Multiple hotel projects underway in Jonesboro

Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Explains Need for Hotels

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Another new hotel will soon be built in Jonesboro.

The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission gave Comfort Inn the green light to construct a 4-story, $6 million hotel at a meeting Tuesday.

It will be located on Phillips Drive behind Casey's General Store on Caraway Road.

That's just one of many hotel projects underway right now in Jonesboro.

Just down the road on Phillips Drive, another hotel is going up.

According to Jonesboro Director of Planning and Zoning Otis Spriggs, that will be a Holiday Inn.

Last year, we told you about the Courtyard by Marriott coming to the hilltop area.

Dirt work recently started on the hotel, which will be located across the street from NEA Baptist Hospital.

Two convention centers are also expected be built soon in Jonesboro.

On the campus of Arkansas State, there are plans for a convention center and Embassy Suites.

Near I-555, another convention center will be built. At that location, there are plans to build a Hyatt hotel and there is room for a second hotel to be built there in the future.

What's the drive behind all these new hotels?

Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Young said hotels in Jonesboro stay busy.

"There have been times obviously when the entire community is sold out," Young said. "People have gone to other communities to stay because of attractions and sometimes there's not even a special thing going on in our community, but it shows the diversity of our economic base."

Young said youth sports are a huge draw to Jonesboro.

When tournaments are going on, hotels are almost always full.

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