IS HIS JOB ON SHAKY GROUND WITH THE CITY OF HOUSTON?

BLOGGERS: MAYOR DESCRIBED HIM SIMPLY AS COLORFUL!

It appears the head of Houston’s Convention and Visitor’s bureau could have a very rough week with a special news report coming out about him and according to our friends at BLOGHOUSTON.NET Jordy Tollett is not one of Mayor Bill White’s favorite department heads. According to the bloggers the Mayor described him simply as colorful. All of this also comes on the heels of the Essence Fest fiasco. See previous posts for more details and link to bloghouston.net for more on their article.

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 9, 2006 2:51 pm 

    This guy is really not doing a good job of showing off Houston. If you look at other cities the size of Houston: Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, they get much better press and media coverage than Houston. And you hardly ever here about Houston in the national news. And if you do its always followed by TEXAS, It can never stand alone like other big cities, they always say Houston, Texas. So when I have family come to vist Texas and they want to go to Houston, they are ALLWAYS SHOCKED at all the city has to offer and how they never knew.

    But I do give some credit to the Houston Music scene, I have family all of the nation that knows how the Houston music scene is really getting hot.

  2. Anonymous July 9, 2006 2:58 pm 

    This guy is really not doing a good job of showing off Houston. If you look at other cities the size of Houston: Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, they get much better press and media coverage than Houston. And you hardly ever here about Houston in the national news. And if you do its always followed by TEXAS, It can never stand alone like other big cities, they always say Houston, Texas. So when I have family come to vist Texas and they want to go to Houston, they are ALLWAYS SHOCKED at all the city has to offer and how they never knew.

    But I do give some credit to the Houston Music scene, I have family all of the nation that knows how the Houston music scene is really getting hot.

    Also when I order A Houston visitors guide the front cover has never said Houston until I complained and its now changed. It use to just be a big “HCVB” Or something like that. Like just anyone knows what that means. And my name is always hand printed on the package. How samll town is that!

    If this dude is in charge he definatley needs to be fired and Houston needs some one that can market the city on par with other cities of it size.

    Houston deserves much better!

  3. Anonymous July 9, 2006 7:27 pm 

    I like Jordy, I think he is doing a good job for the city. so mayor white wants to hire another one of his rich guy friends to run the show. stay tuned, we’ll see what happens!!!

  4. Anonymous July 9, 2006 9:28 pm 

    Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, they are all smaller than Houston. How exactly are they getting better media coverage and how is that the responsibility of the guy who tries to land conventions? They are not the same thing.

  5. Anonymous July 9, 2006 11:17 pm 

    Essence Essence Essence- lets forget about it please. Houston was a temporary home, a one time event. If Essence came back for 12 more years I’m sure Houston could build on the overall experience but for a one time event it was fine. The first Essence in New Orleans could not have been as well executed as the last so lets keep that in perspective.

  6. Anonymous July 10, 2006 10:57 am 

    I think Jordy is not to blame for everything. He does good work. Although the Essence Festival, in Houston, may be perceived as a one-time event, the visitors who patronized the event (and the city) should be treated as repeat “customers.” With 200,000 visitors, several of them are in a position to determine whether other events come to Houston…we need to do our best to make visitors to the city feel as welcome, as possible. The city should have felt more like it did during the Super Bowl and the All Star Games.

  7. Anonymous July 10, 2006 2:49 pm 

    (((((((((((((((((((((“Anonymous said…
    Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, they are all smaller than Houston. How exactly are they getting better media coverage and how is that the responsibility of the guy who tries to land conventions? They are not the same thing. 10:28 PM”))))))))))))))))))))))
    Yes city limits population wise Dallas, Atlanta, Miami are smaller than Houston, but Metropolitan wise, Dallas has over a million more people than Houston And Miami and Atlanta are just a few 100 thousand smaller than Houston. Take a look at the census.

  8. Non-traditional July 10, 2006 8:57 pm 

    After that conference call today with Terrance, SJL and others on bringing Essence back to Houston, it makes me wonder if the MBW will finally get his wish of getting rid of Jordy…maybe we should ask the woman who was wearing a wire when she was “allegedly” propositioned…

    Should Essence be held in Minute Maid?

    Gotta love Houston politicos!

  9. Anonymous July 11, 2006 6:47 pm 

    “”Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, they are all smaller than Houston. How exactly are they getting better media coverage and how is that the responsibility of the guy who tries to land conventions? They are not the same thing.””

    In addition to attracting conventions to Houston, promoting tourism is one of the primary responsibilities of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. THAT’s how it’s his responsibility.

  10. Anonymous July 11, 2006 11:15 pm 

    What were Essence’s problems with Houston? Didn’t they pick the Reliant Stadium venue (not City owned BTW) to have the festival? I understand that the City owned venues downtown (GRB, Brown Theater, Jones Hall) were available, but the Essence folks chose Reliant. Anyway, what else were we supposed to do with regard to promoting the event? When has the City promoted any festival held here?

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