Post by CrimsonPhantom on Sept 19, 2018 10:25:46 GMT -7
A Courtyard Marriott hotel, located adjacent to the Las Cruces Convention Center, is currently under construction and will provide Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management students at New Mexico State University a direct line to professional expertise.
Work on the hotel began last October with an official groundbreaking ceremony after over 12 years of planning and negotiations, Scott Eschenbrenner, president of Aggie Development Inc., said. He explained that they were close to developing a hotel in 2008, but due to a struggling economy at the time, plans were postponed.
Total Management Systems, a hotel developing company, was chosen by ADI to join the project. Malini Perumal, senior vice president for sales, marketing and revenue management at Total Management Systems, said the hotel is on track to open in March 2019.
The company is also working with the HRTM department at NMSU to involve students. Perumal said members of the company including herself will begin guest lecturing in various classes in September. They will be speaking on topics such as development, selecting a franchise and the details of operation.
“Having a student that’s actually learning hospitality and to see them grow and hopefully one day become a general manager of a property or own their own hotel, we would like to develop people like that,” Perumal said.