Number of North Dakota hotel properties increases by 13 percent since 2011

42 new hotels; 3,500 rooms built since 2011 – more hotels slated for 2013

NEWS
For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013

Bismarck, N.D. – Travelers to and within North Dakota have more hotel options to consider. From 2002 to 2012, 80 new hotels were built in North Dakota, with slightly more than 50 percent constructed in the last two years alone.

Forty-two new hotels have been built in the state since 2011, adding 3,500 rooms, and 39 properties announced plans to add 3,678 rooms in 2013, according to North Dakota Tourism.

A September 2012 Wall Street Journal article cited North Dakota as one of the top 10 U.S. markets for hotel construction.

“Strong demand for hotel rooms has been experienced in communities statewide, not just in western North Dakota’s oil patch communities as is the common misperception,” said North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman. “While many of North Dakota’s new hotel properties opened in the western part of the state, 11 hotel properties east of U.S. Highway 83 opened in 2012 or will open in 2013.”

Otte Coleman notes this is good news for travelers. “What this means for travelers, other than having an expanded selection to choose from, is that supply is meeting demand – and in some cases now exceeding demand. The end result is that it’s easier to find an available hotel room and room rates may be decreasing.”

While more hotel rooms are available across North Dakota, Otte Coleman still encourages travelers to plan ahead and book rooms in advance of their travels.

These hotel room statistics are featured in the 2012 Tourism Division Annual Report, which is now available. To request a copy, contact North Dakota Tourism at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663, or download a copy at NDtourism.com.

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Sara Otte Coleman, Director, Tourism Division
North Dakota Department of Commerce
701-328-2525
NDtourism.com

As one of North Dakota’s leading industries, tourism attracts visitors to the state’s 646 attractions, 357 events and festivals and 886 hotels. In addition, more than 33,000 jobs in North Dakota are attributed to this robust industry.

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From 2002 to 2012, 80 new hotels were built in North Dakota, with slightly more than 50 percent constructed in the last two years alone.
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“Strong demand for hotel rooms has been experienced in communities statewide, not just in western North Dakota’s oil patch communities as is the common misperception,” said North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman. “While many of North Dakota’s new hotel properties opened in the western part of the state, 11 hotel properties east of U.S. Highway 83 opened in 2012 or will open in 2013.”
Sara Otte Coleman, director, North Dakota Tourism
“What this means for travelers, other than having an expanded selection to choose from, is that supply is meeting demand – and in some cases now exceeding demand. The end result is that it’s easier to find an available hotel room and room rates may be decreasing.”
Sara Otte Coleman, director, North Dakota Tourism