Dismal Holidays Ahead for City Hotels

welcometonewyorkdsjeffries 1 Dismal Holidays Ahead for City HotelsThe Times‘ Charles Bagli dropped this nugget of negativism on us over the weekend: "Until recently, tourism had been a bright spot in the city’s increasingly gloomy economic picture, fueled largely by foreign tourists taking advantage of a weak dollar. But many hotel operators have begun reporting that bookings for the next few months, traditionally the strongest part of the year, are falling below last year’s levels. Cancellations are also on the rise, and corporate travel executives are negotiating for steeper discounts on room contracts for 2009."

Is this the best time for all those new hotel rooms to be opening (as many as 37 in 2009)? Just askin’.

More on the city’s revised 2008 tourism numbers here.