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Loews Hotel breaks ground for convention center hotel

Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 13:00:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Promising to create 600 jobs in downtown Kansas City, Loews Hotel officials and Mayor Sly James broke ground Thursday for the new convention center hotel. 

Jonathan Tisch is the Chairman and CEO for Loews Hotels. He says it's been a year long process to get to this day.  

The company's upscale hotels are in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and Boston. 

The city invested millions of dollars in this plan. The hotel would be connected to the convention center and provide addition meeting spaces in the hotel. 

"For a small company, this is a big commitment for us," Tisch said. "This is an emotional commitment, we will be spending a lot of time here, I will personally, its a financial commitment, its a commitment to the city of Kansas City, the people of Kansas City, we will provide good jobs to those who find jobs at the Loews hotel of Kansas City."

 Expected to open in the spring of 2020, Tisch wants people living in Kansas City to know that this hotel will bring more people to the city, ultimately benefiting its residents. 

"No matter what you do in Kansas City, you will benefit by having visitors come to town, millions of people who will spread their dollars to the Kansas City economy, that is why travel and tourism is so important, to all the 400 plus congressional districts in the United States."