- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston more than tripled its number of hotel rooms over the last five years, and now the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is working to keep them full.

KXMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1OHnZy3 ) reports Williston had six hotels before January 2010. Now, the city is home to 23 hotel properties, and on average, about 55 percent of their 2,100 rooms are occupied. That figure doesn’t include the 500 rooms available just outside city limits.

Bureau director Amy Krueger says hotels have lower occupancy during the weekend and winter months, but the limited amount of meeting space available in the city makes it difficult to attract conventions whose attendees would fill those rooms.

Krueger says even a small convention center would allow Williston to be competitive as a site for state and regional conventions.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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