Posts tagged with "Hotels"

The ‘Disneyland’ of football: NFL owners to invest $10M in Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio

October 22, 2019

The NFL will invest up to $10 million in a mixed-use development adjoining the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The league’s owners voted in favor of the investment in the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village—located in a 200-acre tourism development district—at their fall meeting this week, the Canton Repository reported.

This would mark the NFL’s first investment in the project—although former New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson gave $11 million before his death in March 2018 at age 90, according to the report. A 23,000-seat stadium, which is part of the village and is used for local games and a concert venue, was built during the project’s $250-million first phase and was named after him.

The second phase of construction is estimated at $268 million and will include two hotels, more youth fields, a field house with convention space, an office building, retail space, and an indoor water park.

The company behind the development, HOF Village LLC, announced in September that it was merging with publicly traded Gordon Pointe Acquisition to create a publicly traded company, pay down the village’s debt, and allow the new company to start with cash on hand, in a deal the companies valued at $390 million.

Mike Crawford, the CEO of HOF Village and the combined company, told Fox Business News they’re making “the equivalent of the ‘Disneyland’ of professional football.”

 “We are leveraging a multi-dimensional approach to engage consumers by providing authentic storytelling through our media arm while bringing those stories to life in an immersive 3D environment unlike any other,” he said.

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A ‘Green Book’ for the digital age

July 17, 2019

If you saw the 2018 movie, Green Book, you know that lodging was hard to come by in the 1960s, if your skin was the “wrong” color.

While the story has been fictionalized, the situation was true: The film is about a black concert pianist who took a driving tour of America’s South—and was forced to rely on The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guide prepared by Victor H. Green that listed safe places to stay nationwide during a time of racial segregation.

Unfortunately, that unspoken taboo still exists in many places today.

But now, CBS News reports, Evita Turquoise Robinson has created a “Green Book” for the digital age called the Nomadness Travel Tribe.

Robinson produced the new “travel lifestyle brand and community” from the recommendations of a 22,000-strong fellowship of black travelers—who share resources and experiences from around the globe in order to increase diversity in the travel industry.

“My focus from the beginning to end is always community. It started with a need for people—a need to be accepted,” she told CBS News. ”

“Nomadness was started eight years ago. We were really at the forefront of this entire movement and we are making a real dent in the travel industry,” she said, noting that the African-American community spends about $60 billion annually on travel.

Indeed, she describes Nomadness as “the ultimate resource” for people of color who want to feel safe abroad. It can be used, she says, “if you are going to Tulum, Mexico, and you want to know where to eat, where to stay, where as a person and traveler of color are you most comfortable and accepted.”

Put more simply, “We are a travel family, we look out for one another in a myriad of ways,” Robinson said.

Research contact: @nomadnesstribe