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CANADA: Ottawa City Hall is seeing more hotel proposals, which is good news for a tourism sector intent on increasing the number of visitors to the capital, the

When the Shaw Centre replaced the congress centre in 2011, the city had a landmark convention facility but not the hotel capacity, especially downtown, to attract major conferences.

The downtown hotel market has been in flux in recent years, and not always in favour of tourism and the hospitality sectors.

Downtown hotels have been sold and converted to other uses, most notably student residences in the cases of the old Holiday Inn on Cooper St. and Quality Inn on Rideau St. Minto recently converted a hotel on Lyon St. into Apartments.

However, boutique hotels are being built on Slater St. downtown and Dalhousie St. in the Byward Market. The Arts Court redevelopment behind the Shaw Centre will have a hotel. The old Medical Arts Building on Metcalfe St. is being eyed for a hotel, too.

Morguard Corp. has a proposal to transform an entire city block between Sparks St. and Queen St. on the west side of downtown. The plan calls for the demolition of 17-storey hotel along Bay St. to be replaced by a 23-floor residential tower and a 27-floor hotel. Morguard is scheduled to pitch its design to the city’s urban design review panel on Thursday before the application goes to planning committee at a future date.

There’s also interest outside the core.

Orléans celebrated back in 2011 when the suburb saw its first hotel built in 30 years.

More hotels have also popped up in the south end of Ottawa, likely serving a demand created by the airport and EY Centre.

Next Tuesday, council’s planning committee will be asked to approve a hotel proposal for 93 rooms at 3605 Paul Anka Dr., off Hunt Club Rd.

Mayor Jim Watson was concerned about the hotel capacity after the Shaw Centre opened, but now he sees a better balance.

“I have been pleased we have seen a modest increase,” Watson told the Sun. “There’s a better equilibrium now.”

The new hotel rooms can’t come soon enough for Ottawa.

The city is expecting to boost its tourism numbers significantly in 2017 during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. While not all the hotels under construction will be ready by 2017, the increase in accommodation space will help in the subsequent years as Ottawa tries to retain the tourism interest.


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