A 15-member group from New Orleans that includes New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle, arrived in Houston on Thursday to monitor NBA All-Star Weekend events and meet with league officials because New Orleans will host next year’s All-Star Game.

The group includes members from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Police Department, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and several executives from the Hornets.

Before the New Orleans hosted its first NBA All-Star Game in 2008, a group from New Orleans went to the 2007 All-Star Game in Las Vegas to observe and meet with league officials to get a heads up on preparations.