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Professional Convention Management Association


June 24 2013

3 Updates on Convention Centers

By David McMillin, Staff Writer

From new hotel rooms to new labor deals to new expansion plans, there’s plenty of news to know about convention centers this week. Here’s the rundown.

1)  New Deal at Detroit’s Cobo Center Cuts Operating Costs

As the impressive plans for the Cobo Center renovation come to light, it looks like meeting planners will have another reason to keep Detroit on their maps.

Five labor unions and the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority have signed a new agreement that comes with plenty of good news for the costs of conventions and trade shows, including an opportunity for exhibitors to save up to 33 percent on material handling labor, delayed overtime hours and greater leeway for exhibitors setting up their own booths.

“This agreement makes Cobo’s costs more competitive with stands for the exposition and meeting industry,” Thom Connors, general manager of Cobo Center, SMG, said. “This is a significant step forward to clarify and maintain exhibitor rights and make our operations more efficient and competitive.”

SEE ALSO: Detroit: A City Where Pride Meets Possibilities

2)  Boston Could See Its Biggest Convention Center Hotel Yet

According to Katie Johnston at The Boston Globe, there’s a promising potential for a powerhouse of a hotel next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The plans for a 1,200 - 1,500-room property have been approved by the boards of the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. There’s no word yet on a timetable for the development, but the additional rooms would play a crucial role if the center’s big expansion plans are approved.

SEE ALSO: Boston Gears Up for Convening Leaders 2014

3)  Cleveland Officially Cuts the Ribbon

The wait is over. Cleveland officially opened the doors of the new Cleveland Convention Center, and plenty of people are talking about the 32,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom and 225,000 square feet of exhibit space. There’s more to the story than what’s inside the walls of the center, though. Click here to get a first-hand view of what makes Cleveland the epitome of cool from Convene’s Sarah Beauchamp.

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