Las Cruces hotel rooms fill up ahead of Branson space launch


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Five days before British billionaire Sir Richard Branson launched into space, his team have booked half of the hotel rooms at the Ramada Hotel in Las Cruces, staff confirmed .

“It’s exciting!” said Maryann Costa, administrative assistant at the hotel. “Everyone is like, ‘Yeah! This is going to be awesome!'”

She hopes to know on Wednesday whether her hotel will host Branson himself.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure,” said Costa. “I think Las Cruces deserves the kind of attention we’re going to get from it.”

Across town, a receptionist at the Encanto Hotel told ABC-7 by phone that the hotel would be closed this weekend for construction. When an ABC-7 team pulled into the lobby, all of the staff ignored the questions and returned to an office behind the reception.

In the parking lot, another person also declined to say whether the Encanto Hotel accommodates visitors to the Spaceport.

“I know that,” he said, but “I can’t tell you anything.”

ABC-7 approached another man with a Unity 22 thong and attempted to ask if he was associated with Spaceport. When an ABC-7 staff member started recording, he grabbed the cell phone and said it was “inappropriate”.

There are more than 3,100 hotel and motel rooms across the city, according to data shared with ABC-7 by Visit Las Cruces. The visitor center did not yet have an estimate of the number of out-of-town guests who will visit this weekend.

“This launch will give us a good indication for future launches,” said Pahl Dahlgren, spokesperson for Visit Las Cruces. “We know that this event will generate a lot of interest nationally and internationally.

In 2019, the city had around 750,000 visitors spending nearly $ 200 a day, Dahlgren said.

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