Rainmaker Hospitality leadership, tourism officials from West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio, and representatives of the West Chester Liberty Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 12 take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the development site of Ohio’s first avid hotel.

RAINMAKER HOSPITALITY IS building a $10 million avid hotel in Butler County, Ohio. It will be the first of the IHG midscale brand in the state.

Sunil Patel is president of Rainmaker Hospitality, based in Lexington, Kentucky.

The three-story hotel is going up in West Chester Township, which is experiencing growth in population and business investment. The midscale hotel will have 95 rooms.

Ketan Patel, vice president of development at Rainmaker, is quoted in the Journal-News as saying the company had been watching West Chester Township market for a long time. The hotel is on track to open in the first quarter of next year.

Rainmaker and local officials expect one of the hotel’s main business drivers will be a 40-acre sports center called Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mills. The $144 million center is going up on a brownfields site where a paper mill once operated.

The mega-sports complex is about 12 miles from the avid hotel site. It is expected to open in 2021. It will include a fitness center, sports medicine facilities, a hotel, restaurants, brewery, meeting and event space, and other entertainment venues, according to local news reports.

InterContinental Hotels Group launched avid hotels in 2017. As of June, it had three avid hotels open and 195 in the pipeline.

So far, Asian American hoteliers have been driving the development of the brand. Champion Hotels of Oklahoma City built the first two avid hotels in Oklahoma City. It also joined Hi-Tech Hospitality in developing an avid hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Champak “Champ” Patel is founder and CEO of Champion Hotels. Jayesh “Jay” Jain is CEO of Hi-Tech Hospitality.

In Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Hilliard Hotel Group, led by Sujay Mehta, is planning to build 92-room avid hotel. A McDonald’s restaurant was razed to make way for the hotel.

IHG has said nine more avid hotels will open before the end of this year, another in Oklahoma, two in Georgia, three in Texas and one each in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida.