By: Eric Convey
With a 1,000-bed field hospital for COVID-19 patients occupying its main hall, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is full for now, but numerous analyses suggest that once the hospital closes it will take the BCEC months or longer under a best-case medical scenario to resume its role as a major driver of Boston’s tourism economy.
Business travel will return slowly after COVID-19 begins to loosen its grip on the country, analysts said, and the large-group excursions that support the BCEC and the clusters of hotels that serve it will be among the last sectors of the economy to recover.
“If we all need six feet of separation, how do you do a ballroom? How do you a large plenary session?” asked Jan Freitag, a senior vice president at travel consultancy STR. His firm expects the travel business to return in…
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