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Destination Phoenix Showcases New Convention Center Expansion and Downtown Hotel Plans at Gala Washington DC Event


PHOENIX: There is plenty of economic news coming

from Arizona's capital city as the nation's 5th largest city introduces some

amazing economic development plans for the visitor industry.  Phoenix

officials are traveling to Washington D.C. this week to showcase approved

plans for building one of the newest, most modern, high tech convention

centers to be ever developed in the U.S.  There are also plans for a new full

service downtown hotel.

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Phoenix recently approved a $600 million convention center expansion

project along with a 1,000 room new Sheraton Hotel, all to be located in

downtown's vibrant Copper Square.  The new convention center will feature more

than 900,000 sq. feet of rentable space and will accommodate 85% of all

conventions.  The Washington DC event will showcase Phoenix as the premier

meetings destination.  Visit www.phx2006.com for additional Phoenix Convention

Center expansion information.

    Celebrating the DC announcement will be a gala southwestern style

reception featuring Phoenix' regional food, refreshment and music, hosted by

Destination Phoenix, on Thursday, Sept 30, 2004, in Union Station.  Guests

attending from the Arizona Congressional Delegation include Senator John

McCain, Congressmen Ed Pastor and Congressman J.D. Hayworth.  Over 300 key

meeting and event planners, the business and government community, and media

have been invited to the event.

    Phoenix is now the 5th largest city in the U.S. and is a premier leisure

and meetings destination with over 200 golf courses, 335,000 square feet of

spas, a diverse culinary scene, and a rich cultural haven.  Phoenix will be

hosting the 2008 Super Bowl and boasts Spring Training baseball as a major

attraction each March.  The Greater Phoenix area attracts over 13 million

visitors each year, offers 1,300 flights out of Sky Harbor International

Airport, and boasts over 50,000 hotel rooms.  Visit www.visitphoenix.com for

additional destination information.