Summer NAPE Expected To Bring $2M In Spending At Local Businesses

The Summer North American Prospect Expo, better known as Summer NAPE, gets underway this morning at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The upstream oil & gas expo is expected to draw nearly 6,000 attendees to Houston, as well as roughly 600 exhibitors.

Greg Ortale is president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ortale says that in addition to business connections forged on the floor of the GRB, Summer NAPE will also bring more than $2 million to the local economy in direct spending.

“I was speaking with a restaurateur who was looking forward to NAPE coming into town because they do very well during that period of time. On a month like this month or whatever, it can be the difference between red and black in the lower right hand corner.”

Summer NAPE is the second and smaller of two such expos the city hosts annually. Winter NAPE, which took place in February, pumped more than $15 million into the Houston economy.

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...