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ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER SET FOR RENOVATION posted on: 16/7/2012 10:49:54
AMERICAS - Albuquerque Convention Center (ACC), in New Mexico, USA, is to undergo a US$20m renovation, with city leaders believing now is the time to invest.
The new £20m renovation will revamp the western section of the old Center, with huge windows, a prominent walkway and a completely new exterior and interior.
"Its a competitive world out there," says Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau's Dale Lockett . "We are constantly looking at where our competition is going and the re-investment in their product," he adds.
The city's Economic Development Director, John Garcia, says: "The market is still there, so its a great opportunity for us to sell a destination. We want people to come to Albuquerque, and take advantage of the culture, history and arts on offer."
Business owners are also backing the renovation. Steve Vatoseow of Lindy's Restaurant says: "During these hard economic times anything that will attract business to Albuquerque will benefit the city." Roy Johnson of Sumner and Dene Art Gallery adds: "The convention industry is a great benefit because it brings in money from outside the state."
The new construction at ACC is expected to start in March 2013.
AMERICAS - UK international conference and event producer Media 1 Productions has expanded its operations with the opening of a US office in Tucson, Arizona. The Stateside office will be managed by Executive Vice-President Dave Cole.
EUROPE - After a successful realignment of Congrex Switzerland in the past 12 months, following the collapse of the parent Congrex Group, the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has welcomed back Congrex Switzerland as a member.