Convention Centers: A Cautionary Tale of Supply and Demand
Via Jack Bog I found this very interesting article about the glut of new convention space and the lack of any new demand for said space. Yes there was a crash of attendance with the housing bust but in general since 2000 there has not been much new demand.
The question for convention center hotel advocates is, I suppose, does Portland have a comparative advantage in the convention business? What makes planners confident that conventions will come and fill up those hotel beds?