Group Recommends Expanding Boston Convention Center, Hotel Inventory

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Boston, MA – A Massachusetts state government working group recommended expanding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, but not until new hotel space to serve the facility has been planned.

The 27-member panel, which was appointed by the governor, state legislature and the mayor of Boston, said an unspecified amount of exhibit and multi-purpose space should be added to the south or east side of the 7-year-old facility to accommodate trade shows and other events it currently cannot book.

The working group said the first step in the project should be nailing down plans to develop a second headquarters hotel with 1,000-2,000 rooms.

The group also stated the issue of financing for the new construction was beyond its scope and should be addressed by forming a joint House-Senate committee.

Reach James Rooney, president of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and co-chair of the working group, at (617) 954-2470 or jrooney@massconvention.com