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Downtown Boise hotels flourish

Posted: 10:09 PM, Jun 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-09 00:09:44-04

It seems like you see a new building popping up in Boise quite often and the last few years, there's been several hotels going into Downtown Boise.

Terry Kopp with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau says more than 400 sleeping rooms have been added to the downtown area in the last few years.

She says at any given time hotels run at about 70 percent occupancy downtown.

Business, sporting events, conventions, and tourism keep them busy.

When a large convention comes into town, they use three or four hotels. To land a spot, conventions have to book several years in advance.

"They can't call up a city six months before and say we're looking at bringing our convention to your city because more than likely there won't be days available," said Kopp.

Kathy Pidgeon, the general manager of The Riverside Hotel says they hold quite a few conferences

She says the other hotels going up hasn't been a bad thing.

"Boise has become more and more populated and more and more popular. It seems like every week you read about Boise on some kind of a top ten list so I think that's it all based on supply and demand and I think that there has been enough demand that it's been able to absorb a lot of the supply," said Kathy Pigeon, The Riverside Hotel.

"Before we used to meet with clients and we would have to show them geographically where the state was located and now they are saying what is the buzz about Boise? Why should we bring our meeting to Boise and it's much easier to tell them that," said Kopp