Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership visited Mexico City on a trade mission this week.
“As we work to expand Houston’s economic reach around the world, we must not forget to continue to nurture ties with our neighbors south of the border,” Turner said. “This trip is about building upon the excellent relationship we already enjoy with Mexico. It is also about marketing Houston as a tourism destination. World class sports, shopping, arts and culture are just a short flight away thanks to Houston’s two international airports.”
Houston and Mexico have close trade relationships. The total value of trade between the two was estimated at nearly $17.7 billion in 2015. The joint delegation of the mayor and Houston-area business representatives focused on increasing the city's investment and trade relationship with its southern neighbor, especially in the energy, health care, sports and tourism sectors.
While in Mexico City, the delegation hosted two business forums. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobsen addressed the forum on energy, while President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center led a medical research forum. The Houston delegates also met with Mexican government officials, including Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera and Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal.
“Houston has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to do business and features first class amenities and an incredible quality of life. In Houston, the opportunities are limitless for businesses, residents and tourists alike,” Houston Texans President and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Jamey Rootes said.
The visit coincided with the Texans' game against the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.