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  • FREE 1-HOUR PHOTO SHOOT AND YOUR SELECTION OF 3 FREE PHOTOS. Drop your card into Cynroc’s bling box when you check in, drawing will be during the meeting!

  • 8% Discount – Thrifty Car Rentals.  Contact Carla Ulschak (406) 259-0106

  • FREE Employee Group Tours – Western Heritage Center! Increase your knowledge of this great local attraction and learn about regional history.  Contact Lisa Olmsted  (Lisa@ywhc.org ) 256-6809


  • OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE CLOSE TO AIRPORT AND DOWNTOWN. The Rimrock
    Inn at 1203 North 27th
    Street in Billings is
    converting its hotel into
    professional office space
    combined with a new Rock
    Pile Restaurant.  A great location!  For information, please contact Jay Doucette
    at 406-670-6097.


BILLINGS’ NUMBERS DOWN IN JULY - BUT LOOK AT THAT BOZEMAN RevPar!  STR NUMBERS OVERVIEW – July 2013

Of note: Statewide RevPAR increased in July (88.58) over the previous month (72.57) by 22.06%, while Billings’ growth in RevPAR (July over June) was up 1.06%.

RevPAR

  • 0.7% - percentage of decrease in RevPAR, year to date, 2013 over 2012, in Billings, Montana
  • 8.4% - percentage of decrease in RevPAR, July 2013 over July 2012, in Billings, Montana
  • July RevPar rates in Montana cities:
    • 106.83 – Bozeman (up from 88.74)
    • 80.61 – Missoula (up from 62.26)
    • 68.83 – Billings (up from 68.11)
    • 64.14 – Great Falls (up from 58.19)
    • 62.73 – Helena (up from 56.28)

 

 

 

HOTEL WATCH IN BILLINGS!

This is info and photos on new hotels, being built or rumored, updated the morning of Sep 19, 2013. Resources are Billings Gazette, Big Sky EDA, YCLA member properties, and Cynroc photography (in the rain) -  8-11 new hotels rumored, planned, or in construction: 

  • Homewood Suites

    • Status:  Foundation, elevator shafts, and walls going up – looking good to meet schedule.
    • General: a Hilton extended-stay hotel, 4-story, rooms with full kitchens, breakfast and light dinners served with beer or wine Monday through Thursday.  Erck Hotel group of Missoula.
    • Location: Between the Hampton Inn & Suites and The Big Horn Resort on Ember Lane off Zoo Drive and Interstate 90.
    • Completion: Estimated June 2014 at a cost of $13-14 million
    • Rates: Winter room rates will be approximately $130 and rise to $150 in summer.

  • Home2 Suites
    • Status: Looking tight for completion previously estimated for spring 2014. Don Cape is reportedly negotiating to buy West End land – original idea for location was near to Jake’s West End, but negotiations are ongoing and definite location is not yet determined.  
    • General: a Hilton extended-stay hotel, modern design, kitchens in the rooms and a work wall that doubles as an entertainment area for guests
    • Location: Property being negotiated on the west end.
    • Completion: Estimated March/April 2014 at a cost of $9.4 million
    • Rates: approximately $100 per night.

  • TownePlace Suites

    • Status: Ground not broken, sale sign still posted on property. Construction expected to start this fall.
    • General: a Residence by Marriott, extended-stay hotel, 94 rooms, 4 stories
    • Location: 963 S. 25th St. W - Directly across from the Billings Hilton Garden Inn, behind Home Depot
    • Completion: Estimated fall 2014
    • Rates: listed in all research as “mid-price”

  • Trailhead Lodge

    • Status: Ground not broken, no evidence of construction. According to Big Sky EDA, the deal is still being negotiated.
    • General: Red Lion franchise, 80 rooms all with fireplaces
    • Location: 2 acres at 3838 Zoo Drive, south side
    • Completion: no info at this time
    • Rates: no info at this time

  • Holiday Inn Express

    • Status: Foundation going in.
    • General: No specific info at this time. Sign shows 5-story hotel.
    • Location: Across from the Hampton Inn & Suites in front of the Rib & Chop House on Ember Lane off Zoo Drive and Interstate 90.
    • Completion: sign states 2014
    • Rates: $131 per night (per website, other HIExpress in Billings)

  • LaQuinta

    • Status: Ground broken. Work progressing.
    • General: A Midwest Ventures Kelly Inn property, 85 rooms.
    • Location: Frontage Road next to Cracker Barrel Restaurant
    • Completion: No date known at this time.
    • Rates: No info at this time.

  • Ledgestone

    • Status: Walls up, roof on, moving quickly.
    • General: Not much known. Rumored possible extended-stay.
    • Location: Just off South Billings Blvd, next to Holiday Gas Station
    • Completion: No date known at this time.
    • Rates: No info at this time.

  • Unidentified hotel 

    • Status:  No evidence of activity.
    • General: Billings attorney and developer Dave Veeder and an unidentified partner who operate Lads Riverside, LLC bought 5-1/2-acre property, site of the former Carmike 7 Theater site on Overland Avenue, and are considering a hotel.

  • Unidentified hotel
    • Status: No information.
    • Tentative plans are rumored for another hotel off the Lockwood exit by the existing Holiday Inn Express

  • Two potential hotels are being discussed for the east TIF area
    • Status: unknown
    • One hotel on 1st & Expo Drive – hotel, theatre, and shopping center
    • Another hotel on 6th & Expo Drive

YCLA SEPTEMBER MEMBERS' MEETING

YCLA Meeting – September 25, 2013, 12:30pm at The Big Horn Resort. The cost of lunch is $12.

JUST FOR FUN! DO YOU KNOW THIS PROPERTY?

EVENTS TO PLAN ON

  • MetraPark – Great events likely to bring out-of-town guests to Billings
    • Magic City Rollers – Sep 21
    • Color Me Rad 5K – Sep 21
    • Wrangler National Team Roping Finals – Oct 1-6
    • Octane Addictions Big Air Bash – Oct 12
    • NILE Ranch Rodeo – Oct 16
    • NILE PRCA ProRodeo Cat Griz Night – Oct 17
    • NILE PRCA ProRodeo – Tought Enough to Wear Pink – Oct 18
    • NILE PRCA ProRodeo – Wrangler Patriot – Oct 19
    • No Limits Monster Truck Tour – Nov 2
    • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis – Nov 16
    • Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” Dec 1

  • CVB/TBID! – No update at this time on Scheduled events coming to Billings

  • From CVB/TBID – Pending
    • Nat’l Assoc. of Extradition Officials: 400 room nights for July 2014.
    • International Assoc. of Work Force Professionals: 950 room nights
      for 2016.


 

 

   
   
 

 

General Area Information:
Billings Chamber of Commerce
815 South 27th Street Billings, MT 59101 (406) 245-4111