September 22, 2004

Three possible designs for a 100,000-square-foot, $42 million conference center were presented to the Vail (Colo.) Town Council yesterday. Construction on the facility, which is being designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects, will begin sometime next year. The center should open by October 2006.

The Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau last week announced a 56 percent increase in bookings at the Cinergy Center for 2004. The upswing reverses a three-year slide in convention business. "It's not a coincidence that bookings at the Cinergy Center are rising just as the first phase of construction concludes," said Alan Welsh, president and CEO of the GCCVB. "We have the right product to sell, our sales department is fully staffed and the entire CVB is focused on selling the new center."

New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center unveiled a show managers' website on Monday that will provide a secure site for each major show. Each show manager can access everything from space rates to the most current exhibitor list from the center's website.