International Focus Magazine Vol. 4, #1 - Page 27

Above: Mayor Turner meets with the Mayor of Mexico City Above: Mayor Turner and Greater Houston Partnership Senior VP for Economic Development Susan Davenport and members of the Houston delegation at a Houston business forum in India South America: Chile, Peru, Argentina In addition to strong business and cultural ties, Houston is well-con- nected to South America through direct air service to the region in- cluding Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. United Airlines’ gateway to Latin America is Houston’s George Bush Interconti- nental Airport, where United oper- ates nonstop service to more than 50 destinations throughout Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. India Mayor Turner led a trade mission to India with the Greater Hous- ton Partnership in November 2018. Mayor Turner and the Greater Hous- Mayor Turner had a wide-range of ton Partnership led a trade and in- meetings in both New Delhi and vestment mission to Peru, Chile and Mumbai, including a meeting with Argentina in July 2018. The mission focused on promoting Houston’s ad- Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. vantages for investment and trade and Direct flights were one of the main enhancing key government and busi- topics of conversation with India’s ness relationships between the Hous- Minister of Tourism K.J. Alsphons. ton region and the three countries. “Direct flights would encourage Targeted business sectors included Following the Mayor’s successful mis- more business activity and tourism energy, trade and logistics as well as sion to South America, Buenos Aires to and from India and Houston,” said appointed a representative in Hous- tourism. ton to stay abreast of opportunities, Mayor Turner. Senior Vice President and the American Chamber plans of Tourism of Houston First Jorge to send a delegation in the spring of Franz noted that tourists from In- 2019 related to healthcare to follow- dia spend more money per capita in up on opportunities that emerged Houston than any other group from during the mission. Houstonian and abroad. Parallel meetings featured Chilean officials will continue the Gabrielle Rowe, chief executive of discussion began on the mission sur- Station Houston, a startup accelerator rounding resiliency. The Chilean aiming to transform Houston into a government has broad experience world-leading hub for technology handling a range of natural disasters, and innovation and entrepreneurship. including earthquakes, flooding, and The mission to India included busi- volcanic eruptions. Chilean officials ness forums in Mumbai and Delhi, and Mayor Turner signed an MOU where participants heard first-hand during the visit to continue sharing from Mayor Turner and Vice Presi- dent of the Greater Houston Part- best practices. nership Susan Davenport and other iF Magazine | 27