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 pearl on the Black Sea joins Radisson Collection
Radisson Hotel Group announced that one of its flagship hotels – the Radisson Blu Paradise Resort and Spa, Sochi in Russia – has embarked upon a new chapter as part of Radisson Collection. A contemporary beachfront resort and spa framed by a mountainous backdrop, the rebranded property has now joined the collection of Radisson Hotel Group’s most exceptional hotels.
Launched for Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics, the Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi rapidly gained a reputation as a sophisticated holiday hotspot and an iconic venue for corporate events. In just five short years, the resort has already garnered more than 30 international and local awards – celebrating everything from its service excellence and stand-out guest experiences to its exceptional food and design.
Michel Stalport, Area Senior Vice President Eastern Europe, Russia & Turkey for Radisson Hotel Group, commented: “Widely considered to be one of the best resorts in Russia’s Southern Federal District, this hotel is an elegant addition to this select portfolio. We’re delighted to now offer our guests two Radisson Collection hotels in Russia, this one in Sochi and the other in Moscow.”
From the Olympics to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Sochi has played host to an impressive list of world-class sporting events. And – from day one – the Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi has been at the heart of the action. Located within walking distance of Sochi Park, guests have a wealth of attractions right on their doorstep. Sporting fans can explore the Olympic Stadium, the Ice Dome, Skating Palace, Curling Center and take in the roar of the Autodrom. Alternatively, guests can absorb the thrills of Russia’s original theme park or simply relax on the Black Sea’s wide stretches of beach.
Featuring 508 elegantly appointed guest rooms and six exclusive villas, the resort has been especially designed to reflect a locality that naturally favors retreat and recreation. Replete with five bars, three restaurants and one of Russia’s largest spa and wellness facilities, the resort is truly a complete leisure destination.
For those looking to maximize the convalescent effects of sea air and mountain vistas, the 2,500sqm Spa SIBO is a destination in its own right. Boasting a state-of-the-art thermal zone, guests have access to a large indoor pool and five steam rooms – all offering unique treatment techniques. In fact, the expansive facilities and treatments menu are so highly regarded that Spa SIBO has been recognized as a market leader in an array of international and local awards.
The Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi also offers guests extensive culinary options. The Filini Italian restaurant and the Umami Asian grill offer the opportunity to sample fine dining from a variety of international cuisines, while the Sunsets buffet restaurant is perfect for those in search of local specialties.
The Luxury Collection Debuts in Armenia With the Opening of The Alexander
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced its entry into Armenia with the opening of The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan. The hotel proudly brings The Luxury Collection’s rare, indigenous and captivating experiences to the capital of Armenia – one of the world’s oldest cities and a noted historical intersection between the East and West. As the country’s first internationally-branded luxury hotel, The Alexander joins a portfolio of more than 100 Luxury Collection hotels around the world. The brand’s new footprint in Yerevan also further cements Marriott International’s strategy to meet the growing demand for experiential luxury in emerging markets.
“Armenia is a destination with a deeply rooted history and rich culture, which has until now remained a mostly unchartered destination for our Global Travelers” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Alexander will allow our guests to connect with the fascinating capital city of Yerevan, marked by grand Soviet-era architecture and historic landmarks such as the Matenadaran library, and truly engage in the authentic traditions of Armenia.”
Modern-Day Luxury In An Age-Old City
Set in an enviable location in the heart of Armenia’s capital, The Alexander is mere moments away from the city’s famous Republic Square, and is a brief stroll to numerous landmarks and cultural sights. The striking hotel reflects the city’s distinctive architecture, cleverly incorporating an 18th century façade at its entrance to hint at the indigenous charms found within. Led by Alexander James Interior Design, the decor draws upon intricate Armenian motifs, alongside contemporary flourishes that bring to life the history and modernity of the destination within the property’s opulent public spaces.
The Alexander offers 114 guest rooms and suites, many of which include private balconies. The magnificent Presidential Suite is celebrated as a standout highlight of the property, occupying an entire floor and spanning over 1,700 square feet. An equally alluring feature is the Alexander Spa by Anne Semonin, providing guests with an inviting haven of wellness experiences and personalized treatments designed to relax, heal and rejuvenate. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a full-service beauty salon, and the city’s first indoor pool, which boasts breath-taking vistas of the snow-capped peak of Mount Ararat.
Yerevan’s Most Discerning Social Scene
Located on the top floor of the hotel, The Alexander offers a special culinary experience with Armenian flair amidst the distinctly glamorous décor at Italiano Ristorante. Under the expert direction of internationally respected culinary professionals, specialities such as smoked local trout celebrate the exotic essence of the destination alongside modern Italian cuisine. The adjacent bar shares jaw-dropping views with perfectly paired cocktails and an impressive wine selection that includes the finest local vintages. The Keys Aficionado’s Private Club, with a sophisticatedly designed bar and wine cellar, is the perfect place for those who value an ambiance of privacy and comfort. Additionally, Gabriel’s Bar and Lounge allows guests to unwind over small bites and refreshments, while the hotel’s elegant Gabriel’s Patisserie offers curated blends of tea and coffee, accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of decadent French and Armenian sweet treats.
For business or social occasions, The Alexander features five elegantly furnished meetings rooms, all of which can be combined into an expansive space to accommodate events up to 160 guests. The latest audio-visual technology, combined with an expert team on hand, enhances the already seamless experience.
Discover Yerevan Through The Luxury Collection
Many of Yerevan’s unique attractions are just steps away from the hotel, including the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, where visitors can discover its repository of ancient documents; the whimsical Seven Fountains; and the National Art Gallery, which is also considered to be the largest art museum in Armenia. Global Explorers seeking enriching cultural experiences will also have exclusive access to the unique services of The Alexander’s expert Concierge team, who will custom-curate personalized excursions to immerse guests in authentic Armenia.
“Shaped by rich traditions, coveted treasures and a storied history, the city of Yerevan truly encapsulates the spirit of The Luxury Collection,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President of Luxury Brands, Europe at Marriott International. “The Alexander will provide sophisticated, independently-minded global explorers and locals alike with an unparalleled level of luxury in this fascinating destination. The unique destination experiences offered by The Luxury Collection, combined with Armenian hospitality, is also the perfect way to introduce our luxury portfolio to the region.”
Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Coming to Nashville
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company; Congress Group, a Boston-based real estate investment and development firm; and AECOM Capital, the investment arm of AECOM, today announce that a Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences will be coming to downtown Nashville. A groundbreaking for the development, which will be the first Four Seasons in Tennessee, is expected in April 2019.
“This will be one of the most iconic high-rise buildings in the state of Tennessee,” said Dean Stratouly, president of Congress Group. “Delivered as LEED Gold and standing 542 feet tall (165 metres), it will be one of the state’s greenest and tallest residential buildings. We’d like to thank the many public and private partners that have aided us in moving forward this generational vision, which will redefine the skyline and what is possible in Nashville.”
“We’re proud to bring Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences to Nashville,” said Timothy D. Haskin, senior managing director of AECOM Capital. “City officials and the community have made Nashville a top place to live and visit, as well as a leading corporate destination for world class companies. Our project is a celebration of Nashville’s exciting momentum and its long-term staying power.”
“Long recognised for its popular music and entertainment offerings, Nashville is also home to one of the most vibrant culinary and arts scenes in the United States. Together with our partners at Congress Group and AECOM Capital, we are creating a world-class property, in one of the best locations in the city,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We look forward to welcoming guests and residents to experience this dynamic city with Four Seasons.”
The development continues the momentum and growth of the SoBro area of Nashville, affirming its emergence as one of the most dynamic urban areas in the city. Sparked by the arrival of major businesses and corporate headquarters, the new Hotel and Private Residences will be located along the Cumberland River, within a block of fresh and exciting culinary and nightlife experiences on Broadway, West Riverfront Park, Nissan Stadium, and the award-winning Ascend Amphitheater. This prime location will make the project the ideal spot for visitors and residents to experience the best of Nashville.
Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville will include a five-star, full service luxury hotel with 236 keys, a world-class spa and an array of fitness amenities. In addition, the building will offer for sale luxury residences to be managed by Four Seasons. Compass has been engaged by the developer exclusively to handle the sales and marketing of the private residences. To register interest in the Four Seasons Private Residences, sign up at nashvilleprivateresidences.com for real-time updates on the project, including exclusive first access to the launch of residential sales.
Construction on the building is expected to begin April 2019 and will be led by AECOM Hunt. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2019.
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