More Hotel/Conference Room Space

The landscape around the lake is about to change! Two planned projects along the lake as well as the Bridgewater Channel will be adding both convention space and hotel rooms to the mix. According to Jackie Leatherman, the Director of Event Marketing for the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau, “From our
standpoint, we can always use more lodging near the channel and the lake.” As Leatherman notes, “When people come to Havasu, they want to be within walking distance to the action. They want to walk to the London Bridge, the restaurants, Rotary Park, the lake events, and other activities.”

The English Village area will see the first construction with the development of a new, 96-room, Holiday Inn Express. The property, owned by St. Louis based Virtual Reality Enterprises (VRE), will oversee some new improvements that will include the replacing of some old sidewalk, new lighting, and additional landscaping. The landscaping work will be ongoing and hopefully completed by sometime in August, having the least amount of impact on businesses and tourism, which is normally slower during
the hot summer months. Construction of the Holiday Inn Express will take place as soon as the improvements around the area are completed. Another development that will include a waterfront resort hotel is the Havasu Riviera Resort Community, all part of the Havasu Riviera (Lake Havasu City) Project, adjacent to HWY 95 and terraced above Lake Havasu. The area will include new roadways and multi-use paths as well as an eco-educational center, desert botanical garden, public parks, trails and pathways, convention center site and future golf course (see article to the left).

Leatherman notes that the Riviera Project will also include additional hotel rooms and convention space, “In addition, the area will include the Havasu Riviera Arizona State Park, featuring a public boat launch ramp, wet slip marina, dry boat storage facility, waterfront restaurant and bar, parking and other recreational amenities for residents and visitors of the area. This will provide the business traveler the opportunity to get outdoors and experience an environment outside of the corporate board room.”