You know which US city, after New York, built the most hotel rooms in 2015? Not Los Angeles. Not Vegas. Yeah, it was Houston. The city has a new 1,100-room Marriott Marquis coming online next year and plans for several more 1,000-room hotels. By the end of 2017 the city -- just the city proper -- is projected to have 87,000 hotel rooms. And it already has more than 10,000 bars, restaurants, and clubs.
The capper, though, for the Houston of the future is a high-speed rail project forecast to begin moving passengers in 2021. By the late 2020s the proposed lines could connect Houston, Dallas, and Austin with 90-minute rides between them all. If everything goes to plan, holding soccer matches at AT&T Stadium in Arlington or at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin would allow visitors to see those cities with just a day trip. With ample hotel space, a person could come to Houston to see, say, gymnastics and wrestling, take the train to Austin for a soccer game, spend the night, and return to Houston for judo the next day.