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New downtown Owensboro hotel mean more jobs

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When you look at the Ohio River, the Holiday Inn will sit to the left of the Convention Center. When you look at the Ohio River, the Holiday Inn will sit to the left of the Convention Center.
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

A Holiday Inn will be built next to the Convention Center in downtown Owensboro, meaning jobs are coming to the area.

Hotel operator LinGate Hospitality says the new hotel will bring 45 to 55 jobs, and that's not including construction jobs.

When you look at the Ohio River, the Holiday Inn will sit to the left of the Convention Center. The Hampton Inn is currently under construction to the right.

"To have two flag hotels, but unique concepts on both of those, so it's going to be great. People are going to want to come and stay here even if they're not coming for a convention," said Karen Miller with the CVB.

Originally, there was some doubt with how only one hotel could have rooms for all the people that will attend conventions in downtown Owensboro with 120 rooms, the five story Holiday Inn should help with the crowds.

"It makes the convention center easier to sell and the Holiday Inn's really got some great plans about creating a unique experience for our visitors to come in," Miller said.

"Have a large entry with ten suites. We'll of course have a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, restaurant and lounge," said Glenn Higdon with LinGate Hospitality. "We will have an outside area that will take advantage of the river. You know some outside entertainment and fire pits things of that nature. Also will have a van you know that can take people either to the convention center or other places around town."

Tourism experts say good views are a must with hotels, and the old Executive Inn is an example.

"The rooms sold out first. The ones you could look at over the river," Miller said.

Not only will the hotel offer some nice scenery, it'll also create jobs.

"From managing staff, front desk staff, all the service people, restaurant, lounge employees," Higdon said.

"The hospitality jobs are important to all of us here in the community," Miller states.

Officials plan to break ground next spring, and hopefully opening by fall 2014.

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