Our convention has really grown over the past four or five years. Since 1997, it has just exploded. We think we're going to continue to grow, so we need to be able to grow into the convention center we select.
A great example is with the interactive labs. In 1995, when Denver was chosen, for 2003, we didn't have interactive labs, so we weren't looking for that when we inspected the site. Now, we have 22 and have to be creative in fitting them into the convention center.
Our main focus for the convention is continuing education. We need a convention center with 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60 meeting rooms, and a ballroom capable of seating 3,500 people, theater style.
Hotels are the second priority. We need 3,000 to 3,500 rooms on Saturday, when most of our attendees are there. We want them in close proximity to the convention center when possible, because it reduces the need for shuttle busing.
Third is marketability of the city itself as a destination. What plays into that is accessibility, affordability, entertainment, and dining.
We want a family-friendly location where there are lots of things for the kids and spouses to do.