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Supplier News28 March 2002

Hilton Hotels Corporation Honors Top Developers At Full-Service Brand Conference

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--Hilton Hotels Corporation announced its top developers during its Full-Service Brand Conference for Hilton®, Doubletree® and Embassy Suites Hotels®, held in San Francisco, March 21-23, 2002.

Each full-service brand within the Hilton Family of Hotels recognized a Developer of the Year acknowledging a developer who had the greatest number of project approvals or who developed one or more unique hotels that helped enhance the brands' image in 2001.

To be considered as Developer of the Year, the candidates' Hilton-family portfolio of hotels had to be high-quality and in good status, and could represent a combination of new projects, renovations and conversions.

The recipients of the Developer of the Year award were:

  • Hilton - Resto-Casino, Inc.
  • Doubletree - The Busch Firm/Imperial Hotel Group
  • Embassy Suites Hotels - Corporex Realty & Investments Corporation

"Each of our three full-service brands is delighted to recognize their respective Developer of the Year as a way to express appreciation for the franchisees' brand loyalty and overall commitment to excellence, from the design stage to post-opening," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, franchise development for Hilton Hotels Corporation.


Resto-Casino Inc., a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec, is represented by Claude Poisson, vice president and director general. Resto-Casino manages and operates the 349-room Hilton Lac Leamy in Hull, Quebec, which opened on October 8, 2001. Loto-Quebec is Canada's leader in the gaming industry. The refined, cosmopolitan atmosphere that Loto-Quebec has developed at entertainment venues throughout Canada, including: Montreal, Chalevoix and the Casino de Hull, over the past 11 years has provided the company with invaluable experience in development and management.


The Busch Firm/Imperial Hotel Group, represented by Timothy Busch, J.D./CPA, developed the 256-room Doubletree Santa Ana which recently opened on January 16, 2002. The Doubletree Santa Ana is a complement to the initial Busch Firm development in Orange County, the 252-room Doubletree Hotel Irvine Spectrum (opened 7/99). Both properties represent the guest commitment to service, quality and personal attention to detail. The Busch Firm is currently working with Hilton Hotels Corporation on future Doubletree Hotel projects in Long Beach and Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Embassy Suites Hotels

Corporex Realty & Investments Corporation, represented by William Butler, executive vice president, has developed nine hotels with the Hilton Family of Hotels, including two Embassy Suites Hotels in Ohio during the past 18 months: the 284-suite Embassy Suites Hotel Columbus/Dublin (opened 11/00) and the 271-suite Embassy Suites Hotel Cleveland/Independence (opened 10/01). Together with Commonwealth Hotels, which manages hotels, Corporex will open the 174-suite Embassy Suites Hotel at Denver International Airport, scheduled to open in early 2003.

Since as early as 1990, Corporex has opened Embassy Suites Hotels at Tampa Airport, Tampa, Fla. and Cincinnati/River Center, Covington, Ky.

Conference Backgrounder

Themed "We've Got the Power," Hilton's Full-Service Conference offered opportunities for participants that included hotel owners, general managers and Hilton Hotels Corporation staff, to learn, network and build relationships through general sessions, brand-specific meetings, workshops and award presentations.

Company Backgrounder

Hilton Hotels Corporation is 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® and Homewood Suites® by Hilton.

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