WEG planning gets underway for local hotel industry

With two years to go before the world’s equine athletes take the stage in Lexington, the World Games 2010 Foundation’s Housing Bureau has already fielded requests for more than 70,000 room nights, according to Krista Greathouse, director of events for the foundation’s housing partner Short’s Sports and Events. That equates to an average of more than 4,000 rooms per night needed over the 16-day span of the 2010 World Equestrian Games to cover the needs of athletes, officials, sponsors, groups, trade show exhibitors and volunteers, in addition to individual spectator requests to date.
Fayette County’s total hotel inventory currently stands at 7,300 rooms, according to the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, with more scheduled to come online in the Hamburg Place area this fall. Area hotels interested in partnering with the Foundation were expected to return contracts by July 31, but the housing bureau does not foresee any problems in meeting its demand, in part because of the inventory it has already contracted to have with hotels in Lexington, Georgetown, Frankfort and other surrounding areas, in addition to some in northern Kentucky.

The Bureau also plans to enter into discussions with more hotels in Louisville for additional accommodations after the city’s attention turns from the Ryder Cup in September, Greathouse said….

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Source:  bizlex.com
Date:  9-19-2008