Several hotel projects coming to downtown Austin


by Heather Kovar / KVUE News and photojournalist Dennis Thomas

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:48 AM

AUSTIN -- Austin is growing into quite an attractive city for visitors. Stats show downtown hotels stay at more than 80 percent capacity year round.

Demand for hotels has increased by five percent nearly every year for the past decade. Bob Lander, President and CEO of the Visitors and Convention Bureau, is excited about the prospects of new hotels in downtown.

"Our really significant increase we are seeing is about a 20 percent increase in demand from overseas," said Lander.

He says Austin can now attract conventions that have not been able to look at Austin. Currently there are about six-thousand hotel rooms in downtown Austin. If all of the projects come through, there could be nearly 9,000 rooms downtown.

The JW Marriott is under construction on Congress and 2nd. Jay Spurr is the Director of Sales and Marketing. He says currently they already have group bookings all the way through 2020. They've already contracted 175-thousand rooms.  

Spurr gave KVUE a tour of the model rooms set up across the street at 100 Congress, used to help pre-book those group customers.  It doesn't open until March of 2015, yet the hotel is already booked for that month's SXSW.

"The JW Marriot Austin will position us to be the second largest JW Marriott in the world and the largest JW Marriott domestically," said Spurr.

That hotel, along with others in the works, will bring groups and conventions that haven't been able to book here in the past.

MORE: Proposed future and current hotel construction projects in Austin

The Westin, on East 5th and San Jacinto, is set to open spring 2015.
Hotel Van Zandt will rise in the Rainey area on Red River and Davis.
There are plans for the 50 story Fairmont at East Cesar Chavez.
Plus Hotel ZaZa, a boutique, is planned for West Fourth and Guadalupe.

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