CONVENTION CENTERS 12-8-2004
On Monday, officials with the Overland Park (Kan.) Convention
Center announced the 237,000-square-foot facility would turn a
profit in just its second year of operation. "Our pre-construction
market study showed a demand for a convention center facility,"
said Overland Park mayor Ed Eilert. "We are pleased to learn that
the Center is exceeding projected expectations and meeting needs of
companies and individuals." According to Global Spectrum, the
Philadelphia-based operators of the center, more than 360,000
people attended 490 events at the facility, generating more than
40,000 hotel room nights in the Overland Park area in 2004. For
2005, the center has 12 conventions booked with more than 70,000
room nights expected.