September 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATPhoenix
This Southwest city is not lacking in major projects. First, an 800-room hotel is planned for a spring 2009 opening, with Westin and Marriott in the running. The hotel is part of the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center renovation that will expand the venue’s 221,000 square feet of exhibit space to 600,000. In addition, Embassy Suites is considering building a 300-room property.

Rosemont, Ill.
An expansion of the Rosemont Conference Center is adding 22 meeting rooms to the venue, which is adjacent to the 840,000-square-foot Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The project, to wrap up next July, brings the conference center’s meeting space to 92,000 square feet. In other news, Park Place Entertainment submitted a bid last month to build a new Caesars casino in place of the bankrupt Emerald Casino. The venue would house 40,000 square feet of gaming space and four restaurants.

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