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Hospitality Management Corporation to Manage 693 room Astor Crowne Plaza
in New Orleans, Peter Ambros Returns as General Manager
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Dallas, Texas – January 29, 2009 - Leo Spriggs, President/CEO of Hospitality Management Corporation, has announced that the newly renovated Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans has been added to HMC’s portfolio of managed properties.
 
“We are very proud to add this great New Orleans hotel to our portfolio of hotel properties,” said Spriggs.  “As a major convention hotel with an enviable address for all visitors, we are delighted to become part of the New Orleans hospitality industry and local community.” 

Opened in 2002 in the tradition of New Orleans’ grand hotels, the Astor Crowne Plaza has just completed an $11 million renovation of its 693 rooms, including 28 spacious suites, a new, expanded business center and health club facility, public spaces and meeting rooms to restore the property to its original luster.  Located at the Gateway to the French Quarter where Canal Street meets Bourbon Street, the Astor Crowne Plaza’s strategic location is in the heart of downtown.  The address also serves as home to the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House restaurant, one of the most popular dining establishments in New Orleans.  Part of the collection of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, the hotel offers 32,000 square feet of flexible, elegant meeting space, and outdoor balconies overlooking the action of Bourbon, Canal and Iberville streets.  The Astor Crowne Plaza offers easy access to nearby attractions including Royal Street shopping and the entertainment of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the newly restored streetcars along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, Harrah’s Casino, the Aquarium of the Americas, Jackson Square, Morial Convention Center, Riverwalk Shopping, the New Orleans Sports Arena, and the Superdome.

Peter Ambros, a European trained hotel executive with an esteemed career in the hospitality industry, served as the opening general manager of the hotel, and has returned to assume that post once again.  Ambros lead the Astor Crowne Plaza’s team during and following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, when he and his staff took in, sheltered, and fed over two thousand people in the hotel at the height of the hurricane crisis.  Ambros received a special humanitarian award from IHG for his outstanding service during this difficult time in New Orleans. 

Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC), founded in 1971, is a privately owned independent management company, and is one of the oldest independent hotel management firms in the lodging industry.  For over three decades, HMC has provided hotel management services for third party institutional and private owners.  The company’s headquarters has been located in Dallas, Texas since its inception.  For more information on HMC, please visit our website at www.hospitalitymgt.com.

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Contact:

Janice Branham
branham@hospitalitymgt.com
 

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Also See: Prism Hotels Selected to Manage the 707-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor -- New Orleans; The Hotel Recently Acquired by RREEF and Loeb Partners Realty LLC / September 2007
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