Houston, Texas: Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference Host City

Sister Cities International is excited to announce that their 63rd annual conference will be held in beautiful Houston, Texas. Houston’s perfect mix of deep southern charm and urban hustle make it the ideal metropolitan destination for Sister Cities annual celebration of peace through people-to-people relationships.

Houston is a global city, as evidenced by its 18 sister cities. Houston has formal sister cities relationships with: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Baku, Azerbaijan; Basrah, Iraq; Chiba, Japan; Grampian Region, Scotland; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Huelva, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Karachi, Pakistan; Leipzig, Germany; Luanda, Angola; Nice, France; Perth, Australia; Schenzhen, China; Stavenger, Norway; Taipei, Taiwan; Tampico, Mexico; and, Tyumen, Russia.

As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has no shortage of cultural and historical activities and landmarks. Houston has a 17 block theater district, miles of bike and walking trails, is home to Space Center Houston and to mission control and has an excellent public transportation system.  To experience quintessential Houston, be sure to check out one of Houston’s annual rodeos or fairs.


Each year, Houston and its sister cities partners host events to celebrate the culture, history and religion of each other. These include anniversaries, galas, religious celebrations, exchanges, state holidays, fundraisers and more. Sister Cities Houston writes of their mission, “Reflecting the vision of Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of Houston was established to promote the values of sister city relationships which include citizen-based international understanding, cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.”