BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Coast Coliseum Commission is intensifying it's effort to attract a hotel developer to build on convention center property.
The goal of tying a hotel into the convention center has long been considered a key component in advancing the ability to attract conventions and people.
In October, the Coliseum purchased about 8 acres on Hwy. 90 where the old Holiday Inn was located. For years, the thinking was that would be the site for a hotel. However, the plan has evolved into building a hotel in the parking lot on the south side of the convention center.
The Commission signed off on the concept Thursday morning.
"Since we have that all finalized and we know now where we want the hotel developed, which is in close proximity to the convention center, we have had many calls from interested developers," said Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell.
The Coliseum wants to move quickly on the process of deciding on a developer, and things are kicking into high gear.
"The process started last week. We will go from that process to getting a letter of interest from those developers outlining their qualifications, Once that takes place we'll narrow the field and get down to some serious negotiations," McDonnell added.
The proposed hotel could feature anywhere from 250 to 500 rooms, with possible economic incentives being offered by Harrison County or the state.
Possible brand names in the mix include Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt.