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Visitors bureau wants more money for Raleigh Convention Center

Posted August 8, 2010 10:42 p.m. EDT
Updated August 9, 2010 4:46 p.m. EDT

— The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to ask county and city leaders to double the Raleigh Convention Center's budget to $750,000, according to a Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda document.

The convention center's financing contract is expected to be discussed Monday at the commissioners meeting.

The bureau said the extra money would help attract 20 more conventions to downtown Raleigh every year and help continue offering discounts and deals to groups.

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Tony Gurley said Sunday that he understands the need to discuss the convention center's finances as trade shows and conventions are often booked years in advance. The convention center's current contract runs to 2012.

The $220 million convention center is funded through hotel and restaurant taxes.