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Kentucky International Convention Center Expansion Underway


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Louisville’s downtown convention center has closed as its $207 million expansion and renovation begins.

The project will expand exhibit hall and ballroom space in the Kentucky International Convention Center’s existing footprint. Studies show that the additional convention space, along with more than 1,500 new hotel rooms, is likely to attract up to 25 percent more convention business when the project is completed in summer 2018.

The expansion is one aspect of Louisville’s current transformation. Some $1 billion is being invested in projects including a 600-room Omni Louisville Hotel, more bourbon distilleries and attractions and other projects.

Louisville’s largest convention venue, the Kentucky Exposition Center, adjacent to the airport, is open for business as the downtown convention center is expanded.