rich experiences in art, history, culture, nature and science. Museums include the Menil Collection; Museum of Fiine Arts Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Lawndale Arts Center; Houston Center for Photography; and many other participants in the FotoFest Biennial.
The Houston Theater District features nine renowned performing arts organizations, and many smaller ones, in four venues – Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Alley Theatre and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. You’ll also find Bayou Place which includes the Verizon Wireless Theater, restaurants and night clubs. In addition to the two major arts districts, therer are many more smaller institutions in neighborhoods across the city. There are several good resources for information on Cultural Activities in Houston including:
MUSIC AND NIGHT LIFE
Houston has a number of neighborhoods known for their night life. Downtown Houston has many bars, music clubs and wine bars, particularly around the historic Market Square. Newer developments, like the Pavillions, feature music and dining like the House of Blues.
Midtown Houston, just south of Downtown and accessible by the METRO Light Rail, has many of the city's best night clubs, discos and late night dining options. Highlight include the Continental Club (a music venue) and t'afia (restaurant),. Both are just adjacent to the Ensemble/HCC Rail stop
The Washington Street Corridor is Houston's newest nighttime destination. It is also the location of two of the FotoFest 2012 Biennial exhibition spaces - Winter and Spring Street Studios - displaying the Perestoika exhibitions. The neighborhood is also home to Beavers restaurant, an upscale Texas ice house. A great way to take in the Washington Street Corridor is by hopping a ride on one of the jitney services like the Houston Wave.
Other options for nighthlife may be found at: