What We’re Reading: Looking for Conventions, Cities Add Hotel Rooms
September 15, 2015
“The need to stay competitive is behind the buildup, too. That means not only boasting about ample room supply, but also simplifying the lives of meeting planners by giving them two or three lodging contracts instead of seven or eight.”
The competition to host major conferences is as every bit as intense as the battle to win investment projects.
The New York Times story by Joe Gose looks at how major US cities are working to attract new hotel and convention center projects – usually with public money – to improve their competiveness within the business events segment. Kansas City, Nashville, Washington and Austin are all profiled in the story. As destination marketing organizations are more frequently working in collaboration with their economic development partners, this article is definitely worth a read.