At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Continuing our survey of the largest urban areas in the state of Texas, we find ourselves today in the state’s largest city, Houston.
The fourth largest city in the United States by population within the fifth most populous metropolitan area in the nation, Houston lies on low land not far from the Gulf of Mexico, to which the core of the city is still connected via the Buffalo Bayou waterway.
Founded in 1836, Houston was named for General Sam Houston, a military hero of Texas’ battle for independence from Mexico and then-President of the Republic of Texas. A growing centre for the cotton trade and surrounded by plantations before the Civil War, Houston benefitted from its proximity to the port of Galveston on the Gulf and was the major railroad hub of Texas by the last years of the 19th Century. Houston also developed as an inland deep-water port after a hurricane devastated Galveston in 1900, but its economy increasingly diversified as the 20th Century continued, with petrochemical industry becoming a particular important employer in the Greater Houston region.
Today, petroleum is still a key sector of Houston’s economy but hardly its most prominent. The nationally renowned Texas Medical Centre is the largest concentration of healthcare treatment and research institutions not only in the United States but in the world. NASA’s famous Mission Control is located at the Johnson Space Centre, the main point of monitoring and contact between technicians on Earth and American astronauts as well as the focal point of the metropolitan area’s aeronautical industry. Home to many Fortune 500 company headquarters, Houston has the fourth tallest skyline in North America.
Houston’s active arts and culture scene is concentrated around the Theater District and the Museum District, home to permanent opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre companies as well the city’s major fine and contemporary art museums. Houston’s Chinatown and Mahatma Gandhi District demonstrate the city’s great diversity, and 337 parks throughout the city offer many relaxing green spaces to residents and visitors alike.
Houston’s main international passenger airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), the tenth busiest airport in the United States. Shorter-haul domestic flights operate out of William B. Hobby Airport, the city’s former international airport prior to the opening of IAH in 1969.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Houston, Texas.