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
Hilton Announces Tajikistan Premiere with Flagship Dushanbe Property
Hilton today announced its debut in Tajikistan with the opening a flagship property in the heart of the country’s historic capital city – Hilton Dushanbe. The hotel joins seven Hilton properties trading or under development in Central Asia, demonstrating the group’s growing international presence in new and emerging tourism markets worldwide.
Conveniently located only a seven-minute drive from Dushanbe International Airport, and just three miles away from the Tajik Railway Station, Hilton Dushanbe offers both working professionals and leisure travellers a comfortable stay with 145 spacious rooms, all ergonomically fitted and with stunning mountain views. The property also offers Executive Rooms and access to its Executive rooftop lounge, featuring a private meeting room and terrace overlooking the city.
Hilton Dushanbe offers state-of-the-art amenities for hosting meetings and events, including ranging six conference rooms equipped with the latest A/V technology, two large ballrooms and a stunning outdoor terrace that can accommodate up to 400 people. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing treatment at the hotel’s spa following use of the fitness centre, cool off in the on-property swimming pool, or indulge in a number of delectable dining options.
“We look forward to welcoming guests to a world-class Hilton hospitality experience right here in Dushanbe. Whether celebrating a special occasion, hosting a memorable event, travelling for business, or simply exploring the city’s historic sites, guests can take comfort in our spacious rooms, distinguished amenities, and exceptional service,” said Pavel Jindra, general manager, Hilton Dushanbe.
Gagan Malhotra, Director of CJSC CHL International, the hotel’s owning company, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Hilton as we introduce their iconic brand in Tajikistan with the debut of Hilton Dushanbe. We believe that our partnership with a globally recognised company will have a positive impact on hospitality in Dushanbe as well as Tajikistan going forward.”
Hilton Dushanbe is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, and free standard Wi-Fi. Book direct at Hilton.com, the Hilton Honors app or through any official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee.
Marriott International Signs Deal To Introduce The Luxury Collection To Saudi Arabia In 2020
Marriott International, Inc. has signed an agreement with Assila Investments to bring its Luxury Collection brand for the first time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Situated in the heart of Jeddah, Assila Hotel is anticipated to join The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of more than 100 world-renowned hotels and resorts in 2020.
“We are thrilled to have Marriott International manage the beautiful Assila Hotel, under the Luxury Collection brand,” said Bader Alissa, CEO, Assila Investments. “This only affirms Assila Hotel’s position as a premier luxury hotel in Jeddah.”
“We are delighted to announce plans for the first Luxury Collection property in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with Assila Investments,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “This deal signing supports our plans to further diversify our footprint in the Kingdom while enhancing our overall luxury portfolio in the region.”
Assila Hotel features 210 guestrooms, including a 590 sqm Royal Suite, and 94 apartments. It comprises multiple food and beverage venues, including a Café Lounge and Argentinian and Mediterranean specialty restaurants. The hotel also includes a 348 sqm ballroom and nine meeting rooms, as well as full-service recreational facilities such as a spa, fitness center and squash courts.
The hotel is situated on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) Street, on the main commercial and retail strip of the city and within close proximity to the Corniche and many of the city’s landmarks. The site is also within five kilometers of the planned ‘New Jeddah Downtown’ development, a mixed-used project on Jeddah’s five million square meter waterfront anticipated to launch in 2022. The waterfront corniche is expected to include residential, cultural and retail spaces.
This signing of Assila Hotel under The Luxury Collection also underscores Marriott’s growing luxury portfolio in the Middle East, where the company now has more than 30 open luxury hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh and The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah.
Hyatt Announces the Opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century, the hotel is the ideal destination for adventure-seeking travelers wanting to stay in the heart of the action. Guests will be within 10 minutes of a number of attractions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Liberties Distillery and Ireland’s top tourist attraction – the Guinness Storehouse.
The lively Liberties district offers an incredible amount of history to explore. Guests will have the chance to learn about the stunning artefacts that were unearthed on the hotel’s site during construction, some of which are up to 900 years old. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin has embraced these exceptional artefacts and their stories by embedding them in unique ways throughout the hotel.
“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin – representing a milestone for Hyatt in Europe,” said Declan Curtis, general manager of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin. “With passionate colleagues providing local expertise, we aim to prepare our guests to explore the best that Dublin has to offer so they can go forth and discover.”
From the large windows overlooking the bustling city, to the spacious guestrooms, the hotel delivers shareworthy experiences for socially connected guests due to its modern feel and exceptional social spaces. The private, landscaped Poddle Garden, along with The Corner – a relaxing reading lounge – offer places for guests to unwind. Business travelers will also benefit from the hotel’s intuitive service and plentiful meeting space.
“Dublin is world-renowned for its cultural heritage and as a buzzing business hub, making it a natural fit for the vision of the Hyatt Centric brand. In addition to providing sophisticated accommodations and personalized service, this is the perfect hotel for travelers with an adventurous spirit, wanting to explore all the destination has to offer,” said John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group.
The hotel’s 234 contemporary guestrooms include nine spacious suites. The King Suites create a home-away-from-home experience, while the Liberties Suites enjoy open views of The Liberties. Guests can also choose between the 506-square-foot (47 square meters) Cathedral View Suite, which overlooks St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 538-square-foot (50 square meters) Terrace View Suite, which offers stunning views of the Dublin Mountains.
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin boasts two distinct dining experiences, with menus carefully crafted by Hodson Bay Group’s Executive Chef Gavin O’Rourke whose years of experience include a period as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Peacock Alley Restaurant. The signature Liberties Gate Restaurant provides fresh, locally inspired cuisines, which combine simplicity and elegance.
The Liberties Gate Bar features the finest selection of whiskey from numerous local distilleries and Guinness straight from the Guinness Storehouse at St James’ Gate. Guests can also choose from an all day dining menu that includes specialty breads, gourmet sandwiches, soups, stews and salad options, all served in a relaxed, warm and cozy setting.
The hotel sits in what’s known as the Golden Triangle, a historic center for the brewing and distilling industries in Dublin. Anyone wanting to learn a bit more about the rich tradition of whiskey distilling in The Liberties can take part in a unique Golden Triangle Whiskey Masterclass that has been specially created by the Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin in collaboration with three local distilleries – Teeling, Pearse Lyons and Dublin Liberties Distilleries.
Meetings and events
With its superb central location, the hotel serves as the ultimate venue for a variety of events, meetings and conferences. With 4,000 square feet (371 square meters) of flexible meeting and events space, as well as a dedicated and experienced Events Team, guests can relax knowing that all their needs will be fulfilled. The meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including LCD projectors and electronic screens, as well as on-site tech support. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin offers everything in one place making it a convenient choice for conferences.
The hotel features a modern fitness center, open 24 hours daily. With cardio machines, free weights and additional equipment, guests will be able to maintain their fitness routine effortlessly while away.
There are currently six Hyatt Centric properties across Europe, in Madrid, Istanbul, Venice, Milan, La Rosière and Dublin. The brand is also established globally with a presence in major cities, such as New York, Tokyo and Santiago.
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