Hotel construction booming in Regina
9 new hotels projected to be built over the next 3 years
There is a hotel construction boom going on in Regina.
At least nine new hotels are expected to be built in the Queen City over the next three years.
Tracy Fahlman, CEO with the Regina Hotels Association, said with the city hosting so many big events—like the Junos and Grey Cup—more hotels are needed.
"Growing that hotel supply just strengthens our ability to bring in more as well as larger-scale events and conferences," Fahlman said.
The Regina Hotels Association said there are seven more hotel projects waiting in the wings.
The former Regina Inn in the city's downtown is currently undergoing an upgrade. It is expected to open in November as a new Double Tree by Hilton hotel.
However, hotel developers are also venturing outside of the downtown.
A Comfort Inn and Suites will be built in the northwest suburbs, while a Marriott is going up near the Pasqua Hospital and exhibition grounds.
John Hopkins, CEO with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, said those locations attract a different clientele than the downtown business travellers.
"We're getting more and more people coming here for sporting reasons because of the facilities that we actually have," Hopkins said. "Whether it's the six-plex or the soccer facilities that we didn't have that many years ago."
There are currently about 3,000 hotel rooms in Regina. When the construction dust settles in three years, there will be 750 more rooms.