Three hotels on the east side of Austin's downtown are collaborating to manage their bookings and programming around the Austin Convention Center's upcoming redevelopment.

The gist

Fairmont Austin, Hilton Austin and Hotel Van Zandt announced their creation of the the Austin Red River Collection on April 16.

The new collaborative is intended to ensure that operations across the three properties, such as guest and event bookings, are maintained once the civic convention space is closed in early 2025. A multiyear construction project will see that facility rebuilt and opened in 2029.

“Austin’s Red River Collection is a response to the challenges our city will face during the Convention Center redevelopment and is a testament to our community-focused commitment to elevating the group travel landscape,” said Chris Guse, Hotel Van Zandt's general manager, in a statement. “This partnership embraces the collaborative, dynamic spirit of the city, harmonizing the strengths of three of Austin’s top hotels, while offering groups a diverse collection of experiences.”

The hotels' announcement stated the strategic hospitality plan could help individuals or organizations book rooms at one hotel, book meetings at another, and reserve a dining or music experience at the third.

Together, the three hotels house 2,168 rooms, more than 245,000 square feet of event space, nearly a dozen restaurants, and other venues and amenities.

The hoteliers' private partnership comes as city officials are considering how Austin can aid other businesses and venues in downtown's Red River Cultural District, whose members said they are facing several challenges, including the upcoming convention center closure.

More details are available through the hotel collective's website or by emailing [email protected].