Practical Information

Coming to Breakbulk Americas? Here's what you need to know.

The 2021 Breakbulk Americas Event is taking place as scheduled on Sept. 28-30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. We have made the decision to require either proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID test to help ensure the safety of the Breakbulk community.

We’d like to share a reassuring message from the mayor of Houston:

"While I realize you may have concerns about coming to Houston at this time, I want to assure you we are doing all we can to minimize the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19. So far this year, Houston has hosted more than 50 safe and successful meetings and conventions. And there is no better facility than the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB). I applaud and support your proactive initiatives as an organization to further protect the well-being and health of attendees, exhibitors and staff by doing onsite temperature checks, and requiring proof of a vaccine or a negative test for those who enter the convention center.” — Mayor Sylvester Turner. Read the full message
Proof of Vaccination
Please bring your CDC issued COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. It can be the original paper card, a paper copy, a photo stored on your phone or in an app, such as Clear or one provided by your state.
Negative Test
Alternatively, you may supply a negative COVID test that was taken within 72 hours. We encourage you to be prepared for this requirement prior to coming to the show. If you do not have either of these documents, there will be testing available nearby.
What to Expect at Registration
We are working on the logistics of these new requirements, and we will share additional details as we move closer to the event. Here’s what we know today: Your first stop will be at the screening station where your vaccine or test record will be checked. Note that the entrance doors to the building have thermal sensors for temperature checks. Once approved, you will proceed to registration.
We urge you to print your badge before arrival in line with our contactless check-in program. You will receive a QR code with instructions in mid-September. You will pick up your lanyard and badge holder, and then be scanned as you enter the exhibition hall. There will be a limited number of printing stations for those that need to print their badges.
The CDC recommends masks be worn inside at public locations. Further guidance on masks will be released closer to the event.
Hand Sanitizer & Cleaning
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event space. We have contracted for additional cleaning between conference sessions and the venue provides reigorous cleaning on all high-touch surfaces and in high-traffic areas.
Social Distancing
The Main Stage, other content areas and the catering area and lounges will be set up with social distancing in mind and monitored to avoid overcrowding.
Speakers participating in the Main Stage conference sessions and in Education Day do not have to wear masks while on the stage.
Please Check Back for Updates
We will be sending further updates by email to registrants, posting to the Breakbulk Americas website, including in the Americas MEET app and posting to our Breakbulk Events & Media Linkedin page. We will keep the Americas Safe & Secure policy page up to date and invite you to check for updates.
Our Pledge to You
As we all know, safety requirements and recommendations are in a state of flux as information emerges. We are in constant contact with local officials, and can say with certainty that the safety of all involved in Breakbulk Americas is our priority and shared by Visit Houston and city officials.


See what Houston is doing to keep you safe!

Getting to the Event

The George R. Brown Convention Center is located downtown on the newly constructed Avenida Houston—filled with great restaurants, a vibrant park and anchored by two major hotels with many others within a convenient walking distance.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
Main Line: 713-853-8000
Toll Free: 800-427-4697

By Air
Two airports service the Houston area – George Bush International and William P Hobby.  Public busing, taxis, Car Transfers and Super Shuttle service are all available at both airports. Start by selecting your airport at Fly2Houston.

By Car
Coming from Dallas, Conroe, The Woodlands, Bush Intercontinental Airport


Take I-45 South → to I-10 East → to US-59 South (Exit #770A) → exit Downtown Destinations-Hamilton Street → right on Capitol Street → left on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Galveston, NASA, Clear Lake, Houston Hobby Airport

Take I-45 North → exit Downtown Destinations (Exit #45) → exit Pease Street → right on Dowling Street → left on Polk Street → right on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Kingwood, Humble, Bush Intercontinental Airport

Take US-59 South → exit Downtown Destinations-Jackson Street → left on Franklin Street → right on Hamilton Street → right on Capitol Street → left on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from the Galleria, Missouri City, First Colony, Sugar Land

Take US-59 North → exit Downtown Destinations-Polk Street → left on Polk Street → right on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Baytown, Channelview, New Orleans

Take I-10 West → to US-59 South (Exit #770A) → exit Downtown Destinations-Hamilton Street → right on Capitol Street → left on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Katy, San Antonio

Take I-10 East → to 59 South (exit #770A) → exit Downtown Destinations-Hamilton Street → right on Capitol Street → left on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Pearland, South Loop, Reliant Park

Take SH-288 North → to US-59 North → exit Downtown Destinations-Polk Street → left on Polk Street → right on Avenida de las Americas.

Coming from Austin, Copperfield

Take US-290 East → to Loop 610 South → to I-10 East → to US-59 South (Exit #770A) → exit Downtown Destinations-Hamilton Street → right on Capitol Street → left on Avenida de las Americas.

Getting Around Houston

Every 7-10 minutes, the Greenlink Green and Orange Routes connect locals and visitors throughout Downtown. The Green route spans 2.5-miles with 18 stops and connects major office buildings along Smith and Louisiana streets to METRO transit, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. From inside the GRB South Transit Center you can reach many popular downtown destinations, including  Main Street Square, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, City Hall and the Central Library. 

The free buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them a cleaner transportation alternative. Features of the buses include a streamlined, modern design, low-floor access, perimeter seating, high-quality air conditioning, 28-seat capacity and are ADA compliant.

Greenlink is operated by METRO through an interlocal agreement with the Downtown District and Houston First. 

Parking at the George R. Brown Convention Center
Parking at the GRB for Breakbulk Americas



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