What’s behind the surge in downtown hotel development?

During the past five years, several new hotels have opened in or near downtown Milwaukee, adding more than 1,100 rooms to the market.

That’s a lot of new hotel room inventory for a city that is not considered a top tourist destination, like Orlando or Las Vegas.

And even more new hotels are coming to the downtown area. The 220-room Westin hotel will open this summer near the U.S. Bank Center. The Forest County Potawatomi Community plans to build a second hotel tower at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino that would add another 150 to 200 rooms there. A developer plans to convert the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center building into a 220-room hotel. Marcus Corp. and Jackson Street Holdings have massive competing hotel development proposals for the city-owned Fourth and Wisconsin site. Bear Development is converting the historic Button Block building into a Homewood Suites hotel...

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