Hilton announced that in 2018 it achieved a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking growth including deals signed, construction starts and new openings, and launched bold corporate responsibility goals while remaining a World’s Best Workplace.
“Hilton was founded on the noble premise that travel can make the world a better place, and 100 years into our journey, this premise still guides us today,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president & chief executive officer, Hilton. “We have big plans to continue to grow, innovate and positively impact the world around us, and we expect that 2019 will be our best and most dynamic year yet.”
The company recently unveiled The Hilton Effect, a white paper that showcases the world-changing influence Hilton has had during the past century with guests, Team Members, communities and economies.
“During our first 100 years, we have served more than three billion guests and provided $1 trillion of economic impact through a phenomenon we call The Hilton Effect,” said Kevin Jacobs, chief financial officer, Hilton. “2018 is a great example of how we used our scale and our commitment to hospitality to positively impact communities and economies across the globe. In addition to opening more than a hotel a day and achieving almost seven percent net unit growth, our Team Members volunteered more than 235,000 hours across 93 countries during our Global Week of Service.”
Record Growth: Effect on Economies
- Grew development pipeline to 364,000 rooms across 15 brands, supported by almost 110,000 new rooms approved in 60 countries and territories, with construction starts on 83,000 rooms totaling 184,000 rooms under construction
- Achieved almost seven percent net unit growth, opened more than a hotel per day, adding more than 450 properties to surpass 5,600 properties globally with nearly 913,000 rooms in 113 countries and territories
- Unveiled Motto by Hilton, an affordable lifestyle brand that will give guests the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s top urban destinations including London, Boston, Dublin and Washington, D.C.
- Expanded luxury portfolio with the launch of LXR Hotels & Resorts and the marquee openings of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead and Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
- Created more than 28,000 new hospitality jobs globally
- Extended Hilton’s signature hospitality to 166 million guests around the world
- Opened 1,000th All Suites Brands by Hilton property with the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Pleasant Hill, California; Curio Collection by Hilton surpassed 65 hotels opened; and Tru by Hilton continued its rapid growth reaching 50 open hotels and celebrated at the Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport
- Opened first tri-branded Hilton property in Chicago at McCormick Place featuring Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites
Travel with Purpose: Effect on Communities
- Launched 2030 Goals, which include doubling investment in social impact and cutting the company’s environmental footprint in half
- Became the first major hospitality company to set science-based carbon reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative
- Pledged to be the first in the industry to commit to sending zero soap to landfill
- Named as the Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America
- Recognized as the Most JUST Company in the hospitality industry on America’s Top 100 Most JUST companies by Forbes
- Debuted as the only hospitality company on FORTUNE’s Change the World List
- Awarded 2018 Best Corporate Steward by US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- Announced initial investment of $1 million to drive sustainable travel and tourism in Africa
- Volunteered more than 235,000 hours across 93 countries during Global Week of Service
Customer Innovations: Effect on Guests
- Gained more than 14 million new Hilton Honors members, bringing total membership to more than 85 million at year end
- Donated more than 234 million Points by Hilton Honors members to support 325 non-profit organizations
- Scaled the industry-first Digital Key technology to more than 4,100 properties, with 7.6 million downloads in 2018
- Opened more than 40 million doors with Digital Key since launch in 2015
- Rolled out more than 1,800 Connected Rooms, with plans to bring the technology to tens of thousands of rooms across the U.S. as well as the first non-U.S. locations
- Teamed up with SHOWTIME and Netflix to create a more personalized travel experience allowing guests to stream their favorite Netflix series or movie on Connected Room televisions
World’s Best Workplace: Effect on Team Members
- Ranked #2 World’s Best Workplace, appearing on Great Place to Work’s® annual list of 25 World’s Best Workplaces for the third year in a row
- Recognized by Great Place to Work® in 13 countries including: Australia #4, Brazil #17, China, Colombia #4, India #18, Italy #2, Mexico #4, Netherlands #11, Peru #2, Turkey #2, UAE #7, U.K. #6, and U.S.A. #33
- Recognized as #1 Workplace for Diversity by FORTUNE and a Top 10 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, climbing 20 places from 2017
- Named #1 Best Workplace for Parents in the U.S. by Great Place to Work®
- Awarded 10 Team Members the opportunity of a lifetime to take a paid four-week Thrive Sabbatical to give a dream or live a dream as part of a commitment to encourage Team Members to Thrive@Hilton
A Dozen Interesting Facts About Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru
1. Located in North Bengaluru, the city’s growth corridor, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru can be reached in less than 30 minutes from Kempegowda International Airport.
2. The Embassy ONE estate comprises triple skyscrapers—Pinnacle Tower, comprising premium grade office spaces and retail, South Tower which houses the hotel building flanked on the other side by the North Tower, comprising private residences.
3. Set amid 5.6 acres (243,936 square feet) of landscaped gardens and water features, the hotel is a unique combination of modern urban architecture dotted with calming parksand gardens. All the restaurants have an adjoining al fresco area.
4. The resort-like vibes can best be felt in the heart of the estate comprising a 100 feet (30 metre), heated outdoor pool, the meditative Butterfly Garden and the Ribbon Lawn.
5. Alongside the pool and located behind a soothing waterfall is Infuse Spa, which gives one an illusory feel of time travel under water, with its fluid, recurring arches and cool cream and aqua design aesthetics.
6. The hotel design is modern and sleek, designed by internationally acclaimed firm Yabu Pushelberg marked by a dominant recurrence of straight lines and geometric patterns, with the 21st Floor making a complete departure with its unmistakable flair and style. Designed by LW Design, this floor is unlike the rest of the hotel and houses 2 remarkable dining outlets: Copitas, the destination bar and Far & East, the Asian Brasserie.
7. The event spaces are modern, have a separate entrance and are all located on the same floor with an adjoining Terrace that makes for a great al fresco event area.
8. The art in the hotel is multilayered with a play of textures from wood, ceramics, canvas, iron to bronze. All works are by a collection of 25 contemporary Indian artists who have seen recent acclaim in the last few years.
9. There is a custom built, expansive grill in the restaurant CUR8, which is powered by charcoal and is perhaps one of the largest in the country.
10. The Lobby Lounge & Terrace has some special tea blends curated specially for the hotel. Among them are Rose tea, Apple Cinnamon Duet, Wild Berry Tales which is a green tea with berry undertones, Orange Blossom with a sweet vanilla and citrus note, Summer Times redolent of ripe mangoes and the Chocolate Mint tea that one can replace dessert with.
11. The hotel is pet friendly. We welcome furry friends and family to stay, provided he or she is well within 15 kilograms (33 pounds) in size.
12. The Collection has a selection of more than 60 world whiskies and whiskey inspired cocktails.
Hyatt Regency Brand to Enter the Portuguese Market with Hyatt Regency Lisbon
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise and related agreements with Realtejo – Hotelaria e Turismo, S.A., owned subsidiary of United Investments Portugal and Fibeira, to develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal: Hyatt Regency Lisbon. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 200 hotel rooms and apartments and will be located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River.
The foray into Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital city, is an important milestone for Hyatt, signifying its growing brand presence in increasingly competitive markets across the continent. The number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone.
The hotel will be situated just a five-minute drive from Lisbon’s historic city center and within easy reach of many major attractions, including the two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery. These nearby sites, along with its prime location across from Lisbon’s conference center and convenient access to the airport, will make the Hyatt Regency brand a natural fit with its appeal to both business and leisure travelers seeking a seamless experience.
“We are delighted by the announcement of plans for the first Hyatt hotel in Portugal as Lisbon is one of Europe’s leading cities in overnight stays and has quickly established itself as a prime destination not only for leisure travelers, but also for larger conventions and events.” said Nuno Galvão-Pinto, regional vice president development at Hyatt. “We look forward to working with United Investments Portugal on this exciting project in Lisbon. This is an important step for Hyatt as we look to expand our brand presence throughout Portugal.”
Hyatt Regency Lisbon will offer a wide range of intuitive facilities, including a luxurious spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace bar with views over the river, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden.
Carlos Leal, general manager of United Investments Portugal commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Hyatt on our first development in Lisbon in a premier riverside location in one of the world’s leading cities. With its warm climate, culture, history, gastronomy and beaches, Lisbon truly has it all.
The Hyatt Regency brand offers a stress-free environment for leisure and business travelers alike to enjoy a productive and energized experience. Guests can enjoy signature services and amenities, including notable food and beverage, flexible spaces to work, collaborate or relax, and expansive technology-enabled facilities for meetings and events, along with expert planners who adhere to every detail.
Hyatt Regency Lisbon will mark continued growth for the brand in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and soon-to-open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid.
Historic, Storyful, New: Iconic Caribe Hilton Is Officially Open
Caribe Hilton, admired as one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved resorts, retakes center stage, officially debuting a more than $150 million restoration following a 15-month closure. A gem of the Caribbean since 1949, the highly anticipated opening marks a major milestone as the storied property celebrates its 70th birthday, and as Hilton marks its 100th anniversary.
Plunged into the limelight as a hotspot for celebrities, politicians and royalty since its mid- century opening, Caribe Hilton earned its place at the forefront of tourism in the Caribbean, instantly embodying the jet-set glamour of the era during its early days and remaining a social institution for decades to follow. Just in time for summer, the beachfront resort’s top-to-bottom makeover pays homage to years of cherished history and oceanside allure, complemented by modern accommodations and amenities at an arm’s reach from Old San Juan’s pulsating, colorful center.
“Caribe Hilton was our first hotel to open outside the continental U.S. and the birthplace of the piña colada, and for that reason, has always been an incredibly important hotel for Hilton. It is with great pride that we say ‘welcome back’ or ‘bienvenidos’ to this emblematic property,” said Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President, Americas, Hilton. “We are extremely proud of our new product and the resilient Team Members who worked to redevelop a resort worthy of its history. We can’t wait to welcome guests and members of the community back to the hotel.”
Caribe Hilton, which has been meticulously restored by owner Park Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: PK), delivers contemporary guest room and suite renovations; reimagined F&B concepts (sweet history was made here in 1954 when Ramon “Monchito” Marrero created the Piña Colada at the former Beachcomber Bar); fitness center; spa; tennis center (in collaboration with Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig); and landscaping redesigns, paired with an incredible 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
Boasting touches inspired by “the island of enchantment,” Caribe Hilton’s reinvigorated look is deeply influenced by the vibrant culture, lively colors and rich history of San Juan, as well as the warmth and charm of the locals who call it home.
“The reopening of Caribe Hilton is one more symbol that Puerto Rico is back in business,” said Pablo Torres, General Manager, Caribe Hilton. “The sun is shining, there’s energy and rhythm on the island, and once again our famous piña coladas are flowing. We’re welcoming our return guests back home, as well as introducing new ones to the enduring Caribe Hilton experience and legacy.”
To celebrate the opening, for a limited time, guests can extend their stay in paradise an additional night with “One Night on Us” — a complimentary 3rd night free. Travel must be booked by June 30 for travel between May 15 and December 20, 2019.
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