- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A study commissioned by Travel Lane County concludes a new or expanded convention center in Eugene-Springfield would have trouble competing for national conventions and would be a moderate draw for state and regional ones.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/jM9pif) the found that Eugene has some attractive aspects, but also drawbacks. A major one is the scant and expensive air service.

One event planner quoted in the study said: “We go to Vegas, Portland or San Francisco. Bigger cities closer to airports and easy in and out.”

According to the study, the ideal new convention center would have 50,000 to 55,000 square feet of space. It highlighted the possibility of expanding the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center in downtown Eugene.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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