Industry Update
Supplier News27 February 2002

Hilton Garden Inn Opens First Kansas City Area Location in Overland Park Adjacent to Future Convention Center

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the 125-room Hilton Garden Inn® Overland Park, in Overland Park, Kan., representing another addition to its growing roster of more than 125 Hilton Garden Inn hotels across North America.

Dakota Hospitality owns and manages the newly constructed Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park, under a license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., the franchise subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation.

"Hilton Garden Inn hotels are the ideal choice for value-conscious business and vacation travelers who want the convenience and feel of home from the moment they walk in the door," said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – brand management, Hilton Garden Inn. "From our welcoming pavilion with a comfortable lounge and complimentary business center to in-room amenities such as microwave ovens and refrigerators, Hilton Garden Inn hotels are purpose-built properties with thoughtful amenities for travelers of all types in locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico."

A mid-rise, four-story structure, the Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park features: a signature glass-walled pavilion housing the reception desk; a Pavilion Pantry® with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and microwaveable packaged items, and sundries; the Great American Grill® restaurant, offering freshly prepared breakfast and lunch; room service during dinner hours; a comfortable lounge area with a television and fireplace; four meeting rooms with 2,500 square feet of flexible meeting space; and an on-site guest laundry facility.

Guestroom accommodations and features include: a sitting area with an easy chair and ottoman; a hairdryer; and an iron and ironing board. In-room entertainment and information services include on-demand movies, video games and interactive Hilton guest services.

Business-oriented features of the guest rooms include: a spacious work desk with a pull-out shelf for a portable computer; complimentary high-speed Internet access; adjustable lighting; an ergonomic chair; electrical outlets at desk height; and two telephones equipped with two lines, data ports and voice mail.

Recreational facilities consist of a fitness room, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Great golf courses are also nearby.

"The hotel is the perfect choice for the business traveler with our convenient location adjacent to the Overland Park Convention Center opening later this year," said Mike Prekel, hotel general manager. "Our hotel is also conveniently situated within a short drive of the many sights and attractions that Overland Park and Kansas City have to offer."

Members of the Hilton HHonors® guest reward program can earn Points & Miles(TM) for every qualifying stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park. HHonors is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to Double Dip® by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay. Hilton HHonors provides more rewarding choices than ever before with more than 70 major airline, car rental and other travel-related companies.

Hilton Garden Inn® developments represent one of the cornerstones of Hilton's franchise growth strategy. More than 225 Hilton Garden Inn properties are currently open or under development in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park address is 5800 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. 66211; phone: 913-345-2661; fax: 913-345-2667. The hotel is situated a half mile from Interstate 435 at the intersection of College Blvd. and Nall, 35 miles from Kansas City International Airport. Nearby corporations and business centers include Sprint World Headquarters, Johnson CCC/CEC and the Corporate Woods Business Park.

Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,000 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad(TM), Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Harrison Conference Centers®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Company®, Homewood Suites® by Hilton.

To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn hotels or make reservations, please visit our website at www.hiltongardeninn.com or call 1-800-HILTONS from the U.S. and Canada.

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Jeanne Datz Rice
Hilton Hotels Corporation Communications
Phone: +1 310 205-4545
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