New hotels opening in the valley to accommodate more visitors
YAKIMA VALLEY, Wash. - Driving around Yakima you may have noticed new hotels popping up all around the city.
A new Holiday Inn Express in Union Gap, My Place in Terrace Heights and Home2 Suites by Hilton off Nob Hill Boulevard.
Yakima Valley Tourism President John Cooper said more and more people are visiting the valley every year.
Cooper said Yakima County saw 3.5 million overnight visitors last year, up about four percent.
He said the more hotels built,the more options visitors will have.
"Make it more competitive for people because there's more options when they come to visit," cooper said. "So whether they're coming for conventions, sports or just leisure travel, more options is a better thing for the consumer."
He said not only will these new hotels give people options but allows for more people to visit Yakima and bring in more money. Cooper said travelers staying at a hotel will spend an average of $625 per trip.
"Well visitors spent close to $410 million a year and that generates nearly $39 million in local taxes," he said. "Those taxes help to support services we all use; roads, police, fire and parks."
Hotel owners say location is key, with destinations like SOZO, the airport and the convention center, drawing people to the city.
Home2 Suites General Manager Randi Redmon said they wanted to be somewhere convenient for visitors.
"We're closely located to SOZO sports complex, to the airport, centrally located throughout town and close to the new part of town that's developing more rapidly," Redmon said.
Home2 Suites is off of Nob Hill Boulevard and Redmon said they are finishing up construction and expecting to open in the spring.
Yakima Valley Tourism said many of these hotels are now offering extending stay with more amenities for people staying longer than one week.