Category Archives: Convention Centers

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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McCormick Place Reaches Union Agreement

Oct. 24, 2011 After months of union and legal conflicts, Chicago’s McCormick Place has reached an agreement with several local unions.  The new work-rule changes make the convention center more affordable for companies who wish to use it for trade shows. The new laws allow exhibitors to use their own ladders and tools and unload…

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San Jose Repositions Sales Strategy

Oct. 13, 2011 Now that the San Jose Convention Center has been granted approval for a 125,000-square-foot expansion, Team San Jose is rethinking their sales strategy to support the soon-to-be-enlarged meeting area. The new strategy will be focusing more on the Midwest and the Eastern/Mid-Atlantic regions national corporate markets. The thought is that this refocusing…

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Pennsylvania Casino Announces Event Center

Sept. 22, 2011 The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., has announced plans to add a 50,000-square-foot events center. The event center is expected to open in May 2012 and be able to accommodate 3,000 standing attendees or 2,000 seated. The center will be located adjacent to the casino and hotel, which features 300 guest…

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Arizona Conference Center Breaks Ground

Sept. 14, 2011 This week, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., broke ground on a new conference center. The new $20 million conference center is slated to open Oct. 11, 2012 and will be located on-site next to the existing 23,000-square-foot ballroom. Private walkways will connect the completed 150,000 sq. ft. of meeting…

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