The publicly funded tent facility will offer a finished floor, large windows and climate-controlled environment, measuring 5,700 sq. ft. The city collected $6.3 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year from taxes levied against stays in hotels and vacation rentals, making the project an addition to the city’s robust tourism arsenal.
City officials broke ground on a special events pavilion on September 26 at Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort, the Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun reported.
“The desert doesn’t have a superb facility such as this, and we are thrilled to be able to have it brought to the city of Indian Wells,” Steve Rosen, General Manager for the resort told the crowd.
The $2 million publicly funded facility is essentially a 5,700-sq. ft. tent complete with a finished floor, large windows and will be climate-controlled, the Desert Sun reported. It will sit between the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa and the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort and Spa, ready to capture event business, particularly from the weddings market, said Kelly Lightner, event and sales manager for the resort.
Indian Wells Mayor Mary Roche said the project is an important addition to the city’s tourism arsenal, the Desert Sun reported.
“Between our fabulous hotels, restaurants and our golf resort, some 50 to 60 percent of our city’s income comes from the tourism trade,” Roche said. “Therefore, our course of action at city hall has been to consistently reinvest in our community, benefiting not only Indian Wells, but the entire Coachella Valley.”
In the 2012-13 fiscal year, Indian Wells collected $6.3 million in bed taxes levied against stays in hotels and vacation rentals, the Desert Sun reported. It was an 11.5 percent increase from the year before and often serves as a key barometer in measuring the growth of a city’s tourism economy, which only seems to be tracking up, city leaders say.
“And of course this exciting expansion now underway at Indian Wells Tennis Garden will further secure Indian Wells’ reputation as a top tourist destination for many years to come, securing substantial growth in our revenue for not only Indian Wells, but the entire region,” Roche added.
C&RB featured Indian Wells Golf Resort in the January 2008 issue (“New Hope Blooms in the Desert at Indian Wells Golf Resort“).