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NMSU breaks ground on campus hotel

NMSU broke ground on its campus hotel Thursday afternoon.{ }

NMSU officially broke ground Thursday afternoon for its on-campus hotel, a Courtyard by Marriott.

"We're most exited about this project because developing a third-party hotel property on campus for the benefit of the community as well as our students is something that's been in the works for years," NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said.

The hotel will be in an empty lot just west of the Las Cruces Convention Center. The city hopes the hotel can bring in additional conventions to Las Cruces.

Carruthers said the hotel will give a unique opportunity for students at NMSU's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

"It'll be good for recruiting students when you can demonstrate you come to work here, you'll get experience and then you put it on your resume," Carruthers said. "If you want to be in the industry, it's a step up."

Developer Prakash Sundaram said that real-world experience will follow students after they graduate.

"It'll give students real-world opportunities to learn about the hospitality industry," Sundaram said. "(Students will be) able to walk away saying, 'Hey, I've worked in a Marriott Courtyard,' (and it) can open doors and get them a job probably anywhere in the world or anywhere Marriott has a hotel."

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and the project will take approximately 18 months to complete.

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