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
The Luxury Collection Unveils Debut Property in the Seychelles
The Luxury Collection today announced the arrival of North Island, Seychelles into their portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts. With just 11 villas, Africa’s most exclusive private island is located 30 kilometres from the mainland and is accessible by a scenic helicopter flight or an hour boat ride, giving guests an immediate sense of escapism.
Following its history as a coconut plantation, the granitic island is now a sanctuary for endangered species; luminous beaches and clear blue seas welcome nesting sea turtles, and the Palm forests are home to giant Aldabra tortoises and rare Seychelles white-eye birds. The island has been expertly designed and with pioneering conservation programs, offers the highest standards of hospitality, earning them status as an award-winning sustainable travel destination. With a mission to demonstrate that luxury with a conscience can co-exist, sustainability lies at the heart of North Island’s philosophy and will be further embraced and supported with The Luxury Collection. The operational responsibility of the resort will remain with ASMALLWORLD, the world’s leading travel & lifestyle community.
“North Island has always skilfully combined a sustainable and environmentally conscious management philosophy with the ambition to provide a truly immersive, barefoot-luxury experience. Whilst maintaining our identity and ethos, our work with The Luxury Collection will allow us to maximise our awareness in our continued efforts in pioneering sustainable luxury travel.” – Jan Luescher, CEO of ASMALLWORLD
Eleven private guest and family villas line the island; each villa has been created using local materials harvested during the island’s rehabilitation process, expertly balancing luxury and simplicity. An haute-couture Robinson Crusoe aesthetic has been applied through interiors celebrating the sheer indulgence of volume and space.
“North Island is one of the most rare and luxurious destinations in the world, making it a natural fit for The Luxury Collection and our global explorers who seek authentic experiences and connections to both pristine nature and elevated personalization,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “This is the first private island within The Luxury Collection portfolio, and we’re delighted to be expanding our footprint of captivating destinations with storied pasts and protected futures.”
The island not only offers a calming refuge from the modern world, but also an invigorating, refreshing getaway connected to the island’s natural beauty. Aquatic explorers can take part in snorkeling, diving, fishing, sunset cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Bespoke guided excursions for those looking to explore the granite peaks or coral reefs are also available. Whilst on land, forest trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or private buggy, or guests can simply relax on one of the island’s four pristine beaches located at each end of the compass. The island is also the ultimate playground for families and children, with a Beach Buddy program tailormade to interests and hobbies. Parents are invited to take part, or can find their own relaxation whilst children remain supervised.
As part of a new culinary concept, Michelin-Star Chef Akira Back, brings his fine dining concept to the Piazza at North Island. The various dining venues lend themselves to a range of outstanding epicurean experiences with menus changing daily according to the latest island harvest. The Piazza is situated on the ocean front and offers candlelit, private dining utilizing the freshest ingredients from both land and sea. The more relaxed Sunset Beach Bar offers tapas and cocktails during sunset. In-villa dining centers on a comfort food menu featuring local Creole curries or classic dishes, complemented by a generously stocked villa pantry.
The North Island Spa is dwarfed by giant granite peaks, enjoys an open sea breeze and overlooks turquoise waters. Guests are invited to the spa on arrival where they are immediately immersed in ‘island life’ with each tailor-made treatment starting with a ‘barefoot ritual’. A private consultation to create a bespoke spa experience is then formulated as part of a holistic journey of visual and textural contrasts, arousing the senses and rejuvenating mind, body and soul.
With2020 rates from US$6000 per night, North Island offers an inimitable experience that seeks to offer a contrasted way of life; rough and smooth, old and new, wet and dry, casual and refined, where footprints are the only evidence on the island’s vast, untouched beaches.
The Park Hyatt Brand Celebrates the Debut of Park Hyatt Doha
Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the opening of Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar. The hotel occupies a prime location within the heart of Doha’s new commercial and residential downtown district, Msheireb, and integrates the best elements of Doha’s heritage with refined accommodations that provide a luxurious oasis amidst the pulsating capital.
“We are delighted to bring the Park Hyatt brand to the culturally and creatively rich city of Doha,” said Kurt Straub, Hyatt’s vice president of operations for the Middle East, Africa, and South West Asia. “The Park Hyatt brand is dedicated to creating exceptional and memorable experiences, and we are thrilled to welcome guests from around the world to this very unique location. The introduction of Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar strengthens Hyatt’s vision of being the preferred brand for global travelers and enhances the brand footprint of Hyatt’s luxury portfolio in the Middle East.”
Located in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the hotel is less than 10 miles (16 km) from Hamad International Airport, and a stone’s throw away from a Light Rail stop that runs through the development, as well as a short walk from the city’s points of interest, including the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar, Souk Waqif.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Msheireb development, Doha’s first sustainable regeneration project,” said Stefan Gaessler, the hotel’s general manager. “Sustainability runs throughout the design of the project and all its buildings to reduce the project’s carbon footprint and generate less waste, aligning with Hyatt’s sustainability efforts to use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire for a more sustainable future.”
The hotel features 187 elegant guest rooms, including 28 Park Suites, three Park Executive Suites, one Diplomat Suite, and one Presidential Suite. All rooms artfully combine a residential quality and understated luxury with the mystique of Qatari-inspired details; featuring floor to ceiling windows, luxury window seats, and a designer marble bathroom with deep soaking tub, rain shower and double vanity sink. The Presidential Suite, an extraordinary 4,305-square-foot (400-square-meter) two-bedroom space, and the Diplomat Suite, a capacious 2,690-square-foot (250-square-meter) one-bedroom space, both offer guests a private terrace with magnificent views over the Doha Corniche.
Home to rare and immersive culinary experiences, Park Hyatt Doha offers a world-class culinary journey. Sora, a stylish Japanese restaurant and lounge, offers magical views of Doha’s skyline and boasts an ultra-modern space where guests can share small plates and enjoy the distinctive art of Robata. In Japanese cuisine, Robata refers to a method of cooking, similar to barbecue in which food items are cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal.
The open-kitchen concept of Opus offers the freshest in local ingredients and a mix of Qatari and French cuisines with menus curated by Qatari celebrity chef, Shams Al Qassabi, and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme’s Michelin-starred chef, Jean-François Rouquette.
With meals that please the eye and the soul, Anis is an all-day eatery serving as a social hub for health-conscious locals, passers-by and in-house guests to enjoy healthy to-go options, a variety of coffee, fresh juices and smoothies.
A premier location to host inspiring and sophisticated corporate and social events, Park Hyatt Doha boasts a range of elegantly presented spaces, from a 376-square-foot (35-square-meter) intimate study lounge to a luxurious 3,196-square-foot (297-square-meter) pillarless ballroom.
For wedding celebrations, the hotel’s in-house events manager offers expert consultation to make guests’ dream weddings come true with meticulous attention to detail. Event and meeting spaces include a private entrance where guests are welcomed into a luxurious and intimate, apartment-style reception. Menus are also curated to satisfy every taste with the eloquent matching of culinary delights and the finest of drinks.
Park Hyatt Doha’s luxurious spa covers two floors, with one floor dedicated to women and another for men. Here, guests are greeted to a tranquil space, thoughtfully curated mood-inducing treatments, and a luxurious wet area featuring mood showers, a whirlpool, sauna, a steam room and an ice room. The spa also offers a post-treatment virtual reality headset which will leave guests with a carefully designed experience to complete their wellness journey.
The fitness center provides separate facilities for ladies and gentlemen with ample space and panoramic views over the Doha Corniche, coupled with the latest in weight training and cardiovascular equipment.
The year-round, semi-covered pool offers magical views over the city from the sixth floor, and is perfect for both business and leisure guests to catch up on work or unwind with a book, while enjoying hand-crafted healthy beverages.
Kenzo Takada to Design Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai’s first Christmas Tree
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will celebrate its first festive season in style with an unconventional Christmas tree designed by fashion legend and one of Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fans, Kenzo Takada.
The city’s most desirable beachfront resort has teamed up with Kenzo Takada to bring an artistic flair to Dubai’s festive celebrations, taking inspiration from the city’s multifaceted character. Commenting on the collaboration, Kenzo Takada said: “I am thrilled to be invited by Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai to design its very first Christmas tree in a reinterpretation that combines tradition and modernity.”
Werner Anzinger, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, said: “It is an honour to have our first Christmas tree designed by fashion icon and long-time Mandarin Oriental fan, Kenzo Takada, and we can’t wait to unveil this unique centrepiece that radiates the spirit of the holidays.”
Kenzo Takada’s seven-metre high creative Christmas tree will be located in the outdoor area of the resort, with an unparalleled beachfront view. The official unveiling will take place on 10th December for both guests and residents to enjoy.
Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning advertising campaign, He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan, which launched in 2000, simply and elegantly connects the Group’s well recognised symbol – the fan – with international celebrities who regularly stay at the hotels and are true fans of Mandarin Oriental. Kenzo was photographed for the campaign in the Japanese garden of his apartment in Paris. When travelling, he loves staying with Mandarin Oriental, as the “quality and excellent service” never fails to impress him.
Kenzo has been decorated with numerous accolades for his services to the fashion industry, including an Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and a lifetime achievement award from the Fashion Editors’ Club of Japan.
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