The restored Oratory re-opened at a very good time. Downtown is really booming, even in spite of the downturn in the overall economy. The number of hotel room nights the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association booked in 2008 jumped 31.5 percent from 2007, which the association attributed to the allure of the city’s revitalized Downtown. This is according to the Kansas City Business Journal.
The association booked 438,521 hotel room nights in 2008, up from 333,346 in 2007.
“Our new Convention District — with the new Grand Ballroom, Sprint Center and the Power & Light District — has created renewed interest in our city, causing meeting planners who normally may not consider Kansas City to take a second look (and) ultimately book a meeting here,” association CEO Rick Hughes said in the release.
The association’s 2008 bookings included 332,483 hotel room nights for 41 meetings at the Kansas City Convention Center, the highest number since 1997.
Also, the new AMC Movie complex is about to open and the new Cosentino's Market has opened to excellent reviews and good size crowds of shoppers and diners. Restoration of downtown is moving easterly toward and eventually to surround Old St. Patrick. Soon, new residential units will be renovated and newly built. This all bodes well for the health of our new community. We should keep all this in our prayers.