NEW TUSCALOOSA HOTELS WILL ADD JOBS, BRING IN TRAVELERS

Four new hotels are under construction in Tuscaloosa, with one scheduled to open in the spring. These hotels will not only benefit the community by creating jobs, but it will also encourage more travelers to stay in Tuscaloosa instead of staying out of town.

<p>“We certainly want to encourage those business travelers as well as university travelers to stay here locally versus staying outside of the community,” said Barkley Garrett, the vice president of economic development at the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.</p><p>Comfort Inn Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, AC Hotels and Townplace Suites by Marriott are the four hotels that will be located downtown and on McFarland Boulevard. Comfort Inn is scheduled to be open in the spring while the rest of the hotels will still be under construction.</p><p>One hotel is expected to create 40 part-time and full-time jobs.</p>

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