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Old 04-12-2015, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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they havenít been turning up much. For fiscal year 2014, the World Congress Center saw just 390,870 convention and trade show attendees. Thatís down 17 percent from the previous year, and less than half the 807,000 attendees the center saw in 2007. Itís even far less convention business than the 601,000 attendees the center saw in 1989 ó and that was two expansions ago

PriceWaterhouseCoopers produced a ďmarket analysisĒ in October 1996 that forecast that after the latest center expansion, completed in 2002, the World Congress Center would see 1.4 to 1.5 million convention and tradeshow attendees a year. Didnít quite work out that way.
And? The reality is occupancy rates & revenue per room figures are up dramatically at our over 96,000 hotel rooms in the metro. This is particularly true Downtown, where new boutique hotels continue to come online.

Not sure what your point/agenda is, but it's unwise to minimalize the importance of this industry here.
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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I ran across a documentary about the Atlanta Olympics today and it was a kind of amazing little time capsule of the games. I was a kid at the time and mostly unfamiliar with Atlanta, so it was really cool to see what the city was like back then, and some of the history that was made here.

It made me wonder if they could find a new home for the cauldron in the park. People wanting to visit relics of Atlanta's Olympic legacy go to the park to do it, not Turner Field, and the scaffolding-like podium it's always sat on is kind of sad.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:05 PM
 
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the Economy recovered 2, 2 and half years ago. Look at all the new buildings going up, the stock market is higher now than ever. the GWCC was/is overly optimistic.
The economy hasn't recovered to the level of 2007, and unnecessary things like tradeshows and travel/hotel charged to the employer have not fully rebounded. Attendance all over the country is still down, so it's not just Atlanta.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I ran across a documentary about the Atlanta Olympics today and it was a kind of amazing little time capsule of the games. I was a kid at the time and mostly unfamiliar with Atlanta, so it was really cool to see what the city was like back then, and some of the history that was made here.

It made me wonder if they could find a new home for the cauldron in the park. People wanting to visit relics of Atlanta's Olympic legacy go to the park to do it, not Turner Field, and the scaffolding-like podium it's always sat on is kind of sad.
Move to COP and have it span one of the roads over there.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:23 AM
 
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they havenít been turning up much. For fiscal year 2014, the World Congress Center saw just 390,870 convention and trade show attendees. Thatís down 17 percent from the previous year, and less than half the 807,000 attendees the center saw in 2007. Itís even far less convention business than the 601,000 attendees the center saw in 1989 ó and that was two expansions ago

PriceWaterhouseCoopers produced a ďmarket analysisĒ in October 1996 that forecast that after the latest center expansion, completed in 2002, the World Congress Center would see 1.4 to 1.5 million convention and tradeshow attendees a year. Didnít quite work out that way.
I didn't know the numbers had gone down that much.

There was an article in yesterday's AJC about how the GWCC's size helps it win conventions.

Atlantaís pitch in convention wars: Size matters
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:43 AM
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I'm seeing about $5 million in changes to the park in these renderings.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I'm seeing about $5 million in changes to the park in these renderings.
And them a bunch of road improvements.
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