by By Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 01, 2008

Kansas City, Mo., has hired Convention Center Hotel Advisors, a consulting partnership comprising Minneapolis-based Convention Sports & Leisure International and Denver-based Hospitality Real Estate Counselors, for advice on how a proposed $300 million, 1,000-room downtown headquarters hotel should be developed and financed. A report is due by year's end.

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to sell exclusive signage rights for the L.A. Convention Center to Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of the city's Staples Center and the company overseeing the LA Live development. The deal will net the city about $2 million a year over the next decade, as well as a share in advertising profits. The move also could allow for dozens of billboards and displays on the public facility.

Dolce Hotels & Resorts, formerly Dolce International, broke ground on the $70 million, 225-room Dolce Munich, to open in April 2010. The hotel will feature 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a meetings concierge and a full-service restaurant.