Tag Archives: Austin Convention Center

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor sees collective effort in revitalizing east downtown

Just before the new year, Mayor Steve Adler wrote a lengthy post on the City Council Message Board, titled: “Possible solution to downtown puzzle.”He later said it wasn’t so much a puzzle, but that there were a lot of pieces…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotel business – and HOT revenue – would accelerate with convention center expansion

The biggest number looming over the Visitor Impact Task Force is fairly easy to grasp: The city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax generated more than $90 million in revenue in 2016, with double-digit growth expected well into the future.It’s the many other…

Monday, September 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Visitors bureau budget cut, but still up $1 million

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo won a round Thursday in her battle to use more of Austin’s tourism dollars to promote Austin’s heritage. City Council cut the tourism promotion budget of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau by approximately $1…

Friday, August 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Does Austin need a bigger convention center?

City leaders are considering a plan to expand the Austin Convention Center, but some question how much the entire city would benefit from the project.The convention industry is sort of like an invisible arms race among cities. Who can build…

Monday, August 22, 2016 by Cate Malek

Task force to investigate HOT tax spending

City Council will spend the coming weeks looking into whether Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (or HOT tax) should continue to be used only for tourism, or if there are better uses for the rapidly growing tax revenue.At their meeting on…

Monday, February 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Corrected: Homes could thwart convention center project

On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission heard a proposal that could move three of downtown Austin’s oldest homes to make way for development surrounding its largest hotel.Doug Manchester from the Manchester Texas Financial Group presented his plan to move two,…

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Houston, Casar balk at larger Convention Center

The City Council Economic Opportunity Committee rejected a chance to weigh in on the expansion of the Convention Center Monday, with Council Members Ora Houston and Greg Casar saying they were not ready to recommend the consultant’s long-range master plan.…

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Plans for expanded Convention Center laid out for Council committee

As design consultants laid out the plans for an expanded Austin Convention Center to members of the Economic Opportunity Committee on Monday, they emphasized the inability of the current center to accommodate a growing city with a growing roster of…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City staff calls for Convention Center expansion

A memo from City of Austin Real Estate Services Officer Lauraine Rizer to Austin City Council members and Mayor Lee Leffingwell notes that there is “solid evidence for the need to expand the Convention Center.” And to do it, Rizer…

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