Category Archives: Convention Centers

San Diego Hotels Approve Tax for Convention Center

Hotels in San Diego overwhelmingly approved a new room tax that will provide funding for a proposed $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. Mail-in ballots, which were due on Monday, show that 92% of hotel owners support the increase. The measure will add an additional 1%–3% fee on to the 12.5% charge…

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Voters Approve Spokane Convention Center Expansion

Voters in Spokane County, Washington, on Tuesday gave their approval to a 91,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Spokane Convention Center. Passing with about 56% of the vote, the measure also includes several smaller improvement projects such as adding seats to the nearby Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The total cost will be $65 million, which…

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Dallas Convention Center Undamaged by Tornadoes

The outbreak of tornados that damaged property across the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday disrupted activity at the Dallas Convention Center. Unlike the Branson, Mo., tornado that closed the city’s convention center for the entire month of March, however, business as usual has resumed today. More than 5,000 people attending Aviation Week’s MRO Americas conference…

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Miami Airport Convention Center Completes Upgrade

The Miami Airport Convention Center has completed a $15 million modernization project. Started in 2010, the project updated the facility’s 48,000-square-foot exhibition hall, 29,000-square-foot ballroom and 75,000-square-foot Educational Conference Center, featuring more than 40 rooms of various sizes. Formerly the Miami Mart Exhibition Center, the convention center is adjacent to Miami International Airport and is…

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Kentucky Officials Want Hotel for Expo Center

The Kentucky State Fair Board is seeking a developer to build a luxury hotel that would connect to the Kentucky Exposition Center. The board says the convention complex in Louisville has lost business to competing facilities in Nashville and Indianapolis because it lacks an attached hotel. A request for proposals has been submitted to 30…

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$4 Billion Convention Center Planned for NY

In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed plans to build the  New York International Convention and Exhibition Center—a 3.8 million-square-foot convention complex—at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, replacing the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.  The plan was revealed after Genting Bhd., a Malaysian-headquartered gambling company that opened the city’s first casino at Aqueduct on…

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Austin Convention Center Gets the Gold

The Austin Convention Center in Texas was awarded LEED Gold certification for existing buildings. It is now the second convention center in the country to receive this designation. Some of the center’s sustainable design features and practices include 66% of all waste diverted from the landfill, 250,000 pounds of organic waste composted in 2011, a…

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