Thursday, February 16, 2012

El Paso Nearing 10,000 'Quality' Hotel Rooms

Convention and Visitors Bureau general manager Bill Blaziek indicated to KVIA Channel 7 that the number of "quality" hotel rooms in El Paso is "quickly reaching about 10,000," which could help the city land more and larger conventions.

A new hotel has opened its doors near the now booming Airway/Gateway East intersection, and two more hotels are planned within just a mile of the area according to Adrian Perez, the general manager for the new Hilton Garden Inn.

Despite consistent worry from hotel owners and the Hotel/Motel Association about over-supply due to new hotels, occupancy levels continue to be high in El Paso. Many have worried that high occupancy in recent years has been due to Fort Bliss expansion, and that occupancy would plummet once expansion slowed. But an improving economy and a rebounding maquiladora industry in Juarez could help keep occupancy at current levels.

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