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COVID-19 Expected to Hurt Columbus Convention Business into 2021

More than $74 million in spending has been lost since the outbreak

Experience Columbus expects coronavirus-related downturns in convention and related businesses to continue into 2021. Since the outbreak, 37 groups have canceled events in Columbus that would have meant 86,000 room nights and $74 million in spending, the group said Wednesday.

Don’t bet on a quick rebound in the region’s travel and tourism business that, like so much of the rest of the economy, has been hammered by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Large meetings probably won’t be back to a regular occurrence until the second quarter of next year,” Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus, told the group’s board Wednesday. “I hope I’m wrong.”

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