PBC commissioners approve incentive package to boost convention center business

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $300,000 incentive package designed to help boost business at the convention center in downtown West Palm Beach and the hotels that surround it.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The package appeared on the commission’s consent agenda, where it was bunched with other items that can be approved together without discussion.

The incentive money will be used to reimburse convention, tradeshow and meeting planners for certain expenses, if they agree to hold their event at the county’s convention center in downtown West Palm Beach.

The move comes as the Hilton prepares to open its long-awaited hotel next to Palm Beach County’s convention center.

The 12-story, 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which has a walkway linking it to the convention center on Okeechobee Boulevard, is set to welcome its first guests on Friday.

The convention center opened in 2003 but has struggled without a connected hotel to house conference attendees.

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