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Hilton expands in India and China

Hilton Hotels Corporation and its joint venture company with DLF will develop 10 hotel projects in India, under the full service Hilton brand, business hotel brand, Hilton Garden Inn and long stay brand…

Hilton Hotels Corporation and its joint venture company with DLF will develop 10 hotel projects in India, under the full service Hilton brand, business hotel brand, Hilton Garden Inn and long stay brand, Homewood Suites by Hilton.

This move marks the first stage of development for the Hilton-DLF joint venture company which will culminate

in the opening of the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Saket in 2008.

Ian Carter, executive vice president and CEO Hilton International Operations was in Delhi and commented, “We are delighted with the substantial progress of our joint venture company with DLF in India. Having identified 20 key sites in India, we are moving quickly toward to realizing our goal of becoming a household name in India in the next 5 years, with the first 10 hotel projects underway. We are very confident in our partnership with DLF”.

The first 10 sites where the Hilton-DLF joint venture will open hotels are as follows:

  1. Hilton Garden Inn, Saket
  2. Hilton Garden Inn Rohini, New Delhi
  3. Hilton Garden Inn Mysore, Karnataka
  4. Hilton Whitefield Bangalore
  5. Hilton Kolkata
  6. Hilton Garden Inn Bhubaneshwar
  7. Homewood Suites Bhubaneshwar
  8. Hilton Garden Inn Hyderabad
  9. Homewood Suites Hyderabad
  10. Hilton Goa Convention Centre

In line with thje company`s strategy, Hilton Hotels Corporation has recently named plans to open 1,000 hotels in the USA in the next 5 years and 1,000 hotels outside North America in the next 10 years. A key area of focus for development is the Indian market, where the Company aims to develop and own 50 to 75 hotels here over the next 5 to 7 years thorough its partnership with DLF, India’s largest developer.

The Hilton-DLF joint venture will focus on 3 Hilton Family brands, including the flagship Hilton, business brand, Hilton Garden Inn and long stay brand Homewood Suites.

Koos Klein, President Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific, was also in Delhi and said, “With huge growing demand for hotel room supply in India, there is great potential for Hilton to tap this opportunity, particularly now that we have partnered with the country’s largest developer. We are conducting extensive research into what the Indian business traveler wants on the road and these insights will help us customize short and long stay business hotel prototype concepts for the Indian traveler’s needs. We aim to define the business hotel segment in India”.

In addition to Hilton Hotels’ plans to open properties through its joint venture with DLF, the Company will manage 5 new properties scheduled to open in India in the next two years. This will include Shilim Retreat by Hilton, Hilton Bangalore, Hilton Residences Bangalore, Hilton Chennai and Hilton Hyderabad.

Hilton signs two new hotel management agreements in China

Hilton Hotels Corporation continues the expansion of its upscale Doubletree hotel collection in China with the signing of agreements to manage the Doubletree by Hilton Beijing and the Doubletree by Hilton Kunshan. Both properties are scheduled to open in 2008.

Koos Klein, president – Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific, said, “The strength and appeal of Doubletree hotels lies in their versatility. Whether it is a city centre conversion project, large new build development or destination resort, Doubletree by Hilton delivers a unique blend of contemporary design with informal and friendly service within the upscale sector. This is enabling us to take advantage of a number of different development opportunities as we look to grow in China’s primary and secondary cities and respond to the growing demand among corporate and leisure travelers for quality accommodations across China”.

Doubletree by Hilton Beijing: Hilton signed a long-term agreement with China Overseas Real Estate Development Corporation (CORED) to manage the Doubletree by Hilton Beijing. The hotel will be located in the southwest quarter of the city on Guanganmenwai Street.

“This development expands our offerings in Beijing, where we already operate a full-service Hilton Beijing on the Third Ring Road. Given the scale of the Beijing market and its increasing in-bound tourism in the run up to the 2008 Olympics, we see great potential to introduce several more of our Hilton Family brands to the Beijing market, from luxury through to mid-market and economy accommodation. This Doubletree by Hilton hotel is the first step on that roadmap”, said Mr Klein.

Mr Wang Yonghe, Chairman of the Board of China Overseas Real Estate Development Corporation, said, “We are happy to appoint Hilton to manage our property. We strongly believe that Doubletree by Hilton Beijing will add something new to the city and fairly good financial results to our project as well”.

Doubletree by Hilton Kunshan: Owned by Kunshan Guangting Property Co. Ltd., the new Doubletree by Hilton Kunshan will be located in the town of Huaqiao which is located between Shanghai and Suzhou.

“This ongoing expansion in the China hotel market is an incredible new chapter for our Doubletree hotel collection. We continue to attract considerable interest from hotel owners and management companies across North America, and now the world, as they discover Doubletree has quickly become one of the most dynamic brands in the upscale, full-service hotel market today,” said Dave Horton, senior vice president – brand management for Doubletree Hotels.

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