PITTSFIELD, Mass., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A leader in the Berkshire County hospitality sector has announced plans to develop a Hilton Garden Inn on the Pittsfield-Lenox Road in Pittsfield, MA. Mr. Vijay Mahida plans to break ground on the 95-room, $10 million hotel this spring with a grand opening targeted for late spring 2014.
Mr. Mahida said that the current conditions in Berkshire County are ideal for introducing a highly respected hospitality brand with strong appeal to business and recreational travelers. "I am encouraged by the consistent growth of travel to the Berkshires, even in the face of a less than robust national economy," said Mahida. "Business travelers visiting the Berkshires will appreciate seeing a trusted national brand like Hilton Garden Inn. Our new hotel will also be convenient to many recreational and cultural venues, from the excellent local ski areas to the Colonial Theatre to Tanglewood to our nationally renowned museums. We feel Pittsfield and Berkshire County deserve this project and we are committed to making it as successful as our other hospitality businesses."
Local business leaders expressed enthusiasm for the project.Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Supranowicz said the construction project and ongoing operation of the hotel would have a positive ripple effect in the local economy. "We welcome this project in Pittsfield," said Supranowicz. "The initial $10 million construction project could support employment for more than 95 construction professionals, and have a total impact of more than $16 million in the local economy. When you add up the direct, indirect and induced economic results, we estimate that the ongoing operation of the Hilton Garden Inn could generate about $4 million of total economic impact annually in the Berkshires," Supranowicz said. "We know that many travelers are brand loyal and want to stay with specific hotel groups where they can use their loyalty programs," said Lauri Klefos, President and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. "We also know that there is unmet demand during peak periods, when the 4,300 rooms offered in the Berkshires cannot keep up with the influx of visitors. This Hilton Garden Inn project provides visitors with more choices, offers a well-known brand for new visitors, and caters to the business traveler's needs."