TOTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has realized its plan to open a hotel to benefit students of a hospitality school. The Courtyard by Marriott Las Cruces opened in July on 2.7 acres owned by New Mexico State University.
Prakash Sudaram, president and CEO of Total Management Systems, had worked with college and municipal officials for several years to build the upscale full-service hotel. Construction began in October 2017.
Total Management Systems partnered with Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group to develop the hotel. The owners lease the land from the college.
Total Management Systems manages the 126-room property and has formed a partnership with the university’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management School.
Staff at the hotel and with Total Management Systems will lecture in various hospitality classes and students will receive hands-on learning and the opportunity to apply for internships and paid jobs at the campus property as well as other Total Management Systems hotels.
Amy Miller, general manager of the hotel, is a graduate of the school. She has 20 years’ experience in hotel management and hospitality.
The Courtyard by Marriott is a brand designed to serve business travelers.
The hotel also is next to the Las Cruces Convention Center, which is undergoing a $5 million expansion.