First Delaware Westin opens

PM Hospitality Strategies along with officials from a joint-venture ownership group comprised of Buccini/Pollin Group and Westport Capital, have opened the 180-room Westin Wilmington in Delaware.

The hotel is connected to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The hotel is the first Westin-branded hotel in the state and the first new-build hotel in Wilmington since 1980. PMHS will operate the hotel under a long-term agreement.

"The opening is another important step in the revitalization of Wilmington's riverfront, and we are delighted to play a role," said Joseph Bojanowski, president of PMHS. "This project has allowed us to showcase all of our management skills from planning to brand selection, from construction oversight to pre-opening.  With the opening of this four-star hotel, Wilmington and the Chase Center are well positioned to be major players in the meetings and convention industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

“The new Westin may well be the most important Wilmington project in recent memory," said Michael Purzycki, executive director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, the state-funded, non-profit corporation which owns and operates the Chase Center.  "A catalyst for Chase Center business, it is a symbol of Riverfront’s dynamic future, and surely will further enhance Wilmington’s reputation as an attractive, regional visitor destination.”

Combined with the adjacent Chase Center on the Riverfront, the hotel/convention center complex has a total of 92,000 square feet of conference space and a 24-hour business center.
 

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