Friday, May 01, 2009

"Dallas doesn't need a convention center hotel downtown."

"Dallas is noticeably behind the competition without an attached convention center hotel," writes David Holl. He should know, as president and CEO of Mary Kay Inc., he brings 30,000-50,000 conventioneers to Dallas each summer.

"Cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix and San Diego all have or will have an attached convention center hotel.

Even in Texas, the other large competitors, including Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio, already have an attached hotel. "Convention-goers bring millions of dollars in direct spending to our economy. Those dollars obviously benefit our city, taxpayers and other businesses."

In its editorial, The Dallas Morning News adds that voting for Prop. 1 "would cost Dallas and North Texas millions in convention-related business."