First Multi-Unit Hilton Garden Inn® Agreement Signed in the Middle East
Hilton Hotels Corporation to Develop 13 Hilton Garden Inn Hotels Across Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
"The full spectrum of the Hilton Family of hotels gives us tremendous opportunities for growth in all global markets. We are delighted to have signed our first multi-unit Hilton Garden Inn agreement in the Middle East with the Al Hokair Group in Saudi Arabia. This agreement is a testament to the country's tremendous growth potential," said Jean-Paul Herzog, President, Hilton Hotels, Middle East & Africa.
Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – brand management for Hilton Garden Inn, commented, "As Hilton Garden Inn continues its remarkable growth in countries around the world, we look forward to debuting our focused service brand that embodies value and consistency in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Guests will be able to enjoy all of our signature brand attributes including the Garden Sleep System bed, complimentary high speed Internet access, 24-hour business centre and fitness centre."
Hilton Garden Inn is a focused service brand offering affordable rates for the mid-market traveller. The hotel will feature guest rooms offering a minimum size of 28 square metres (301 square feet), two food and beverage outlets, including a restaurant and lounge area and a number of small meeting rooms.
Sami Al-Hokair, Executive Vice President of The Al Hokair Group said, "We are delighted to be working with Hilton on this multi-unit agreement in Saudi Arabia. As the world's leading hospitality company, their global presence and experience gives us the confidence that this alliance will be a great success."
The Kingdom's Tourism Higher Authority (THA) has taken significant steps to further the country's tourism potential. Alongside religious tourism, Saudi Arabia boasts a growing potential for majornational and international conferences. The THA has realised the immense potential in developing domestic tourism with an estimated five million Saudis travelling abroad annually. Domestic tourism alone is expected to generate around SR101 billion by 2020.
Hilton has named the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) as one of its top ten key development markets internationally, and specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Today's announcement confirms Hilton's plans to concentrate on multi-unit deals in key emerging markets.
Hilton Hotels operates four properties in Saudi Arabia; three Hilton hotels in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, in addition to the 46-all suite The Waldorf=Astoria Collection property, 'Qasr Al Sharq' or 'Palace of the Orient' in Jeddah.
Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travellers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpotsTM mobile printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business centre to one of the most comfortable beds with the Garden Sleep System®. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travellers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road. To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout Europe and North America, visit www.hgi.com.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 4,900 properties with more than 796,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world"s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.