LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The rollout of Louisville's newest and tallest hotel came after more than four years of design and construction.
City leaders are banking on the $300 million Omni Hotel to be the next breakout attraction.
"We're getting more than 16 million visitors a year and growing. When you combine the Omni with the expanded Kentucky International Convention Center across the road opening in August, that number is just going to accelerate even further," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
The hotel's construction phase created 800 jobs. There will now be 400 permanent jobs. The hotel's general manager says the city's history of food and drink will provide guests with an authentic Kentucky feel.
"This means events will be impeccably planned and carried out and will be surrounded by exquisite art, great food and bourbon," Scott Stuckey, the hotel's general manager, said.
He says the hotel is the city's new front door, with 30 story views of downtown.
Mayor Fisher signaling the hotel is just the beginning of growth and investment in making the city more than just a destination, but an experience.
"From all of us here, it's been really exciting to see the last two years driving down 2nd and 3rd Streets and watch the Omni Hotel come to life in front of our very own eyes," Mayor Fischer said.