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Jul 9, 2021

The Rocket City is building more hotels to accommodate out-of-towners.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville plays host to many events from business conferences to concerts. The Rocket City is becoming a premiere destination for out-of-towners, so more people are booking hotel rooms.

Julia Ryals, President and CEO of Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) explains, “We do have the state’s largest tourist attraction, with the US Space and Rocket Center and also Botanical Gardens is in that top ten, as well as Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. We have a lot of attractive attractions.”

As events move back to full capacity and vaccines become readily available, people are willing to get out and travel. Currently there are around 665 available hotel rooms in Downtown Huntsville, and that’s not enough. Leaders have a goal to reach a total of 1,300 hotel rooms.

“From a marketing perspective, it’s really important to have enough rooms in walking distance of our major convention center, The Von Braun Center,” Ryals said.   

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These new hotels are not only great for visitors, but residents too. Those who live in Huntsville will benefit economically from the new spots in town.

“Each household saves over $700 a year by these outside dollars coming into our hotels, for the lodging tax as well as the liquor tax. So, it really benefits everyone that lives here,” Ryals said.

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Marriot, Hilton, Hyatt and Hampton Inn & Suites are all interested in building in Huntsville. Each location will offer a unique vibe with built in restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The President of the Huntsville Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau says we won’t have to wait long for these hotels to open.

“The Hampton Inn and Suites will be opening later this year, or possibly early next year,” Ryals said.

Visit CVB’s website to learn more about the new developments being added to Rocket City.  

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