STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS
After a recent convention visit, Burnet officials were approached about the possibility the city could support another hotel.
To find out, the Burnet Economic Development Corp. voted Jan. 25 to contract for a feasibility study.
City Manager David Vaughn said during the EDC meeting that any event in the city quickly fills up the city’s 120 hotel rooms.
“We lose a great deal of people to Marble Falls, due to the number of hotels they have,” Vaughn said.
Compared to Burnet’s 120 rooms, Marble Falls has 473.
A 2017 study showed an overall occupancy rate of 61 percent for the rooms in Marble Falls during the year and 59 percent in Burnet.
Vaughn said during the EDC meeting that lost hotel stays also means the city loses out on restaurant and shopping business.
The hotel feasibility study will be conducted by HVS at a cost of cost of $7,500 for the first four phases of the study, which is expected to be done within 25 business days.
HVS’s proposal also stated the study will “include a recommendation of the size, quality and type of lodging facility, and an optimal brand chain scale for the hotel.”
The city owns land on Texas 29 East, but the study also will include other properties in Burnet for HVS to consider.
“I’d be really surprised if (the study) shows we can’t support at least one (hotel),” Vaughn said during the meeting.