by Matt Alderton | March 10, 2014
Omni Hotels & Resorts will begin construction next year on a new convention center hotel in downtown Louisville, it announced last week.

“The Omni is a game-changer for Louisville’s hospitality industry increasing our convention business potential in a competitive marketplace,” Karen Williams, interim president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. “Louisville currently hosts 12.7 million visitors each year. A hotel project of this scope will help support further tourism growth.”

Located near the Kentucky International Convention Center, the new hotel will have 600 guest rooms and 70,000 square feet of meeting space, not to mention a spa, a fitness center, two full-service restaurants, a rooftop poolside café and a lobby lounge.

“This investment will be a catalyst for more convention activity, while bringing more out-of-state visitors to Kentucky,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “By leveraging the Kentucky International Convention Center and Louisville’s dynamic downtown, the plans for the project will bring added excitement and events to Louisville.”

According to Omni, the new hotel is scheduled to open “no later than” 2017.

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