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21c Museum Hotels Recieves 2014 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award

PRESS RELEASE – 21c Museum Hotels has been presented with a 2014 Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure magazine in the Culture categoryThe 2014 Global Vision Awards recognize hotels, tour operators, airlines and innovators that are transforming the way travelers see the world, now and in the future.  The awards were juried by a distinguished group including Bonnie Burnham, president and CEO of the World Monuments Fund; Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize–winning economist and Anya Schiffrin, director of Columbia University’s media and advocacy program, and others. Winners are named in categories that include Sustainability, Culture, Conservation, Community, and Leadership.  Conservancy Safaris Namibia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Naked Stables Private Reserve in China are among this year’s honorees. The full list of 2014 Global Vision Award winners is featured on and in the November issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

“We are thrilled to be included in this group of organizations that share our missions of community building and preservation,” said Steve Wilson, Founder and CEO of 21c Museum Hotels. “My wife and I started 21c to create a new kind of travel and cultural experience, with the belief that contemporary art can engage communities locally and connect them to the global conversation. We are excited to see the positive effects of our efforts within the communities we operate in, and we look forward to bringing the 21c experience to new markets.”

Recognized by Travel + Leisure as an “an innovative hotel brand turning unexpected American cities into art-driven destinations,” 21c Museum Hotels was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors who sought to marry their passion for urban revitalization with their vision of integrating contemporary art into daily life.  21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, thoughtful design, and culinary creativity — all anchored by a contemporary art museum that is open free of charge to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company operates properties in Louisville, Cincinnati, and Bentonville, Arkansas, and historic renovations under construction in Durham and Lexington.  The company is also developing hotels in Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Nashville.  With over 30,000 square feet of contemporary art exhibition space across the three current properties, 21c presents thought-provoking exhibitions and collaborates with local arts organizations and non-profits to create a full roster of cultural programming.

In early 2015, 21c Museum Hotel Durham will launch in the rehabilitated Historic Hill building on North Corcoran Street, and will feature 125 guest rooms, 10,500 square feet of contemporary art exhibition space, and Counting House restaurant.

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About 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville, Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in 2006 along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street, rehabilitating a series of 19th century warehouses. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, thoughtful design and culinary creativity — all anchored by a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c currently operates hotels in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH and Bentonville, AR. A hotel is under construction in Durham, NC (opening first quarter of 2015) and Lexington, KY and projects are under development in Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO and Nashville, TN. The company is equally focused on creating unique, chef-driven restaurants that are as much a part of the community as the hotel. Currently, 21c operates a diverse roster of restaurants including Proof on Main, located in 21c Louisville; Metropole, located in 21c Cincinnati; The Hive, located in 21c Bentonville and Garage Bar in Louisville, KY.


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Stephanie Greene
21c Museum Hotels