WHITEHORSE — A ground-breaking ceremony was held recently to mark the beginning of a new hotel project in Whitehorse — the first to be built in the city since 1971, according to CBC News.

The Raven Inn, a 57-room hotel and condo building, is expected to answer a growing demand for lodgings following an uptick in tourism in recent years. Kurt Mehnert, GM and co-owner of the new venture, says, given the difficulty in finding accommodations in the summertime, the move was a no-brainer given the demand and lack of vacancies.

Yukon had a record-breaking year in 2017, according to a tourism report from the provincial government, which also found that overall tourism-sector revenues increased 7.5 per cent in 2017 over 2016.

The new hotel — which will feature a restaurant — is scheduled to open in the second half of 2019. Designed to include historic Klondike Gold Rush architecture, Mehnert expects the hotel to embody the spirit of the city.


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