One of the Trump Organization’s hotels has now “closed for good,” according to a new report. The hotel is in Vancouver, Canada, and according to the Vancouver Sun, an employee of the development — which is officially called the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver — revealed on Friday during a phone conversation that the hotel was “closed for good.” Originally, the hotel had temporarily closed in March amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, which dealt a big hit to the hospitality industry around the world. As of this week, however, “all links to the Vancouver hotel have been scrubbed from the Trump Organization’s hotel website.” the Vancouver Sun reports.
When the Vancouver hotel originally opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, Trump’s children Donald Jr., Eric, and Tiffany were all present. The building itself is owned by a development company called the Holborn Group, that local publication explains. The Trump Organization entered into an agreement to provide branding and services on the premises while the other company owned the actual building.
TA Hotel Management, which is a subsidiary of the Holborn Group, has apparently filed for bankruptcy, leaving the inhabitants of the private residences on the premises possibly wondering what may happen next. Michael Schuss, who works as the CEO of property manager AWM-Alliance Real Estate Group Ltd., said in a Thursday evening email that the Trump Hotel staff — who had been providing many of the residential services to the inhabitants of the private dwellings in the “Tower” part of the property — “were all released from their respective employment today.” Schuss said, however, that his company “is arranging to ensure essential services remain in place.”
Donald Trump himself had originally visited Vancouver all the way back in 2013 on the occasion of the announcement of plans for the hotel. The hotel actually opened just a few years ago, and its closure is the latest hit to the president’s business, which was among those to already falter amidst the weight of Coronavirus-induced lockdowns. Trump has refused to financially divest from his businesses upon taking office as president, meaning that earnings that the company has accumulated — like the almost $1 million in taxpayer money that was the subject of a recent Washington Post report — have helped line his pockets.