Hilton News Breaks – Debut in Lake Las Vegas – Second Hotel to Abu Dhabi introduced – Opening of Hotel Tower in Hebei Province in China – Largest Hotel Operator in Turkey

McLean, Virginia, USA – 27 June 2013 – Hilton Worldwide revealed today breaking news from around the world. In Lake Las Vegas Hilton Hotels & Resorts makes his debut with the reflagging of Ravella at Lake Las Vegas as Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. In Summer 2013 the well-known hotel Abu Dhabi Al Maqta will rebrand and re-open as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand – the second property of Hilton Hotels in Abu Dhabi. In China started the newest property of Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province – the Hilton Shijiazhuang occupies 29 floors of the iconic 53-storey Kaiyuan Centre. And in Turkey Hilton Worldwide is now the largest hotel operator reaching 10,000 hotel rooms.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Makes Lake Las Vegas Debut
Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, today announced the opening of its latest resort property with the reflagging of Ravella at Lake Las Vegas as Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Located within the 3,600-acre Lake Las Vegas master-planned resort community, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean-inspired resort just 20 miles from the Las Vegas strip.

“The opening of this hotel provides an ideal retreat for guests who are looking for both the excitement and proximity to the Las Vegas strip and a tranquil place they can escape to and relax,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

An oasis in the desert, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa features upscale accommodations including 349 guest rooms and suites with views that capture the lake, mountains, Florentine Garden and pool. Guests can take advantage of the full range of leisure amenities including a 30,000 square foot full-service spa with 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, sauna, steam room and fitness center. The resort experience continues outdoors with a resort-sized pool featuring fully stocked cabanas, poolside dining at Lagoon Bar & Grill and access to a Jack Nicklaus golf course. For dining, the Medici Café and Terrace offers casual elegance in a garden-side setting and the Firenze Bar & Lounge is located in the lobby for tapas and cocktails.

With its Mediterranean flare and lakeside location, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa provides an array of indoor and outdoor event spaces for weddings, private events, executive meetings and corporate retreats. The resort features 92,459 square feet of combined meeting and function space including an 11,813-square-foot ballroom, state-of-the-art audio visual technology, lofted ceilings, soundproof air walls and high-speed Internet access. The on-property wedding chapel, “Capella Di Amore” is Las Vegas’ only over-water wedding chapel.

Hilton Worldwide To Introduce Second Hotel To Abu Dhabi
Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel for Abu Dhabi, UAE. The hotel, currently known as Abu Dhabi Al Maqta, will rebrand and re-open as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand in Summer 2013.

Described as an ‘architectural masterpiece’, the 281-room conversion property is a stunning, curved glass landmark in the capital, conveniently close to Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and in the heart of the city’s new Capital District. The hotel features a wide range of quality, spacious accommodations, from classic and deluxe rooms as well as junior to presidential suites, all with signature design pieces of floor-toceiling glass windows and marble bathrooms.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: “We are delighted to have signed such a prestigious deal for this unique, quality hotel in Abu Dhabi and in an emerging business community.”

The hotel, which will undergo a series of brand changes before joining the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio, boasts an abundance of superior facilities including a 700-capacity grand ballroom with a separate 500-capacity function room, five large meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a VIP Majilis with private entrance. For relaxation, guests can choose from an indoor or outdoor pool and the range of amenities also includes seven quality restaurants and bars, many offering panoramic views of the city.

Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: “Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of the longest serving international hotel brands in UAE and our proud heritage has served us well in Abu Dhabi since 1973. This latest signing is a worthy addition to our large Middle East portfolio and we look forward to welcoming the growing number of visitors to the UAE’s capital city.”

Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest growing tourist and traveller markets in the Middle East as the Emirate continues to diversify into new sectors. The UAE capital welcomed a record 2.3 million visitors during 2012 with ambitious plans to attract a further 200,000 travellers during 2013. A strong portfolio of sporting and cultural events and a growing number of up-scale attractions will continue to support Abu Dhabi’s hospitality ambitions.

HE Sheikh Hamed Bin Ahmad Al Hamed of owning company, Al Farida Investment Company LLC said: “We are delighted to bring the enviable reputation and quality service standards enjoyed by Hilton Worldwide to this outstanding hotel. The combination of a stunningly designed property together with the management expertise of such a reliable and respected hospitality provider will ensure a promising and successful future for Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand.”

Hilton Shijiazhuang

Hilton Shijiazhuang

First Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property In Hebei Province Opens
Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of Hilton Shijiazhuang, its newest property in China. Hilton Shijiazhuang forms an integral part of the province’s tallest building development, boasting 594 exceptionally-appointed guest rooms, suites and serviced apartments, six diverse restaurants and bars and more than 2,400 square meter of state-of-the-art meeting space.

Hilton Shijiazhuang occupies 29 floors of the iconic 53-storey Kaiyuan Centre, located in the CBD area of Shijiazhuang City and is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers. The hotel is just eight kilometers away from the Shijiazhuang Railway Station, 35 kilometers away from the Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport and within easy reach of some of the city’s most popular destinations and attractions.

“Shijiazhuang is the economic, cultural and political heart of Hebei province,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “The opening of Hilton Shijiazhuang reinforces the continued growth of Hilton Worldwide and the further development success of the Hilton brand throughout China. It also enhances our brand’s commitment to offering an unparalleled level of service to travelers visiting the important gateway of Northern China.”

“Hilton Shijiazhuang is designed to bring a world-class experience to all guests, enabling them to enjoy the cosmopolitan design and state-of-the-art amenities at the property – not to mention some of the most stunning views of the city. We look forward to providing our worldrenowned Hilton hospitality to guests from around the world,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Offering 594 guest rooms, including 27 suites and 94 serviced apartments for short and long stays, guests will enjoy comfortable seating, expansive work areas, wireless internet access, Peter Thomas Roth amenities and unobstructed city and mountain views through floor to ceiling windows.

For the best culinary experiences, guests can take in breathtaking views from the city’s highest dining venue at the 30th and 31st floor restaurants. The hotel has six diverse restaurant and bar outlets providing guests with a truly international culinary experience from Northern Chinese family favorites to western à la carte classics.

Hilton Worldwide Will Be First Major Hotel Company To Reach 10,000 Rooms In Turkey - Global STR Data Confirms Hilton Worldwide as the Largest Hotel Company in Turkey

Hilton Worldwide Will Be First Major Hotel Company To Reach 10,000 Rooms In Turkey – Global STR Data Confirms Hilton Worldwide as the Largest Hotel Company in Turkey

Hilton Worldwide Will Be First Major Hotel Company To Reach 10,000 Rooms In Turkey
Marking the start of the Turkey and Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference 2013, Hilton Worldwide today announced the addition of three new hotels to its Turkish pipeline, demonstrating the accelerating growth of the company’s portfolio in Turkey and making it the first operator in the country that will surpass 10,000 rooms operating and under development.

The latest hotels to join the development pipeline are in Antakya, Istanbul Zeytinburnu and Corlu; complementing the company’s most recent openings include DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Avcilar and DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi.

“We remain incredibly optimistic about the ongoing potential in Turkey, underscored by Moody’s recent credit rating upgrade and measures implemented to boost tourism, such as the new e-visa system.” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide.  “Turkey represents a prime investment opportunity for international companies and Hilton Worldwide is leading the hospitality industry with quality new hotels in fantastic locations.”

Hilton Antakya will be located in an unrivalled position next to the Church of St Peter as part of a new site housing an archeological museum.  A wealth of architectural and religious heritage makes Antakya one of Turkey’s greatest cultural destinations.  The new upscale Hilton Hotels & Resorts property is expected to open in early 2014, following the signing of a franchise agreement with ASF Otelcilik ve Turizm Isl. Tic. Ltd. Sti.  With incredible vistas, Hilton Antakya will offer 200 guestrooms, three restaurant and bar options, a luxurious spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as approximately 1,250 square metres of events space.

In the mid-market segment, Hilton Garden Inn Corlu is expected to open in early 2015, following the signing of a franchise agreement with Santeks Iplik ve Brode A.S.  Occupying a prime location on the E-5 highway, which connects Corlu to Istanbul, the new build hotel will offer business and leisure guests award winning Hilton Garden Inn accommodation in close proximity to the city centre, as well as to several industrial and commercial zones.  Hilton Garden Inn Corlu will feature 129 guestrooms, a restaurant and bar, the brand’s Pavilion Pantry Market, as well as approximately 600 square metres of events space.  Guests will also benefit from complimentary internet access and 24-hour gym.

Lastly, demonstrating the increasing popularity of value brand, Hampton by Hilton, the latest addition confirmed is Hampton by Hilton Istanbul Zeytinburnu, which is expected to open in early 2016.  The hotel becomes the seventh Hampton by Hilton under development in Turkey and will occupy a prime location within close proximity to the old town, offering easy access to Ataturk Airport.  The hotel will be managed by Hilton Worldwide on behalf of Behcetogullari Otomotiv Ticaret Ltd. Sti, and will include 164 guestrooms, a work zone and snack bar, as well as free internet access and hot breakfast included in the room rate.

Hilton Worldwide currently operates 24 hotels (nearly 6,000 guestrooms) in Turkey, across five brands.  The company’s development pipeline in Turkey stands at 21* hotels (more than 4,000 guestrooms), with expectations to open six further hotels by the end of 2013, including Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, DoubleTree by Hilton Malatya, Hilton Garden Inn Diyarbakir, Hampton by Hilton Kayasehir, Hampton by Hilton Samsun and Hampton by Hilton Gazientep.

*Figure as of April 30, 2013.

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