Hilton Baton Rouge

A survey of hotel operators found that 67% said their business will only be able to last six more months at current projected revenue and occupancy rates, unless they get further assistance from the government.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association said it polled more than 1,000 hotel owners, operators and employees a week ago about the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center said the downturn in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic has led to the layoff of 93 employees at the downtown hotel.

Officials with Prism Hospitality, the Dallas-based company that manages the hotel, notified the Louisiana Workforce Commission of the impending layoffs in a letter sent July 15. The workers will be fired on September 20.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the hospitality industry. Like many other hotels, we have been forced to lay off many from our hotel staff," said Kimberlee Houston, Prism's corporate director of human resources, in an e-mail statement. "While our hotel is still open and taking great care of our guests, it is our hope, with time, that our business will grow so that we again employ many of the great people in this city."

Twenty-five critical employees will remain at the hotel, Prism said.

The Hilton, located at 201 Lafayette St., reopened in 2006 and was seen as a key step in the redevelopment of downtown Baton Rouge.

In New Orleans, 2,300 hotel workers' jobs are unlikely to return this year because of the measures taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic, several big-name hotels have told the LWC.

Among the largest, with job losses of more than 400 each, were the Sheraton, the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton, all on Canal Street.


Email Timothy Boone at tboone@theadvocate.com.