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CHARLOTTE-A total 1,360 new hotel rooms are being built at the same time within walking distance of the Charlotte Convention Center. The most significant is the 700-room Westin, under construction at College and Stonewall Streets, directly across from the center.

The city is contributing $16 million to the $144 million cost of the project. The per-room development cost equates to $205,714, a lofty figure, considering many non-convention hotels were built for $50,000 per room only five years ago.

Also going up is a $20-million Courtyard by Marriott, a $19-million Residence Inn, and a Hilton Garden and Hampton Inn at an estimated cost of $32 million.

Charlotte’s leaders are aggressively pushing new hotel construction to handle the area’s $2.8-billion-a-year tourism industry. The metropolitan area has lost several large convention dates over the years because it could not house the visitors, according to the Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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