One of the things that I was unaware of until I saw it was the fact that conventions centers and trade show facilities actually need to be upgraded or made better, and as a result are Under construction. The Pardon Our Dust signs need to be put out and the facility is given an upgrade or a facelift. This was the case when I was out in Hawaii as well. In fact one of the things I really wanted to do was visit the Prince. Not the Prince like the Cinderella guy but the beautiful Princeville Resort. The problem with visiting the resort was, closed for renovation. Wow. I can’t even imagine the amount of money that is being lost to being closed. Yes, this is a perfect time to be closed for renovations as the economy is down and the visitor rates are down anyway, but this is a setback for a large number of people out there.
The other facility I visited was the Sheraton and I have a more in depth look at the Sheraton on Oahu and will be providing a full on review of that center. They had the construction going on at the same time as guests and events were occurring. I was interested in what construction was being done on Princeville but was unable to get out to see them. I guess I am just going to have to go back and see it after the fact.
I saw the final result of what happened with the Peppermill in Reno and they did a great job, and I was in the midst of seeing what was going on with the Sheraton. Each facility is upgrading to newer and better but they have to take a hit in revenue until they get to that next level. Construction costs are probably high enough but the revenue missed for having that construction take place is even higher. Granted Princeville’s meeting facilities only have room for about 500 people but I’m sure those facilities are often booked months in advance. make sure you ask about any construction going on when planning your event. You may not like the idea of a jackhammer going on during your wedding vows.