This whole trying to rebrand St. Louis by making it attractive to the affluent, tourists and conventions is blowing up in their faces. Can’t bank on the tourism industry anymore. Hotels are suffering. Restaurants are suffering. Professional sports and other attractions are suffering. Entertainment is suffering. Giants like Uber and AirBnB have been rendered impotent overnight. It may take years for the tourism industry to recover.
Convention center expansion on hold as St. Louis officials worry about debt
But leaders at the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission warned that more delay would exacerbate a cash crunch growing in severity at the tourism office, which is funded largely