In 2019, groups will have a new place to stay when visiting The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The museum recently broke ground on The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.
The National WWII Museum, a national and international travel destination, has been ranked as the No. 2 museum in the world and the No. 2 museum in the country by the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award. It continues to expand its variety of conferences, symposia, and student and teacher residential programs.
President and CEO Stephen J. Watson notes the need for a conference center and nearby hotel accommodations has become clear. "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."
The full-service Higgins Hotel & Conference Center will operate as part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton and be the first of its kind in Louisiana. Inspired by the war era, the property will feature a striking art deco style designed by renowned architects Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and interior design firm Kay Lang + Associates.
In addition to 230 guest rooms, the hotel will feature a second-floor conference center with more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, including a boardroom and five meeting rooms bearing names related to WWII content and themes.
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center's profits will be distributed to The National WWII Museum to build its endowment and educational mission.
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.
Photo Courtesy of The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.