Convention Wisdom

Seven Malanga has provided some numbers regarding convention center expansions around the country in two similar articles in the Wall Street Journal and the City Journal.

“America’s convention industry [is] suffering excess capacity … attracting just 86 million attendees in 2010, compared to 126 million in 2000. Meanwhile, the amount of convention space … has increased to 70 million square feet, up from 53 million in 2000.”

“Why did Minneapolis struggle to hit projected targets after it enlarged its convention center in 2002? ‘Other cities expanded right along with us,’ Minneapolis’s convention center director, Jeff Johnson, said.”

Thanks Steve.

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