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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Announces Austin Debut With New Conference Hotel
Publish Date :01-Jun-2012
TORONTO June 01, 2012
~ Luxury Brand to Open Fairmont Austin in 2015 ~
豪华酒店品牌费尔蒙酒店及度假村（“费尔蒙”）和 Manchester Texas Financial Group LLC (MTFG) 宣布签署一项有关费尔蒙管理于 2015 年开业全新城市中心酒店的协议。 Fairmont Austin 将坐落于奥斯汀会议中心的正东部，Cesar Chavez 和 Red River 街道交界处的东北角。
The $350 million concept will be crafted by the project’s architect, Gensler Austin, to accommodate additional upscale features reflective of Fairmont’s luxury design and service aesthetics.For example, the planned number of rooms will likely be reduced from 1,035 to approximately 1,000 – allowing for larger guestrooms and suites, explains Todd Runkle, managing director of Gensler Austin.
“Fairmont represents one of the strongest and most luxurious brands in the hospitality industry.Our alliance with Fairmont will establish a new high water mark for convention center hotels industry-wide,” said Doug Manchester, president of MTFG.“We diligently set out to find the right operator that was willing to go above and beyond with a special vision tailored for the Austin market.Fairmont is doing just that.”
The 50-story hotel, which features over 70,000 square feet of function space, will rise approximately 580 feet, making it the second largest structure on downtown Austin’s skyline, which is currently dominated by the 56-story, 680-foot Austonian.The project will mark Fairmont’s second hotel in Texas and join The Fairmont Dallas, located in the heart of the Downtown Arts District.
“For over a century, Fairmont has been host to legendary meetings and special events across the globe and we are excited to bring our broad range of experience in the meetings arena to this project,” said Jennifer Fox, President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “Austin is currently seeing tremendous interest and growth in the convention market and with its reputation as a dynamic, vibrant capital city will be a great addition to our portfolio.”
The project will generate approximately $6 million in hotel occupancy tax and contribute $4 million in annual property tax, most of which will go to the Waller Creek TIF (tax increment financing) district.It will add roughly 1,000 permanent jobs to the Austin market, not including jobs generated during the construction project.
The hotel’s design encompasses a number of green building elements and will seek LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an environmentally progressive positioning that complements Fairmont’s industry leading philosophy of operational sustainability and responsible tourism. More than two decades ago, Fairmont was the first hotel company to adopt a comprehensive environmental program and more recently became the first luxury brand to address climate change by pledging to significantly reduce CO2 emissions worldwide.
The luxury brand’s Green Partnership Program focuses on sustainability, mainly improvements in the areas of waste management, energy and water conservation, as well as community outreach through local groups and partnerships.Initiatives include a green conferencing solution dubbed Eco-Meet, recycling and organic waste diversion in the hotels' kitchens, retrofitting energy efficient lighting, purchasing green power, sourcing sustainable seafood, creating rooftop herb gardens at properties and redistributing food and gently used goods to those in need.
About Manchester Texas Financial Group, LLC
Manchester Texas Financial Group, LLC manages all Texas-based holdings in commercial real estate and hotel development for Manchester Financial Group.The company’s first project is a luxury convention center hotel in Austin, Texas, where the firm is based.It is a subsidiary of Manchester Financial Group, a San Diego-based hotel and commercial property development firm.Founded in 1970, Manchester Financial Group has developed more than $2 billion in assets in 11 states, employing approximately 3,000 people nationally.有关更多信息：http://manchesterfinancialgroup.com/.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.这一豪华品牌旗下的独特酒店竭力凭借文化遗产、精致、温暖、热情服务和丰富多彩的文化体验来营造与众不同的别样氛围。作为社区和环境方面的领先者，费尔蒙还以其负责任的旅游业实践和屡获殊荣的“绿色合作伙伴”计划在国际上备受赞誉。费尔蒙是 FRHI Holdings Limited 旗下的一家全球领先酒店企业，经营着 100 家费尔蒙、佛莱士和瑞士酒店品牌酒店。同时，公司业务还管理费尔蒙、佛莱士和瑞士酒店品牌的公寓俱乐部、全资所有公寓以及服务型公寓酒店。有关更多信息：www.fairmont.com.