Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Increased Demand Drives New Hotel Openings in Durham

Durham's hotel room inventory is on the rise.

Coming in January 2012, a new Hampton Inn & Suites at Gregson Street and I-85 will open adding 137 new rooms to the existing 7,644 rooms in Durham and becoming the 66th hotel here.  The hotel will feature a complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, state of the art fitness center and an indoor pool.

"Of course, all new hotel rooms open with their rooms empty, so marketing the destination is critical to fill these and other hotel rooms," said Shelly Green, DCVB President & CEO. Currently there are a total of nine lodging properties under development in Durham representing 1,462 rooms, which would bring the total rooms available to slightly more than 9,700 in 74 properties.

"Like most other destinations in the Southeast, additions to Durham's hotel supply have been somewhat slow the past two years during the recession," said Green.  "But as lodging demand increased, hotel developers remained very interested in Durham, particularly in and around Downtown Durham," Green added.

An inventory of all Durham lodging properties is available online, as is a detailed list of other hotel projects in the works. Overnight visitors to Durham spent $113.5 million in 2010, representing about 16% of all spending by visitors which totaled $704.7 million.

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