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Loews Hotels & Co announces new Kansas City convention center hotel

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The partnership announced a grand opening in 2020 with construction to begin in the fall of 2017. (KC Hotel Developers) The partnership announced a grand opening in 2020 with construction to begin in the fall of 2017. (KC Hotel Developers)
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A new convention hotel has been in the works for the downtown Kansas City area for some time.

While that remains true, the developer has changed.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation had been in discussions with the city to create a new 800 room convention hotel across the street from the Kansas City Convention Center but, on Wednesday, Loews Hotels & Co and KC Hotel Developers LLC announced a partnership to build a new Loews Kansas City Convention Hotel.

The partnership announced a grand opening in 2020 with construction to begin in the fall of 2017.

The new hotel will showcase 800 guestrooms, a lobby bar, signature restaurant, three meal restaurants, indoor lap pool and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center with a new connector bridge.

The hotel will also be within walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 

“Adding to our hotel landscape with a new convention center hotel is very exciting for Kansas City,” said Sly James, Mayor Kansas City, MO. “To be able to leverage the Loews Hotels’ reputation and that of its chairman, Jonathan Tisch -- one of the biggest advocates for the travel and tourism industry -- is an added bonus for our entire destination.” 

Officials say the hotel is expected to create approximately 2,000 new jobs, including 1,400 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs.   

“We are excited to have Loews Hotels as our partner in every aspect of the KC Convention Hotel project,” said Mike Burke, principal at KC Hotel Developers LLC. “Loews is known for expertly operating large group hotels with 4-star-plus quality that are tailored to the individual markets, for creating a great work environment for their employees and for being very involved in the communities where they operate. We have been impressed by the commitment of Loews’ senior management to Kansas City and to this partnership.” 

Welcoming guests for nearly six decades, Loews Hotels has become a leader in distinctive properties that cater to groups, business, leisure, and family travelers in key urban and resort destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

“At Loews, we carefully and deliberately choose which markets to enter and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to add to our Midwest footprint with the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel,” said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. “Kansas City is a vibrant destination and we look forward to investing in and becoming an active part of the community.”

“Kansas City has serious momentum. In addition to a remarkable arts and culture renaissance, our city is also experiencing healthy gains in visitor traffic and hotel demand, proving the time is right for this project,” said Ronnie Burt, President & CEO, Visit KC. “This new hotel offering will enable us to continue raising the bar in Downtown Kansas City as we elevate the Kansas City convention and visitor experience. We’re privileged to have a partner of the caliber of Loews Hotels on board, as they are a proven leader in the meetings and conventions landscape.” 

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