The Georgia World Congress Center Authority has selected Hilton Hotels and Resorts as its headquarters hotel operator. In September, the GWCCA narrowed its search to Hilton and Hyatt Hotels Corporation, eliminating Marriott International and Inter-Continental Hotels Group, who were shortlisted from an original list of six contenders.
“We are thrilled to welcome another Hilton property to Atlanta’s extensive hotel portfolio,” says Mark Vaughan, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau executive vice president and chief sales officer. “The new property adds to downtown’s growing convention and entertainment district, creating more options for guests visiting the destination for events and meetings.”
Frank Poe, executive director of GWCCA, says, “We are humbled by the overwhelming interest in the headquarters hotel project. While the final two competing brands were both fantastic, our board felt strongly that Hilton stood out, bringing to the table a partnership that will result in a one-of-a-kind guest experience. Our attention is now focused on finalizing the qualified management agreement, a room block agreement and entering the design development phase to include brand influences.”
The planned hotel, which will sit on part of the former Georgia Dome site, will be owned by the GWCCA and be physically connected to Georgia World Congress Center’s Building C. Groundbreaking on the project is expected later this year.
Established in 1913, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the city and serves to favorably impact Atlanta’s economy through conventions and tourism. A private, not-for-profit organization, ACVB bolsters Atlanta’s $15 billion hospitality industry, which generated nearly 53 million visitors in 2017. For more info, visit https://www.atlanta.net/acvb/