Hotel Indigo is a no go - What's next?

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Posted by Theresa Swenson - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Now that the Hotel Indigo has fallen through for the new convention center in Wilmington, city leaders will focus on hotels already located downtown.

The sales manager at the Best Western Coastline, which is next door to the convention center, says right now they only have a little more than 50 rooms, but they plan to expand in the future.

The president of Wilmington Area Hospitality Association, an organization for hotel and motel owners, says while Hotel Indigo is a disappointment, it gives the city a chance to find a larger hotel that will better serve the convention center.

"The Hotel Indigo, while it's a nice brand and new brand, it was too small for the site to support the convention center," says Kip Damrow, president of WAHA. "The city really needs to have a hotel that's 250 rooms."

Damrow says the Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire Town Center is already receiving inquiries from groups who are interested in booking the convention center for 2011-2012.

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