A conceptual drawing of the Convention Center hotel.
Omni Hotels has agreed to offer domestic partner benefits to its employees at Dallasâ€™ city-owned Convention Center Hotel, according to a press release sent out by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.
A representative from Omni Hotels could not immediately be reached for comment.
The question of whether Omni Hotels would offer DP benefits to Convention Center hotel employees was raised by Dallas Voice in this story a few months ago. Irving-based Omni Hotels, which signed an operating agreement for the $500 million facility in February, is one of the few major lodging chains that doesnâ€™t offer DP benefits to employees nationwide.
The city of Dallas, which will build and own the Convention Center hotel, has offered DP benefits to its employees since 2004.
In response to inquiries from the Voice, Mayor Tom Leppert and other city councilmembers vowed in April to try to persuade Omni Hotels to offer DP benefits in Dallas.
The Convention Center hotel is expected to open in 2012 and will have an estimated 800 permanent employees.
For more on this story, see Friday’s Dallas Voice.