Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs


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The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs (HOPIA) is a division of the City of Houston Mayor's Office and serves as the office of protocol for the City of Houston. HOPIA serves the Mayor and the City Council as an advisor on international affairs and protocol and assists the Mayor and other city officials in their interactions with international dignitaries. HOPIA is the city's official liaison to Houston's Consular Corps and advises the corporate community and the general public on matters of protocol, cross-cultural relations, international affairs, etiquette and event planning.


As the City of Houston's office of protocol, HOPIA functions as:


Learn at Lunch Series

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Learn at Lunch is an opportunity to spend an enriching lunch hour getting to know about the multicultural aspects of our city and develop connections with Houston’s consular corps and staff.


Some examples of past programs have included a Japanese tea ceremony, Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, a Journey through Senegal and Denmark Today.


The series is hosted by the Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs and the Visitors Center.



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Recent Activities



Ambassador of Hungary


March 1, 2013 -- Ambassador of Hungary -- On March 1, 2013, Mayor Parker met with His Excellency, Dr. György Szapáry, Ambassador of Hungary. Mayor Parker and the ambassador discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between Houston and Hungary. The meeting was also attended by, the Honorary Consul General of Hungary, Mr. Phillip Aronoff.




Salian-Lamar Exchange Students


January 29, 2013 -- Dalian-Lamar Exchange Students -- Twelve exchange students from Dalian, China, studying short-term at Lamar High School met with Mayor Pro Tem Edward Gonzalez and Council Member Jerry Davis, a Lamar High School alumnus. The council members emphasized the importance of education, cross-cultural experience, and intercultural understanding in addition to answering the students’ questions.  The students visited as part of an annual program hosted by Lamar High School.



IVLP Delepgation


January 28, 2013 -- IVLP Delegation -- Participants in the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program visited with Council Member Wanda Adams at City Hall. Countries represented included South Africa, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Greece, and El Salvador. The council member discussed a variety of topics including municipal government, the involvement of youth in government, and shared her passion for public service. While in Houston they also met with members of the Mayor’s Youth Council.



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Contact HOPIA


Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs


Deanea LeFlore, Executive Director
Niké Luqman, Senior Protocol and Community Outreach Manager
Ines Sigel, Senior Protocol and International Affairs Manager
Jose Elizalde, Protocol and Administrative Manager
Tomiko Olah, Protocol Manager and Sister Cities Coordinator


City Hall, First Floor

901 Bagby
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 832.393.0700
Fax: 832.393.0719





Sister Cities


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The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs is the city's liaison to Houston's sister city associations and to the national governing organization, Sister Cities International and the local Sister Cities of Houston.


Through their official city-to-city relationships, these volunteer associations promote people-to-people diplomacy and encourage citizens to develop mutual trust and understanding through commercial, cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges.



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Consular Relations


With 92 consulates in the area, the Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs works to advise and assist consular officials in their interactions with the Houston community. Our involvement encompasses a wide range of activities, from supplying newcomers with information about Houston to working with the State Department on credentials and security issues, all with the goal of making the Houston tenure of these officials as productive and pleasant as possible.



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