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NYC’s biggest convention center plan may be a decade too late

Skift Take

Air travel to come to these giant events is bad enough, then hotel prices always shoot up in the vicinity. Plus technology has obviated the need for such large conventions.

— Rafat Ali

Early this year, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans for the construction of the nation’s biggest convention center (plus casino/hotel) in the NYC borough of Queens…to make New York a raging hub of convention tourism and help it grab a larger slice of the $907 billion American-meetings-industry pie.

But data from the last decade indicate that large conventions are on the wane. Also, many trade-show organizers insist they will take their shows out of New York before going to Queens.

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