by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | March 14, 2014
Omni Hotels & Resorts plans to build a 600-room convention hotel to anchor a $261 million downtown development project in Louisville, Ky. The hotel is part of an enormous downtown revitalization plan for the city, which includes a proposed expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center, retail shops, restaurants and real estate. Construction of the hotel will begin in 2015, aiming for an opening in 2017. “This project is a major infusion in our downtown and to the city’s entire economy,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a press conference announcing the project. “It will create jobs, both temporary construction positions and permanent jobs, and it will boost our convention and tourism industry as Omni provides a new level of luxury hotel.” With the new property, Omni adds to its portfolio of convention hotels: the Omni Dallas Hotel, Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Omni Hotel at CNN Center (Atlanta), Omni Nashville Hotel, Omni Providence Hotel, Omni San Diego Hotel, Omni Severin Hotel (Indianapolis) and Omni Shoreham Hotel (Washington, D.C.).