SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The hundreds of hotel rooms planned or under construction in Shreveport-Bossier City might be missing their intended clients.
The Times reports (http://bit.ly/NFcnbk) hotel operators had counted on guests in town for business in the Haynesville shale oil field.
But a slowdown of natural gas production has cut into room nights.
More than 1,300 hotel rooms are in final planning phases or under construction in Shreveport-Bossier City. An additional 169 rooms have gone into operation this year in Bossier City.
The 85-room Holiday Inn and Suites and the 84-room Windgates by Wyndham opened earlier this year in Bossier City. Four more hotels in Bossier City and two in Shreveport — with 541 rooms between them — are in the final planning stages.
"Much of that construction and planning began in 2010 when the Haynesville shale was in full swing," Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau President Stacy Brown said. "Those are mostly limited-service locations which are interested in capturing a more transient business."
Oil and gas workers, sports teams and travelers passing through town make up some of that expected business, Brown said. They generally are less interested in hotels with meeting and office space, looking simply for a place to sleep.
Shreveport-Bossier City hotel occupancy in June was reported at 61.6 percent. Occupancy in June 2011 was 79.20 percent, the highest level for the month since at least 2004.
Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com