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VIDEO: New airport hotel moves ahead at YLW

Traffic through the Kelowna International Airport is expected to increase significantly, and a major hotel chain is betting $120 million on it.

Northland Properties joined Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas, Kelowna Airport CEO Sam Samaddar in unveiling plans for a Sutton Place Hotel and parkade right beside the terminal building.

"When you look at the City of Kelowna," said Northland C.O.O. Steve Sammut. "It's really taking off."

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Sammut said construction will begin next year on a 7-storey, 1000-stall parkade, and a six-storey, 245-room, 4.5-star, full-service Sutton Place Hotel and restaurant that includes a penthouse lounge.

"We're really excited about this, it's a big project for us," he said. "We're looking forward to getting going on this project."

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There are already two hotels close to YLW, but both the Four Points by Sheraton and Hampton Inn & Suites are across the highway.

That means most hotel guests and passengers would end up taking a shuttle.

The Sutton Place will be a true airport hotel, just steps away from the terminal building.

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Mayor Tom Dyas is thrilled.

"There's a lot of components to this that make this a very big deal for our community," he said at a news conference Tuesday.

Dyas pointed out that it comes just as the airport is undertaking a major terminal expansion.

"I am confident this will be very successful venture that will have a huge benefit throughout our region."

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The airport is working to keep up with projections suggesting the number of people using the airport will increase from 2 million per year to about 3.5 over the next 20 years.

YLW CEO Sam Samaddar said the hotel isn't just for the benefit of visitors to the region.

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"If you're coming from Osoyoos to catch a 6 am flight, you don't want to be getting up at 3 or 2 in the morning right?" said Samaddar."

"You're going to come the night before, you're going to stay at the airport hotel and then get onto your flight, so it's about convenience."

Construction is expected to begin in about a year, with the project completed about three years later, in 2028.

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