The new bond-financed convention center hotel under construction in downtown Dallas has almost met its booking goals for the first years of operation.

The new 1,000-room hotel is also bringing more business to the convention center near the hotel, Assistant city manager A.C. ­Gonzalez told a City Council panel last week. There are 18 conventions booked for 2012 and 19 in 2013, he said, up from the recent average of 14 per year.

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