Construction is quickly moving along at a new Candlewood Suites in east Vancouver, one of several new hotels that will add hundreds more rooms to the city in the next two years.
Crews broke ground on the hotel at the corner of 192nd Avenue and 20th Street in 2014, aiming to wrap things up this summer. Just a short drive away on Mill Plain Boulevard, construction is also ready to take off on a new TownePlace Suites by Marriott.
Meanwhile, plans are also in the works for a 10 story hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront and a new Red Lion hotel as part of a larger project to redevelop Terminal 1, where the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay stands today. Construction on the 10-story hotel is projected to begin this year.
Altogether, the developments reflect positive trends for Clark County hotels over the past year, said Jacob Schmidt, a spokesman for the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office. In 2014, the county’s hotel occupancy rate climbed to 70.2 percent, a roughly 5 percent increase from 2013 that outstrips the current statewide occupancy rate by nearly two percent.
“Clark County hotels have seen an increased demand as the area’s economy has recovered,” Schmidt said in an email to The Columbian. “In 2013, visitor spending to Clark County increased by 5.1 percent, outpacing counties of similar population sizes such as Spokane County, which posted a visitor spending percentage increase of 1.7 percent over the same time period.”