Alexandria, La., hotel to be sold, converted to a Holiday Inn

The Alexander Fulton Hotel in Alexandria, La., will be converted to a Holiday Inn after it is reportedly sold to the Southern Hospitality Group. Officials say The Fulton, which has been owned by the city, will undergo a renovation and allow the city out of the hotel business, which, according to the AP, it has wanted for years.

"We have been quietly, but in a hard-working fashion, courting conventions back based on what we know will happen with the Fulton, and I'm proud to say that the Louisiana Municipal Association's 2016 convention will be held in Alexandria," said Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy.

City and tourism officials told the AP that upgrading the hotel and reopening the Hotel Bentley would be a big boost for convention business in Alexandria, especially for conventions using the Riverfront Center.

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The two hotels can combine with the Alexandria Riverfront Center for a "return of prominence for the kinds of conventions and events that we're really good at holding," Roy said.

The Hotel Bentley has been closed for nearly nine years and is undergoing renovations in preparation to reopen.

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