Traveling along Interstate 10 through Gonzales, it’s hard to miss the abundance of hotels—from Holiday and Hampton Inns to SpringHill and Comfort Suites—that have popped up in the growing, yet mostly suburban Ascension Parish.
As Business Report details in a new feature, the La. 30 exit off I-10 alone offers more than a dozen lodging accommodations, while Ascension as a whole has 31 hotels. Eleven of those hotels were built in the past five years in the parish, for a growth rate of 55% since 2013.
Yet, despite the exploding supply, demand for rooms remains high, good luck getting a room, especially on a weeknight.
“If you try to make a reservation from Monday to Wednesday, you’re going to have trouble,” says Al Schof, regional sales director for the Home2 Suites and Comfort Suites off the La. 30 exit in Gonzales.
It’s no secret that much of the hotel growth has been driven by the booming petrochemical industry in Ascension, much like other parishes along the Capital Region’s industrial corridor.