If all goes according to plan, by autumn 2022 there will be a huge new hotel open at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Deseret News reports that ground has broken on the planned 700-room Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, which will be located adjacent to the convention centre at the corner of 200 South and West Temple streets in downtown Salt Lake City.

“This hotel is built directly into the convention centre, which makes it exceptionally easy for the convention attendees to go in and out from their hotel rooms into the convention center,” said Mark White, senior vice president of sales and services for Visit Salt Lake.

“Perhaps more importantly, it has a lot of suites – big rooms where VIPs can be housed. And it also has a lot of meeting space which augments the number of meeting rooms of the Salt Palace.”

The $377-million, 686,784-square-foot, 28-story hotel will include 60,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool, and a 7,500-square-foot outdoor terrace .

“What we hope that this will do is further enhance Salt Lake City as a convention destination and basically allow meeting planners to consider the (city) and to bring groups here, which they are not doing right now,” said Ambrish Baisiwala, chairman and CEO of Portman Holdings, the project developer.

“It gives us another layer of sophistication when it comes to attracting bigger and better shows to the state of Utah that helps the entire area. Utah’s going to take a better step in terms of prominence on the national stage because of a facility like this,” added Ben Hart, deputy director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

“People that hadn’t considered the state before are now going to say, ‘I need to look at Utah, I need to be in Utah for these conventions.’ That’s what kind of prominence this new centre is going to give us.”