Wednesday, June 23, 2021

DC luxury hotel managers optimistic about post-pandemic future

Luxury hotel managers in the nation’s capital are optimistic that the hospitality industry here will rebound quickly as restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 are lifted.

Right now, most businesses in D.C. are no longer operating under any constraints, a welcome change for hotels that saw occupancy levels — and revenues — drop by as much as 80% in 2020. And then there are the 27 hotels that closed for a portion of last year and the nine that closed permanently, according to Destination DC, the District’s official tourism marketing organization. That included some big names such as the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Two main themes emerged as managers discussed plans for making a comeback. One is innovation and the other is improving the leisure experience.

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