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Major hotel chains shutting down due to coronavirus pandemic

Major hotel chains are closing en masse, for the first time in history, because of the coronavirus — prompting requests for aid from President Trump. The New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue — the Big Apple’s largest hotel — will close its 1,929 rooms indefinitely starting on March 20, sources said. Meanwhile, the luxury Baccarat hotel on West 53rd Street will turn off the lights on March 21 — along with scores of other NYC lodging properties, sources said. The closures, which industry sources are calling “unprecedented,” prompted a meeting Tuesday between President Trump and the heads of several large hotel companies. At the meeting, Hilton Chief Executive Christopher Nassetta told Trump that the publicly traded Hil ...