Apprentice Personnel helps connect thousands of hotel employees with jobs each year. That’s why we’re exciting to share some good news for the hospitality industry.
First, there’s a new $20 million hotel project coming to downtown Kansas City.
As reported by the Kansas City Business Journal’s Rob Roberts, the Kansas City Council unanimously approved plans by Sunflower Development Group to build the 114-room Home2 Suites by Hilton extended-stay hotel on a 1.2-acre site on the southeast corner of 20th and Main streets.
If all goes as planned, construction will begin by the end of the year, with opening to follow 12 months after that.
The new Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel will be along the city’s new downtown streetcar line.
Sunflower is developing the project along with Overland Park-based True North Hotel Group.
The Business Journal said the site will be developed with three L-shaped floors of elevated hotel space — including rooms, lobby and indoor pool — covering a ground floor of surface parking.
In the other good news, Visit KC has announced four major pieces of convention business in coming years that could generate more than $17 million for the area economy.
As reported in the Kansas City Star, the conventions are:
▪ The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, which will hold its national meeting in 2021, with about 4,500 attendees projected.
▪ The Mothers of Preschoolers International, which will return to the city in 2017, bringing about 3,500 attendees.
▪ The American Public Works Association, which chose Kansas City for its 2018 “International Public Works Congress & Expo,” which should draw about 5,000 members.
▪ Quilts Inc., which selected Kansas City for its 2019 “International Spring Quilt Market.” The event is expected to attract about 7,000 visitors, the convention organization said.
All of these conference will be held in the yet-to-be-built 800-room Hyatt hotel near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The hotel is expected to open by mid-2018.
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