City commissioners in Augusta, Ga.,
voted last week to build a Trade, Exhibit and Events Center with
40,000 square feet of meeting space next to, and operated by, the
existing 374-room Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, which
currently has 45,000 square feet of meeting space. To cover ongoing
operating costs of the center, a $1-per-night tax will be added to
all hotel bills in the city. The Augusta Convention and Visitors
Bureau expects construction to begin in about a year.
The Santa Clara (Calif.) Convention
Center's 24,000-square-foot ballroom expansion, which was approved
by city officials back in 2004, will finally break ground on Sept.
24. The estimated cost of the project has increased to $37 million,
due to additional enhancements to the on-site catering facilities
as well as higher construction costs. The expansion is slated to
open in March 2009.