Travelers heading through eastern Ohio have long noticed a lack of hotels to accommodate them during their trek through the area. With growing shale development, however, more hotels are now opening up to accommodate workers and travelers alike. These new hotels and campgrounds are abuzz with activity, which is providing additional growth for local economies.
In Guernsey County there are currently four new hotels that are in process of opening to accommodate the increased economic activity in the region. These four hotels have provided an unanticipated construction boom, keeping local construction workers busy over the past year.
Although it is shale development that got the hotel developers interested, there has been a need in the county since long before the Utica Shale became a household name. Cambridge sits at the crossroads of Interstates 70 and 77, which is why many travelers may have heard of this 11,000 person town. In addition to the being the crossroads, Guernsey County is also home to many sites and events that draw a lot of visitors, such as the Dickens Victorian Village, Salt Fork State Park – which is Ohio’s largest state park – some of the best deer hunting in the state, and the Paul Bunyan Festival. Guernsey County is also hosting the State Little League tournament this year.
Down the road in Belmont County, a new Days Inn is opening to accommodate the influx of traffic coming through St. Clairsville. Again, oil and natural gas development is the main driver for the developers to build the hotel, but it will be those visiting the area well into the future who will benefit the most. The largest draw of the year for Belmont County is the country mega concert Jamboree in the Hills. This four-day long party attracts tens of thousands of country music fans from across the nation. While many camp at the grounds, others prefer to rest at a hotel after the shows each night. In the past, people would have to stay more than an hour away because of limited hotel capacity, but this new local hotel will now share the same exit.
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