As Houston’s second-largest trading partner, responsible for a total trade valued at just under $18 billion annually, Mexico is an essential part of Houston’s economy. As such, and with an eye towards the upcoming Super Bowl LI, Mayor Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership led a delegation to Mexico last November to help encourage the strengthening trade ties and drum up interest for Houston’s burgeoning tourism sector.
“As we work to expand Houston’s economic reach around the world, we must not forget to continue to nurture ties with our neighbors to the south of the border,” said Mayor Turner. The Mayor took part in two high-level business forums related to energy and medical research in an effort to explore potential future collaborative opportunities. During his stay, the Mayor met with Mexican energy officials, and lobbied for a World Petroleum Congress bid, as well as visited the Mayor of Mexico City Migeul Ángel Mancera to discuss future relations between Mexico City and Houston.
The visit was scheduled to coincide with the Houston Texans vs. the Oakland Raiders game, which played in Mexico City on November 21. The Mayor made sure to make an appearance at the game, encouraging fans in Mexico to come to Houston this February.