Homewood Suites by Hilton coming to North Charleston

A rendering shows the Homewood Suites by Hilton planned for North Charleston.

North Charleston is getting a new Homewood Suites by Hilton.

The six-story, 98-room extended-stay property is expected to open in spring 2017, according to a statement from R IV Architecture.

The all-suite lodging will be near Ashley Phosphate Road and U.S. Interstate 26, the firm said. Construction is set to begin this quarter.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton will share some amenities with the adjacent Doubletree by Hilton, including outdoor areas, a pool and meeting space.

Homecourt Hospitality is the developer of both properties. Its 149-room DoubleTree opened in 2012.

Josh Williams, managing partner at Homecourt Hospitality, said the arrival of big employers such as Boeing Co., Volvo and Mercedes-Benz Vans should drive demand for more hotel rooms in that area.

“This is an opportunity to capitalize on that for us,” Williams said. “And we’re pretty excited about it.”

Downtown Charleston will host the annual South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel this week.

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The three-day conference runs through Wednesday at Belmond Charleston Place. The agenda includes an awards ceremony featuring Gov. Nikki Haley to “recognize oustanding achievements in tourism development, promotion and marketing,” according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The agency said the event also offers sessions on the state of the economy, tourism industry trends, and best practices in marketing and promotion, as well as networking opportunities.

PRT spokeswoman Dawn Dawson said the conference is “a great opportunity for our destinations and partners to discover the latest consumer trends, the best marketing practices and the best promotional opportunities to help them continue to grow tourism.”

Reach Allison Prang at 843-937-5705.