Business Feature: Hotel stays often brief

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

With two hotels open for business over the last few months and another to be built by the end of the year, Clovis is adding to its collection of about a dozen hotels.

Bill Giese of Giese Realty Investments is working with Holiday Inn to find a location for a Holiday Inn-Express in Clovis. Giese worked with La Quinta and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott to find locations for their hotels.

He said hotel chains see Clovis as a profitable location, but could not say why.

“That’s the only reason I can give you for them wanting to build multi-million dollar hotels (here),” he said.

Giese said he has spoken with other hotels that are scoping Clovis but have no definite plans.

The most recent hotels to open are the Comfort Inn and the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, said Building Safety Director Pete Wilt.

Hotels in Clovis are seeing more traffic from people passing through town than visiting Clovis, hotel spokespeople said.

Comfort Inn opened for business in June. A clerk who answered at the hotel Monday said many customers came to Clovis this summer for softball tournaments and conventions.

Fairfield Inn and Suites front desk manager Jordan Dickenson said most of the people who stay at his hotel are passing through Clovis.

“I would say it’s probably about 70 percent that are just passing through and about 30 percent that actually stay more than one night and are here for some specific reason,” he said.