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Hyatt to build first branded hotel in Nebraska

- Judy Maxwell (Assistant Editor)
The Old Market area of Omaha is the city's center of arts, entertainment and fine dining.

 

Groundbreaking for the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska got under way June 20.

The 10-story Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market will cost about $27m to build.

Once open in 2014, the 159-room hotel is expected to create about 50 full-time jobs in Omaha. The city 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.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman attended the ground-breaking ceremony with Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Greater Omaha Chamber President David Brown. ‘Downtown Omaha is a good location, being the Home of the College World Series and nationally recognized Henry Doorly Zoo,’ Heineman said. ‘I want to offer my congratulations to everyone who played a role in this project.’

Suttle said the hotel ‘will bring additional economic benefits to the city,’ in particular the Old Market area, Omaha’s developing arts and entertainment center.

‘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.’

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