DALLAS (AP) Hotels will open in North Carolina in 2018, the state’s Department of Tourism and Economic Development announced Monday.
The state is the first to expand its hotel industry, with four new hotels planned in 2018: the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hilton Raleigh, the Holiday Inn Raleigh and the Omni Raleigh.
The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce says hotel occupancy will hit 6,500 by 2022.
“North Carolina is the only state to expand the number of hotel rooms by 25 percent in the past three years,” said Dan Haines, a hotel industry spokesman.
“We anticipate our hotel industry will expand significantly and create thousands of new jobs in the next 10 years.”
Haines said the industry is expanding fast, with nearly 100 new hotels opening in the state in 2017.
Hains said North Carolina will welcome more than 200,000 guests this year, including more than 5,000 tourists.
The state is one of the fastest growing in the nation, and its economy has boomed since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Tourism officials say the state is home to a number of popular attractions, including the famous Duke-Northeastern campus and the state-owned museum, the Durham Museum.
The North Carolina Convention Center is also a popular destination for visitors.