The new waterfront Darwin Convention
Centre in northern Australia will host its first trade show this
weekend. An official opening for the center is scheduled for June,
and the International Association of Women Police will hold the
building's first international convention in September. The center
offers a 43,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 5,400-square-foot
ballroom, four meeting rooms and a 1,500-seat auditorium. Operated
by AEG Ogden, the building is the centerpiece of the Darwin
Waterfront redevelopment project, which is turning the former
industrial site into a business and entertainment district with two
120-room hotels, parks, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The Indiana Stadium and Convention
Building Authority has revealed its timeline for demolishing the
RCA Dome adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
and beginning work on the center's expansion. "Maintaining a safe
work environment and assuring that the convention center will
continue to be used during the demolition and new construction are
among our highest priorities," said David R. Frick, ISCBA board
chairman, in a statement. Demolition will begin in May and should
take five months to complete. Construction of new meeting rooms
will begin in the summer, with the expansion due to open in 2010.
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association expects
disruptions to groups in the convention center will be minimal.