By Wes Reid, June 19, 2008
Things are coming up roses for St. John’s, Nfld.. In 2007, the city’s meetings and conventions market posted record numbers and “the outlook for 2008 and 2009 shows greater promise, based on confirmed bookings to date,” says Newfoundland and Labrador tourism marketing specialist Brenda Walsh.
Since 2005, four hotels have been built and more are coming. Pacrim Hospitality intends to build, in the downtown core, a 370-room Hilton Embassy Suites Hotel, while local company The Steel Group plans to construct an 87-room hotel, its second in the city. Construction is scheduled for this year.
Within the next few years, mining and offshore hydrocarbon mega-projects, totaling about $30-billion, are expected. “All these projects will generate a huge amount of commerce that will need a whole lot more convention facilities and conference space, not to mention hotels,” says Walsh. “We’ve already got the relatively new St. John’s Convention Centre, so we’re well-positioned to host larger groups in the year ahead.”