- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Cobo Center officials say the convention center in downtown Detroit continues to see an increase in bookings for conferences and meetings.

The venue held 65 shows between June and August. Twenty-six shows were held there during the same period in 2013.

Three major trade shows also exceeded expected attendance this year by at least 25 percent.

Cobo general manager Thom Conners says Wednesday that new high-tech event spaces “are bringing excitement to the shows” and Detroit “has once again become a strong destination” for engineering, manufacturing, automotive and medical shows.

Cobo is home to the annual North American International Auto Show. A regional authority took control of Cobo from the city in 2009 and began renovations that included updating and expanding display space.

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