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Hampton Inn considered for hospitality award

Despite being young in hotel years, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Artesia was considered for an award recently from the New Mexico Hospitality Association and the State of New Mexico. (Photo Courtesy of Hampton Inn-Hilton)

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ARTESIA — Artesia’s Hampton Inn & Suites maybe in its infancy, but the hotel was considered for an award recently from the New Mexico Hospitality Association and the State of New Mexico.

General Manager Tommy Salsberry said they were competing with other hotels from other parts of the state for the Limited Service Hotel of the Year. The award was presented by Booking.com.

Hampton Inns and Suites of Artesia, Holiday Inn and Suites Gallup East, Lundeen Inn of the Arts in Las Cruces and Comfort Suites in Gallup were up for the award.

According to information supplied by the New Mexico Hospitality Association, the award went to Lundeen Inn of the Arts.

Salsberry said the Hampton Inn & Suites has been in Artesia for nearly two years.

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“February of 2018 will be two years,” he said. “This is a fantastic accomplishment for this facility (and) for Artesia as well.”

For a number of years, hotel and motel rooms in Artesia were hard to come by. That has changed thanks to some new places that have opened up, including Hampton Inn & Suites.

“Hampton Inn Artesia is an 81-room facility,” Salsberry said. “The need was there for additional lodging for the oil and gas industry.”

He said recent oil and gas development near Carlsbad has forced some to spend the night in Artesia.

“The oil and gas industry is receding back into our area as Carlsbad has sellouts and no additional capacity for lodging that industry leads into Artesia and helps us out,” Salsberry said.

Salsberry said the additional lodgers that spend time and money in Artesia also contribute to the lodgers’ tax fund, which funds a lot of activities that take place in the area.

Salsberry also was asked if the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) has also created the need for additional rooms.

“There is a need there. They’ve slowed down as far as enrollees, but there is a rumor that they will be increasing enrollment,” Salsberry said.

“We have seen a jump in (FLETC) instructors coming to the area so with more instructors calls for more students in every field, so we’re hoping to capitalize off that as well,” he said.

Salsberry said Artesia is a central location for the tourists who want to take in some of the area attractions.

“When folks come out this way to take in Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands in Alamogordo, the UFO experience in Roswell and of course you have your mountain areas of Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, which makes for a great trip from Artesia,” he said.

Salsberry said the staff is also responsible for Hampton’s success during its short time in Artesia.

“We do employ up to 30 people at a given time, We’re in the month of November now and the industry has a tendency of slowing down during those later months in the year,” he said. “But, we haven’t seen it, we’re very fortunate and very grateful.”

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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