Virgin building $80 million hotel in New Orleans

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Work is getting underway on a new $80 million Virgin Hotel, which will go up at the corner of Baronne and Lafayette streets in New Orleans' Warehouse District. 

Sir Richard Branson was in New Orleans to break ground on the 14-story, 225-room hotel.

At Virgin, we’re always breaking new ground.In the case of @VirginHotels, quite literally!

— Virgin (@Virgin) May 26, 2019

It is expected to open in 2021.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. says the Virgin Hotel New Orleans has been under development since 2015.  

"There are currently only two other Virgin Hotels, in Chicago and San Francisco.  New properties are also being planned in Dallas, Nashville, New York, Las Vegas and Edinburgh, Scotland," according to an email from GNO Inc. President & CEO Michael Hecht.

Branson said that New Orleans will be one of the Virgin Hotel destinations the company can promote through its new cruise line, which will debut its first ship out of Miami in 2020.

Virgin posted several pics of his visit to New Orleans.

What happened when @richardbranson went to @virginpulse #ThriveSummit in New Orleans

— Virgin (@Virgin) May 27, 2019

The average person spends around 90,000 hours working – one third of their life.Here’s @richardbranson on why work should be as enjoyable and beneficial as possible @virginpulse #ThriveSummit

— Virgin (@Virgin) May 26, 2019

.@virginhotels has broken ground and started construction on its hotel in New Orleans #NOLA

— Virgin (@Virgin) May 24, 2019