Behind the scenes they're already talking about a KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL GRAND OPENING RESCHEDULE depending on how long this crisis lasts.
Let's not forget that critics within our blog community questioned the wisdom of putting so much taxpayer cash into a convention hotel with the future of work in America seems to be by way of telecommuting and virtual networking.
Here's confirmation of the planned opening so far . . .
A spokesperson for Loews Hotels confirmed to 41 Action News the new 23-story hotel at 16th and Wyandotte streets will open on April 2, 2020.
Accordingly . . .
COVID-19 PANDEMIC FALLOUT THREATENS TO PUSH BACK THE OPENING DATE OF THE KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL!!!
We're already getting some push back to the mere mention of this behind the scenes chatter but let's not forget that HOTEL CONSTRUCTION WAS DELAYED PREVIOUSLY DUE TO LEGAL WRANGLING WITH VOTERS . . . The consideration of a brief postponement wouldn't be a first time setback to the hotel.
The reality is that the impact to the industry will linger well beyond this crisis.
Let's not forget in all of this that the Downtown Convention Hotel is already losing BIG BUCKS . . .
"The project has incurred $7 million in cost overruns. Those figures were disclosed at a meeting of the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City. Officials claim, the increased costs are the responsibility of the hotel developers, not taxpayers."
Now, in the aftermath of Prez Trump's travel crackdown and event cancellations across the nation - A great many jobs and City Hall cash depends on a successful launch during these troubled times and it's unclear if the present date will allow as the kind of grand opening that so many locals wanted.
Accordingly, here's the big picture round-up on the topic of travel, airplane and enterianment troubles from Kansas City and beyond . . .
PREZ TRUMP EUROPEAN VACATION CRACKDOWN!!!
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will be suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days starting Friday at midnight in an effort to quell the spread of coronavirus. His address from the Oval Office comes hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic and the number of confirmed cases in the U.S.
Costly American Impact
The U.S. travel and tourism industry could lose at least $24 billion in foreign spending this year because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, according to data produced by Tourism Economics and first seen by CNBC. That would be equivalent to about seven times more than the industry lost during the SARS outbreak in 2003, according to the data.
The NBA announced that it has suspended its season until further notice after the completion of Wednesday night's games after a member of the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Air Travel Tests
Federally funded tests conducted by scientists from several major institutions indicated that the novel form of coronavirus behind a worldwide outbreak can survive in the air for several hours.
Classic Fashion Hottie Takes Stylish Precautions
(CNN) - Naomi Campbell has long been an advocate of staying germ-free while traveling. The supermodel even posted a video of her intense pre-flight ritual, which involved wiping down everything close to her airplane seat with Dettol anti-bacterial wipes, last year.
Hollywood Stars Test Positive
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus, the actor said on Twitter. Hanks wrote that he and Wilson are in Australia. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," he said.
Social Media Suffers
Major Travel Influencers Say They're Losing Income And Are Being Forced To Stay In One Place Due To Coronavirus Precautions
Popular travel influencers say the fears and spread of COVID-19 around the world has impacted their daily lives and bottom lines. One person reported that her income last month was cut in half. BuzzFeed News heard from a handful of influencers with followings that range from a few hundred thousand to millions, who say everything has been indefinitely put on hold.
Hopefully, we'll have more local news and all manner of info along with, possibly a few jokes, political talk and more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!