by Stephanie Crosby
Many conventions that were scheduled to be held at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel are now looking for a new location, and local tourism officials are hoping they choose the Louisville.
Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman says their sales staff is working with convention managers to see if the Exposition Center can fit the needs of their convention.
“We did the same thing when Katrina hit New Orleans, we were very successful in fact,” says Workman, “and we think we will be on this occasion. It’s unfortunate that this has happened; we wouldn’t want it to happen in Louisville, of course. But someone is going to house those conventions, and host those, and we think Louisville is the right place for them, particularly if they want to be in this part of the country, they might as well be here.”
Workman addressed a committee of the Metro Council this afternoon. He says negotiations for a new owner of the Kentucky Kingdom property are progressing very slowly, and he doesn’t think the park will be open this year.