Meetings & Conventions: Newsline
CITY BEATFORT WORTH, TEXAS
The first phase of the $75 million expansion and renovation of the
Fort Worth Convention Center opened April 21. The facility expanded
south with 68,500 square feet of meeting/ exhibit space and added a
30,000-square-foot ballroom. Phase 2, set to open next spring, will
extend usable space west by 47,800 square feet and wrap up
renovations. Another Fort Worth addition: The National Cowgirl
Museum and Hall of Fame debuted this month to honor the women of
the American frontier.
ROOM TAX HIKE?
Officials are banking on a bed tax hike to help fund a decade-long
pursuit to expand the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.
If passed by the state legislature, taxes would go from 3 to 7.5
percent in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County, for a total room tax of
16.5 percent. Annual revenue is an anticipated $7.8 million.
However, some officials fear tourists will head to northern
counties because of the tax hike.
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