Sep 20, 2016 1:43 AM GMT
Answer: The closest tRump will ever get to the White House.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-trump-hotel-washington-dc-20160919-story.htmlTrump name seen as stigma for new D.C. hotel
About 150 conference goers arrived at the Trump International Hotel Washington, District of Columbia, on Tuesday, the day after it opened, for an annual meeting of the National Confectioners Association.
But nobody wanted to talk about it.
"Nope," said three representatives at the CandyPAC table when approached by a reporter. "Not interested," added two women sitting outside the hotel's presidential ballroom.
More than a dozen attendees turned down requests for an interview. The only one who agreed, a man from Montana, declined to give his name.
...meeting planners and industry insiders say, the name — and the property's association with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — is likely to be the largest sticking point for the 263-room hotel, which opened to the public Monday.
"This hotel is the new shiny penny in Washington — the only problem is that Donald Trump has his name on it," said Chryssa Zizos, president and chief executive of Live Wire Media Relations, whose clients include the Carlyle Group and Raytheon.
Zizos said none of her clients have yet booked events at the hotel, even though the months leading up to an opening are often the best time to snag low rates and coveted dates. Instead, she said, corporations, educational institutions and financial firms are opting for other high-end haunts in the District: the Hay-Adams, Jefferson and Ritz-Carlton.
...Trump hotels across the country appear to have taken a hit since Trump launched his presidential campaign last summer. Bookings at his hotels were down 59 percent during the first half of 2016, according to the travel site Hipmunk. Among the hardest hit was the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, which is offering nightly rates of $159 on the discount site Groupon.
Any group that's concerned that attendees would be offended by the Trump name is not going to take the risk,"...