Skip to main content

International Business Month

In recognition of World Trade Month, the Greater Houston Partnership is hosting International Business Month— a celebration of Houston's thriving international ties and our position as one of today's great global cities. 

Throughout the month of May, the Partnership will highlight Houston’s international business acumen, the reach of its global infrastructure and unique multiculturalism through a series of programming and exclusive content. 

Events

Houston Business United with Ukraine: May 2

The Partnership held a special webinar providing an overview of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how Houston individuals and businesses can provide support to the people of Ukraine.

Learn More

Economic Development Council: May 3

Hear about the Partnership's platform for positioning Houston as one of the strongest and most diverse 21st Century global economies and find out how you can become an ambassador for our region.

Learn More

Houston's Export Ecosystem: Houston Area Resources for Exporters in the Post-Covid Era - May 17

The forum will provide an overview for those who are looking to start exporting, want to increase exports, or simply want to know what has changed in the post-COVID era.

Learn More

State of Houston's Global Economy: May 20

Patrick Jankowski, Senior Vice President of Research for the Partnership, will deliver his annual Global Economy report and provide an analysis of global business and economic trends and their impact on our local market.

Learn More

Business Beyond Borders: Go Beyond: May 24

The Greater Houston Partnership will host a conversation on business and tourism opportunities between Houston and Mexico, featuring updates from the Partnership and Houston First.

Learn More

International Business in Houston

Houston is a thriving, international city with ties stretching to all corners of the world. The region's geographic location makes it easy to move both goods and people around the world efficiently. From the Port of Houston and the Houston Airport System to a host of multi-national entities doing business around the clock, Houston is where you want to be to connect your business to the world. 

Related News

International Business

Mayor Turner, Partnership Lead Investment and Trade Mission to Japan

10/25/22
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership embarked this week on an investment and trade mission to Japan to establish new avenues for cooperation in energy, innovation, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and transportation/mobility. During the week-long mission, Mayor Turner, Partnership CEO Bob Harvey, and delegates will meet with high-ranking government leaders and business executives in the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Chiba to promote Houston’s economic, governmental and cultural ties. The mayor also is scheduled to speak at the U.S.-Japan Council 2022 annual conference on the topic, "Leveraging Subnational Action to Solve Global Problems."  Day one of the official engagements included a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Japan, followed by a meeting at JETRO. This nonprofit organization connects businesses with the resources they need to expand successfully to Japan. Later in the week, the delegation will travel to Chiba to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the City of Houston and the City of Chiba. Mayor Turner will join the mayor of Chiba to reaffirm the Sister City Agreement executed on October 24, 1972, and vow to continue working in unison for the mutual benefit of our cities and people. "Houston’s Sister City relationship with Chiba City, established 50 years ago, is one example of the friendship that has contributed to our robust trade relationship," said Mayor Turner. "The relationship between the Port of Houston and ports in Japan are key to this trade growth, as is the more than 70 companies, including Daikin, Mitsubishi, and Toshiba, that continue to make major investments in our City." In 2021, Houston-Japan trade surged to a decade-high of $12 billion, according to the GHP. The increase in total trade can be attributed to the rise in the import value of industrial equipment, computers, electrical machinery, and parts, and motor vehicles and parts, as well as an increase in the export value of fuels and refined products, plastics, and plastic products, and organic chemicals. "The Greater Houston Partnership is excited to partner with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on a trade and investment mission to Japan, the largest foreign investor into the United States and one of Houston’s top 10 global trade partners. Trade between our regions has more than doubled over the past decade, and Houston is home to an impressive set of Japanese firms,» said Partnership President and CEO Bob Harvey. «International missions are an important part of our effort to strengthen Houston’s ties with our partners around the world and we’re looking forward to the discussions that will take place in Japan." Houston – Japan Business Facts: Thirteen Houston firms operate twenty-seven subsidiary locations in Japan, including Chevron, Halliburton, American Bureau of Shipping, and BMC Software. Seventy-one Japanese firms operate 242 subsidiaries in the Houston area, including JETRO, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Mitsui & Co. Of Houston’s 16 foreign-owned banks, three are from Japan: Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Trade and cultural relationships with Japan are facilitated in Houston through the Consulate General of Japan, the Japan Business Association, and the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH). "Japan is Houston’s fourth largest Asian trading partner. Over the next several days, I will focus on encouraging Japanese companies to increase their business in the City of Houston. We have the workforce and infrastructure and can offer a stable and reliable partnership," said Mayor Turner. Other engagements during the investment and trade mission will include a briefing and ride on the Japanese bullet train in coordination with Texas Central Rail and Japan Central Railway. The night before returning home on Oct. 30,  the delegation will attend the Houston Ballet’s first-ever performance of Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake.in Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan. Learn more about Houston's international business ties. 
Read More

Related Events

Houston Consular Corps

With approximately 90 different nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the United States. 

Data on International Activity

Foreign Trade

See the latest foreign trade figures through the Port of Houston.

Learn More

Aviation

Get the latest figures on international and domestic air travel through Houston.

Learn More

Customs District Rankings

Houston ranks as the nation’s sixth busiest customs district, with more than $194.3 billion in total trade in 2020.

Learn More

Houston Global Economy Publication Sponsor

Visit Website

Global Sponsors

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Trade Sponsors

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Hines
Pasadena Economic Development Corporation
Texas Mutual Insurance Company
The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Info Card Sponsor

Visit Website

Regional Partners

Amegy Bank
Houston Association of REALTORS® Global Program
Pacific Enterprise Capital International
San Jacinto College 

Signature Sponsors

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website

Visit Website