Convention business necessary?


Without a big hotel near the convention center, Portland considers how to attract business.

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Following scrapped plans for a convention center hotel, Portland’s status as a convention capital – which supporters argue would drive tourism revenue – is debated.

The Oregon Convention Center’s No. 1 job is to attract national conventions. The out-of-town attendees, as the theory goes, spur the regional economy by importing spending at restaurants and retail shops.

Tourism boosters say the city will continue to lose out-of-town conventions as long as it lacks a large hotel next door to the convention center. Meeting planners, they say, prefer big hotels next door to convention centers to save on travel time.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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