On Monday, about 500 Indianapolis-area
hospitality workers rallied inside the Indiana Statehouse to urge
legislators to fund an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
In a piece of political theater staged by the Indianapolis
Convention & Visitor Association, chefs, doormen, maids and
front desk personnel -- all in uniform -- chanted "Fund it now!"
Recently, a bill to pay for the expansion failed to get a hearing
in the Indiana House of Representatives. "We need to expand in
order to retain our largest clients and attract new business," said
an ICVA spokesperson.
Oakland, Calif.'s city council will be voting in June
on whether to close the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, the city
administrator announced last week. The possibility is one of
several avenues being considered to heal the city's financial debt,
but several council members already see the venue as a formidable
burden. The center costs more than $1 million a year to operate and
only generates between $500,000 and $600,000 in annual revenue.
Manette Belliveau, executive director of the Oakland Convention
& Visitors Bureau, noted the venue is not the city's primary
convention facility and functions chiefly as the smaller of two
local event venues. "However," she said, "we certainly would hate
to see a public facility close, especially one with the history of
the Kaiser Center."
Voters in the city of Beverly Hills have approved
plans for a new luxury property one block north of Wilshire
Boulevard. The 214-room Montage Hotel will offer a
19,700-square-foot spa and 9,630 square feet of meeting space. Also
bundled into the package will be a 24,000-square-foot plot of
city-owned retail, restaurant and commercial space; 33,000 square
feet of public gardens and a 1,172-car parking garage. No opening
date has been set.
The 2,126-room Tropicana Casino & Resort in
Atlantic City announced the implementation of a dress code for
guests visiting The Quarter, the property's $280 million
entertainment area that opened in November. The dress code is
effective weekends and holidays after 11:00 p.m. Guests are
instructed not to wear "baggy jeans, work-style boots or shoes,
T-shirts, inappropriate athletic gear and other clothing deemed
inappropriate," a Tropicana press release stated. The ban does not
apply to the property's casino areas.