Industry News: IMEX Cancels Frankfurt Trade Exhibition, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Announces a New Texas Property, Washington's 52nd Annual Meridian Ball, and More

NATIONAL: Wednesday night, President Trump addressed the nation announcing most visitors from continental Europe would be blocked from entering the United States and vowed emergency aid to workers and small businesses as the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Trump declared he would halt travelers from Europe other than Britain for 30 days.

CHICAGO: From March 12-13, Irish whiskey brand Tullamore D.E.W. will take over Union Station to host its O'Everyone pop-up Irish pub in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Guests can expect samples of Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey, as well as a custom T-shirt station for a personalized takeaway.

COLUMBUS, OHIO: In the wake of the Nashville, Tennessee, tornado disasters, the Greater Columbus Convention Center has donated more than 2,000 meals that were intended for the city's Arnold Sports Festival—which was canceled due to growing COVID-19 concerns—to first responders in Nashville.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced a new 232-room property set to open its doors in Fort Worth in spring 2021. The boutique hotel will take over the historic XTO Energy Headquarters building, which was originally built in 1921 as the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank. Notable features will include 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a two-story grand ballroom, an on-site Italian restaurant, and a Penthouse Sky Bar. 

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: IMEX in Frankfurt has been canceled due to a German ban on events with more than 1,000 people. The global business event-industry show was slated to take place May 12-14. 

LOS ANGELES: The Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2020 Los Angeles dinner will take place March 28 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The first event since the opening of the HRC's new L.A. office, the gathering will honor Janelle Monáe and Dan Levy.

After 21 years in business, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s Lucques restaurant will close on May 6.

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WASHINGTON: At today's State of the States address being held at the National Press Club, National Governors Association chair and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will host and address issues such as how governors are responding to COVID-19.

The 52nd annual Meridian Ball will take over the Meridian International Center on October 23. Chaired by Katherine Vernot-Jonas and Richard Jonas, and Mary and John Walsh, the black-tie benefit will be preceded by the Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 22.

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Beth Kormanik and Michele Laufik in New York.

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