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New N'awlins hotel has black investors.

The debut of New Orleans' International House wasn't just another hotel opening. It's the city's first boutique hotel and the first major Crescent City hotel to have African American investors, according to the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. Its staff is also roughly 70% African American. Local businessman Keith Pittman, owner of the restaurant supply company the Pittman Group, and Los Angeles-based actor Hill Harper, invested approximately 10%, according to developer Sean Cummings, in the $11.5 million SAGE Hospitalities Resources project.

The 119-room hotel incorporates New Orleans crafts and culture, and much of the furniture is by local artisans. Each room is decorated with Louisiana wildflowers, a ceiling fan, black and white photos of jazz legends and 19th century furnishings, including a replica of an armoire designed by black furniture maker Pierre Charles Dutreiul Barjon. Business travelers will appreciate the two-line speaker phones with voice mail, dedicated dataport for Internet and e-mail access, and stereo with CD player and complimentary jazz CDs. Standard rooms are $189 to $289 per night, while suites range from $359-$439.

International House (800-633-5770 or www.ihhotel.com), is in the historic central business district at 221 Camp Street, two blocks from the French Quarter.
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Title Annotation:New Orleans, Louisiana's International House
Author:Brown, Ann
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U7LA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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