There is a hotel building boom in Lynchburg but hospitality experts are debating whether rapid hotel expansion may not bode well for the industry’s local viability. Some argue that with city’s recent tourism industry shakeup, in the wake of current data that showed the occupancy rates for the Lynchburg area’s existing hotels at just above 61 percent rate through the first three quarters of 2013—the two factors will make a difference. The figure is consistent with state and national averages but lower than cities like Charlottesville and Arlington. The new tourism program will be established as an internal city department; the growth in hospitality and future funding are expected to be discussed by city officials in the spring.