As with the Super Bowl, visitors who came in for the MLB All Star Game left with a positive impression of Houston.
Out-of-towners here for the All-Star Game last week had an overwhelmingly positive experience, according to a new poll released by the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The survey, commissioned by the the bureau and administered randomly to hotel guests, shows the city exceeded most tourists' expectations and suggests progress in the city's effort to develop a more attractive image.
Still, despite generally positive feedback from most of the 744 respondents, about 60 percent said they were uncertain if they would return to the Space City for a pleasure or leisure trip.
City officials remain pleased with the results.
"Whatever money that the (government) invested in these two events was well worth it because we made a very strong and positive impression on over a quarter million people," said Jordy Tollett, president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Those people now have a positive image of Houston, and that will help with attracting corporate relocation, tourism, cruise lines and conventions. We hit a home run."
When asked what aspect of the city's image stood out, respondents mostly associated Houston with sports, 36 percent, and friendliness, 32 percent.
Other statistics showed that nearly 95 percent of those surveyed were very or somewhat satisfied with their ability to get to All-Star events via available transportation.