This year a mixed bag for convention center

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 8:29 AM
This year a mixed bag for convention center

Officials in Phoenix say this year has brought both good news and bad news for the Phoenix Convention Center.

The Arizona Republic reports that a recent convention for comic-book and science-fiction fans and the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game will help give the convention center's revenue a lift.

But convention center operators say future bookings are down and believe the recession and controversy over the state's immigration enforcement law have cast a long shadow on convention business.

Three national organizations canceled their reservations for the convention center last year over concerns about their members' reaction to the law.

A year later, Phoenix officials continue to believe the controversy has lost them business that may take years to regain.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com