BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A decade ago in downtown Baton Rouge there wasn't a hotel room for miles which was b
ad news for conventions or visitors.
"It goes back to the master planning for downtown. One of the things was to put downtown on an even playing field with other areas of the parish that may have more room for parking and stuff," said Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer of the incentives.
TIFs are basically sales tax rebates given to hotels to help offset the cost of construction. Over the years, the city has awarded the rebate to every hotel downtown with the exception of the Belle of Baton Rouge.
On Wednesday, the Metro Council will consider two more for the new Holiday Inn Express on North Blvd. and for a Courtyard Marriott that will be built on the corner Florida Blvd. and Third St. City leaders say the TIFs have been key in bringing in more hotels, which in turns brings in more visitors and more revenue.
"A lot of conventions will only come to a city if you can provide them with 1,000 hotel rooms within a certain radius. So this will allow us to bring in that extra business," said Councilman John Delgado.
"I think that downtown is always constantly evolving and changing. What it is now and what it will be three years from now will be totally different. We always have to look at these things and see and measure that for the bigger benefit for the city," said Rhorer.