February 24, 2020, St. Louis Region – Lodging Hospitality Management, a proven leader in the hospitality industry, has renewed its sponsorship with World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The St. Louis company owns and operates the $187 million family entertainment destination at St. Louis Union Station, featuring the St. Louis Aquarium, St. Louis Wheel, and a variety of additional attractions and restaurants. Union Station also is home to the 567-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton.
As a lodging partner for the past six years, LHM and WWTR’s leadership have enjoyed a prosperous relationship. The agreement for the 2020 season again will have a heavy focus on the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR race weekend. Fans should look for special ticket packages and promotions.
“Lodging Hospitality Management and their excellent properties have been a tremendous supporter of World Wide Technology Raceway for years and we are happy to have them continue with us as our schedule continues to evolve,” said Curtis Francois, WWTR Owner and CEO. “We take pride in being able to offer our track guests the finest in accommodations, whether it’s downtown St. Louis or in Southwestern Illinois. Their properties and attractions are always of extreme interest and demand to race fans looking for the perfect weekend getaway.”
“Lodging Hospitality Management is proud to have partnered with the speedway for a number of years,” said LHM Chairman and CEO Robert O’Loughlin. “The raceway provides significant value and exciting entertainment for the St. Louis area as another award-winning attraction for residents and visitors to St. Louis. We are proud to be a partner as we introduce the new attractions at St. Louis Union Station, including the St. Louis Aquarium and the St. Louis Wheel. As WWTR continues to provide more motorsports programming, we look forward to the way it will enhance tourism to our region.”
For tickets and additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 380 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. WWTR acquired Gateway National Golf Links, adjacent to the speedway property, in 2019. WWTR was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.
About Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM)
LHM has recently celebrated the opening of its $187 million family entertainment destination at St. Louis Union Station, featuring the St.Louis Aquarium, St. Louis Wheel and a variety of additional attractions and restaurants. Union Station also is home to the 567-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton. The National Historic Landmark rail station opened to the public in 1894 and was originally the biggest and busiest train terminal in the nation.
Under LHM’s ownership, the St. Louis Union Station Hotel’s guest rooms, meeting and event space and the elegant Grand Hall have been fully renovated. The hotel offers the largest amount of exhibit and ballroom space of any hotel in St. Louis.
The Aquarium is a signature element of LHM’s renovation of Union Station into a family entertainment destination. More than 13,000 animals call the Aquarium home, including more than 60 sharks and rays. Fish and mammals from the rivers and oceans of the world enthrall guests 365 days a year. Its environments have been created in more than a million gallons of water in the 120,000-square-foot, two-story space. In addition to its position as America’s newest Aquarium, it is also one of the most high-tech and high-touch aquariums in the U.S.
Established in 1986, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) is an independently owned and operated lodging and hospitality management company. The largest privately held hotel company in the St. Louis region with 5,000 guest rooms, LHM has expanded its portfolio over the past 28 years to include 17 hotel properties including upscale, independent and brand-affiliated hotels, eight restaurants and two commercial properties. LHM has acquired and repositioned such iconic hotels and real estate as the Hilton at the Ballpark which features Three Sixty, one of the 10 Best Rooftop Bars in the World and Union Station, which offers the Polar Express holiday train ride and the award-winning 3-D light show in the Grand Hall in addition to the Aquarium, 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel observation Wheel, the St. Louis Ropes Course, Carousel and mini-golf. Other LHM properties include The Cheshire Inn, with restaurants Boundary and Basso, The Fox and Hounds Tavern and Starbucks; and St. Louis’ Westport Plaza where LHM operates two hotels and Westport Social, a game bar and restaurant featuring hoops, bocce, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong and many other sports activities.
LHM contributes heavily to the St. Louis region in philanthropic ways by supporting the St. Louis Zoo, Police Foundation, Logos School, Pathways to Independence, United Way, The Boy Scouts, the American Cancer Society, and many other charitable entities. For more information, visit www.lhmc.com.