Plans for a 1,000-room convention center hotel

charlotteobserver.comA plan to build Charlotte’s first 1,000-room hotel still has plenty of question marks, but officials are touting it as essential to keeping up with Charlotte’s fast-growing rivals.

“Without this asset, we’re losing a step,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “It’s kind of one of those assets you have to have to be able to compete.”

Charlotte officials have discussed ideas for a 1,000-room hotel, considered the gold standard for luring conventions, for years. But the talks appear to be turning more serious. At Monday’s City Council meeting, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority discussed the plan with council members and said they plan to update the group this summer.


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