Museum developing hotel to support educational mission, enhance visitor experience; set to join Hilton’s Curio Collection
NEW ORLEANS (December 8, 2017) – The National WWII Museum and its Board of Trustees officially broke ground on The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. The 230-room Hotel, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will operate as part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands. The first Curio Collection hotel in Louisiana, the property will support the Museum’s expanding educational programs while offering guests the unique experience of full-service hotel accommodations with a convenient way to maximize their time at the Museum.
As The National WWII Museum expands its offerings of conferences, symposia, and student and teacher residential programs, the need for a conference center and nearby hotel accommodations has become clear. Recently ranked the No. 2 museum in the world and No. 2 in the country by the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards, the institution has also developed into a national and international travel destination. Due to this need for meeting space and increase in worldwide reputation, the Museum Board of Trustees established World War II Theatre, Inc., a wholly owned special purpose entity, and retained Hostmark Hospitality Group to manage a hotel and conference center that will support the Museum’s mission and growth.
“We fundamentally believe that a dedicated space to host educational programs for students, teachers, enthusiasts, corporate groups, reunion groups, and military is a core component of what we should have here at the Museum,” said Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO of the Museum.
Named after Higgins Industries shipbuilder Andrew Higgins, the property will be inspired by the war era and feature a striking art deco style designed by renowned architects Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates from Coral Gables, Florida, and interior design firm Kay Lang + Associates from Los Angeles. In addition to 230 guest rooms, the property will feature a second-floor conference center with more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, including a sophisticated boardroom and five meeting rooms bearing names related to the content and themes of World War II. Six levels of donor underwriting opportunities are available ranging from conference meeting rooms to individual guest suites and rooms.
“The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center will be a great addition to Louisiana and the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio,” said Bill Fortier, Senior Vice President, Development, Americas, Hilton. “The property will provide guests a truly unique and historical experience. As a new build property, we are excited that we have officially broken ground and look forward to opening in 2019.”
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