DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced that the owner of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, one of the venues under contract with the convention, “has filed for bankruptcy, announced the hotel’s permanent closing, and their intent to sell the property.” DisCon is still in negotiations with the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The convention committee said,
When we conducted our survey about when and what kind of Worldcon you wanted from us, we told you we’d release those results and our decision in January 2021. It’s the end of January. This update isn’t the one we wanted to give you….
We are publicly committing to having a robust, virtual experience for DisCon III. As of now, this means having at least three streaming programming items per convention hour. We will provide more information on this in the upcoming weeks and months.
We will be creating a separate virtual membership type for those who cannot attend DisCon III in person. Supporting members will have the option to upgrade their memberships to this new membership type. Presently, we do not have a membership price or estimated date when this membership type will be available.
We are still committed to releasing the survey results, though as talks are ongoing, we cannot give a date on when those results will be released.
We are committed to continuing our talks with both the Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham Hotel to reach a conclusion we can share with you.
Finally, we are committed to being as transparent as we can with all of you regarding this entire situation. We will be providing updates to you every two weeks, with our next public update on February 14th. We know you are looking for more concrete information to make plans. We regret not being able to give it at this time.
For more information, see the DisCon III website.
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