The opening of the new Renaissance Hotel will be delayed until 2011, but Colorado Springs isn’t the only community to see the delayed opening of a John Q. Hammons hotel because of the company’s financial problems.

The company also missed an April 1 deadline with the city of Springfield, Mo. – Hammons’ home town – to begin construction on a $50 million, 150-room center city hotel, according to a story today in the Springfield Business Journal.

But Hammons is hardly the only company experiencing a slowdown.

The hotel industry’s flagging hotel occupancies, a two-year decline in revenue per available room or Rev-PAR and the freeze-up in commercial lending have left a number of hotel developers on the brink.

Many have tried to minimize their exposure, shelving projects or putting them on indefinite hold.

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So far Hammons has put at least three projects on hold. They include: a $50 million resort hotel and golf club planned near the Branson Airport, a $46 million convention center in Russellville, Ark., and an $80 million convention center in Boise, Idaho.

On its Web site www.jqhhotels.com , the company announced it had four properties in design or planning and two hotels under construction.

One of those was the 300-room, Renaissance Colorado Springs with its 50,000-square-foot conference center is now slated for a July 2011 opening http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cosbr-renaissance-colorado-springs-north/.

The local hotel, currently a boarded-up shell building at Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway, was originally set to open this spring.