NEW ORLEANS — The National World War II Museum’s latest expansion is getting under way in New Orleans.

A Friday morning ceremony marked the groundbreaking for the museum’s new hotel and conference center.

A news release from the museum says the project is aimed at serving an increasing number of tourists, students and educators.

The facility will be called the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, named for Andrew Higgins, the New Orleans boat builder whose landing craft played an important role in World War II.

The 239-room hotel is scheduled for completion in 2019. The museum says it will operate as one of Hilton’s Curio hotels.

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