SHORTER, AL (WSFA) - The ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Oasis Hotel at Victoryland in Shorter is only the beginning of things to come.
"We'll be able to handle any kind of association meeting, any kind of conference, and any kind of entertainment," says Victoryland owner, Milton McGregor.
Behind tall wooden doors down the hall from the hotel lobby is a construction zone and a plan for an 80,000 sq. ft conference center and 1500-seat performing arts center.
McGregor says the size isn't the only thing that's big.
"We're going to have some of the top named entertainers in the country," says McGregor.
Allen Sanders at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center is keeping a close eye on the developments at the Oasis.
"Competition is good. It's around us everyday," says Sanders.
He knows he's competing for top attractions.
"If somebody's playing 45 minutes from here, it's not going to be good for the other venue to get that same entertainment," says Sanders.
The management at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival says the venue draws a different audience and they aren't worried.
But they say just in case, they're considering new ways to spread the word about ASF.
McGregor says the more venues the better.
"Once you get in entertainment circuitry like that, you can attract more entertainers at a reasonable price."
They're options one Tuskegee resident thinks will only be a plus for locals and the entertainment industry.
"Competition makes for better business, ya know? It draws a lot more people in and people have a choice of which one they want to go to," says Noah Hopkins.
Now that the hotel is open McGregor expects the conference and performing arts center to open this spring.
They already have Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson booked.