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Columbus Considering Hotel, Conference Center Study

Columbus town square

Columbus tourism officials say they’ve begun looking for a space to replace the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. (WTIU/WFIU News)

Just weeks after demolition of Columbus’s Clarion Hotel, city officials are beginning to look at new options to replace the former hotel and conference center.

City tourism officials say the closed Clarion Hotel and Conference Center had an impact of between $9 and $10 million per year.

Executive Director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center Karen Niverson says researching prospects for a future hotel and conference center is important.

“If you bring a conference hotel into an environment like that we feel like it’s a very marketable property and we also think that by adding a conference hotel to our downtown core … we’re going to have the greatest economic impact that a conference hotel can bring,” she says.

Niverson says her team and members of the community are now focusing on how to articulate the community’s needs for a downtown conference center.

She says local businesses, corporations, and individuals utilized the Clarion’s meeting space, and hopes a new center can be developed.

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