Convention Center Hotel

Cary Silverman’s blog has renderings and details of the planned Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel.

ORANGE=Convention Center Hotel; RED=Square 450; BLUE=Square 451; GREEN=Old Convention Center

The headquarters hotel is a long overdue complement to the convention center. A 2007 WaPo article sums up the importance:

The D.C. Convention and Tourism Corp. argues that the lack of an adequate headquarters hotel has cost it 29 potential clients representing $250.3 million worth of convention business for bookings from 2006 to 2015. The largest of those conventions was the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which had considered holding its 2009 annual meeting in the District. That convention would have represented $33.2 million worth of delegate spending, according to the D.C. tourism corporation.

“A fundamental requirement is having a convention center hotel with a sizeable room-block agreement in place,” Abdo said. “How do I get a room-block agreement with individual, fragmented hotel owners, okay? That is not something that is possible, that is not going to be in their underwriting, that is not going to be in their financing, that is not something they are going to want any level of restriction on.”

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