Reply To: What happened the National Conference Centre?
Almost no large conference & convention facilities manage to cover their operating costs, let alone their capital costs.
That is why many US cities impose taxes on airport users, most of whom never use the facility, to fund them and with many of the taxed having no votes locally. Remind me, was it not the US that revolted against taxation without representation!
There are also big questions about convention business in terms of its impact on sustainable development, traffic congestion in city centres. Other benefits are invariably over hyped ( the Jobs, Bednights etc).
Perhaps the National Spatial Strategy will find a home for it.