CHICAGO (June 20, 2012) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the groundbreaking today for the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska, Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market. The investment of Hyatt affiliates in the purchase of the land and the construction of the hotel, which Hyatt affiliates will own and manage, will total approximately $27 million. Once open, the hotel is expected to create about 50 full-time jobs in Omaha, which is also home to the Worldwide Reservation Center for all Hyatt-branded hotels worldwide. The reservation center has grown from 14 associates in 1972 to 650 associates today and provides reservation assistance, customer service and sales support for Hyatt-branded hotels seven days a week, 365 days a year.
"I am delighted to welcome the first Hyatt property to our state," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "Downtown Omaha is a good location, being the Home of the College World Series and nationally recognized Henry Doorly Zoo. I want to offer my congratulations to everyone who played a role in this project. This collaboration is another reason why Nebraska is the ideal place to live, to work, and to raise a family."
Governor Heineman, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, and Greater Omaha Chamber President David Brown joined Hyatt executives and other dignitaries at the Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market hotel site today to celebrate the kick off of construction of the new hotel, which is slated to open in 2014.
“We welcome this significant investment in Omaha,” said Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. “We are glad we were able to work very closely with Hyatt to help bring to Omaha the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska. We look forward to the hotel’s grand opening, which we know will bring many additional economic benefits to the city.”
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market will have 159 rooms in a stand-alone, ten-story building with self-contained parking, located at the northwest corner of Jackson Street and 12th Street. The hotel, designed by the Chicago office of the DLR Group, will be situated amidst Omaha’s arts and entertainment center that features fine dining, shopping, corporate meeting facilities, and upscale nightlife. Woodbine Development is overseeing the development of the project on behalf of Hyatt affiliates, with Hawkins Construction as General Contractor.
“This project provided us with a unique opportunity in a city that is already very significant to Hyatt,” said Kevin Schramm, vice president of development for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market will be a valuable addition to the expanding roster of urban Hyatt Place locations, and we look forward to introducing this innovative brand to the city.”
“We’ve seen a downtown Omaha revitalization within the last decade, especially with the addition of major developments like the Holland Performing Arts Center, CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park. Now we will add Hyatt Place to the ever-growing list and we are proud to have played a role,” said Greater Omaha Chamber President David G. Brown. “Hyatt’s investment and job creation speaks volumes about the strength of our economy and the appeal of the Old Market area.”
Currently, there are 167 Hyatt Place hotels in operation in the United States, with more than 35 announced projects under development throughout the U.S., China, Europe, Southwest Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
ABOUT HYATT PLACE
Launched in 2006, Hyatt Place brings to the upscale select-service hotel category the authentic hospitality for which Hyatt is known. Inspired by multitasking travelers’ 24/7 lifestyle, Hyatt Place combines stylish design and practical amenities with forward-thinking technology and purposeful service. Spacious guestrooms feature multiple areas to work and relax, and include the Cozy Corner, an eight-foot sectional sofa sleeper; plush Hyatt Grand Bed; and ergonomic work center.
Every guestroom is also equipped with a state-of-the-art media center that allows electronic devices to plug directly into the 42-inch, high-definition television, giving guests instant access to the technological amenities they’re accustomed to accessing at home or in the office.
Hyatt Place hotels also feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, a StayFit@Hyatt fitness center, a coffee and wine bar serving specialty coffees and premium wine and beer, and a Grab ’n Go case stocked with freshly made sandwiches and salads. The Guest Kitchen offers made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées around the clock, in addition to the a.m. Kitchen SkilletTM, a complimentary continental breakfast served daily. Specially trained Hosts are on hand to offer assistance with everything from directions to check-in to a freshly made meal.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Vacation Club®, which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of March 31, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 488 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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