Friday, April 03, 2020
NEWSFLASH!!! CORONAVIRUS HURTS KANSAS CITY CONVENTION BIZ!!!
At the outset of this pandemic KICK-ASS TKC INSIDERS warned us that the upcoming KCMO convention hotel would suffer a delay. About a week later that tragic fact was confirmed.
Now here's a roundup of the continued COVID-19 damage to cowtown hospitality:
"The coronavirus pandemic continues to exact its damaging toll on Kansas City’s convention and hotel business, responsible now for 45 canceled conventions and meetings.
"The cancellations represent 108,906 lost room nights in Kansas City area hotels, according to Visit KC, the convention and visitors bureau for the region. Those lost room nights from cancellations would equal nearly 30% of the 364,764 room nights booked in 2019 for meetings in Kansas City, according to Visit KC’s 2019 annual report.
"The estimated economic impact is $90.3 million."
Even worse, it's unlikely that things will ever go back to "normal" after the pandemic lockdown.
New York Post: Forget about returning to jobs as usual after coronavirus
The adoption of teleconferencing along with cutbacks and continued public health concerns seems to have completely transformed how the nation views everyday life. Accordingly, the tourism industry will undoubtedly experience continued upheaval.
Developing . . .