The Austin, Texas, area is in line for more than a dozen hotels in the next two to three years, potentially putting an end to a shortage of rooms that tourism officials say has kept the city from landing many lucrative conventions in recent years.

Combined, the hotels could make 4,000 or more additional rooms available for out-of-towners, also easing space crunches that occur during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest, Formula 1 events and University of Texas football games.

Photo Credit: Queens of the Stone Age perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2007. Thousands of new hotel rooms are on the way, signaling Austin's readiness to host more festivals and business meetings. Bruce Turner /