After boom in downtown hotels, KC banks on booking events

When Kansas City was eliminated from contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, some chalked it up to a lack of hotel rooms in the city. Partially motivated by that Republican rebuff, Kansas City officials have pushed hotel construction efforts in recent years — highlighted by the Loews Kansas City, a $325 million downtown convention hotel that broke ground in February.

But as Kansas City builds up its hotel inventory, the question remains: will the conventions and events come?

Fifteen new hotels are slated to open in and around downtown Kansas City by 2020. Five of those properties, with more than 450 rooms, have opened or will open in 2018 alone.

That same area has seen one to three hotels open every year since 2012, according to Visit KC. The market will soon be flooded with rooms.

Now, local officials hope the city can lure big events to generate revenue after all the investment in hotels.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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