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New Convention Center Hotel in jeopardy

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - The City of Wilmington has received word that the latest potential developer for a convention center hotel is being stymied from making a deal by the nation’s economic downturn.

After the city requested that the John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts company begin negotiations for a formal agreement on the hotel, the Hammons company responded with a letter citing economic conditions and prior financial commitments as reasons for not proceeding.

In the coming weeks, the city will assess the situation and provide a recommendation to City Council about next steps.

The Wilmington Convention Center is scheduled to open this November. The construction and operation of the convention center is funded by a specially designated 3 percent hotel room tax.

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