by Michael C. Lowe | February 01, 2015

Local Update

The Albuquerque Convention Center completed a $22 million renovation last fall, the results of which include a new exterior facade, a redesigned ballroom and a new atrium in the West Complex.

• Heritage Hotels and Resorts will open a 118-room property in spring 2016. The boutique hotel in the city's Old Town will include outdoor terraces with views of the Sandia Mountains, a pool, a fitness center, a 6,000-square-foot spa and conference facilities for up to 100 attendees.

Meeting Hotels: To find and compare area hotels, and to send RFPs, go to

Convention Center: Albuquerque Convention Center; exhibit space, 167,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 27; (505) 768-4575;

Airport Transit: Albuquerque International Sunport, about five miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15; by shuttle, $11

Taxes: Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue: The Banque Lofts in downtown offers an 8,000-square-foot roof deck overlooking the city's skyline that can host up to 150 guests. (505) 219-3107

Contact: Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 733-9918