KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Loews Hotels & Co. and KC Hotel Developers LLC announced they have entered into a partnership to build the new Loews Kansas City (KC) Convention Center Hotel. Loews Hotels is a joint equity partner in this venture. Construction will begin later this year (2017) for a tentative grand opening in early 2020.

"Adding to our hotel landscape with a new convention center hotel is [a very exciting thing] for Kansas City," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. "To be able to leverage the Loews Hotels' reputation and that of its chairman, Jonathan Tisch—one of the biggest advocates for [the travel industry]--is an added bonus.”

Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel will showcase 800 guest rooms, a lobby bar, signature restaurant, three meal restaurant, indoor lap pool and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center with a new connector bridge. The hotel is also in walking distance the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center and the Kauffman Center.

"At Loews we carefully and deliberately choose which markets to enter and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to add to our Midwest footprint with the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel," said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. "Kansas City is a vibrant destination and we look forward to investing in and becoming an active part of the community."

Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel is expected to create approximately 2,000 new jobs for downtown Kansas City, including 1,400 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs.