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Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement for First Hotel in Swaziland, Africa

Global Hospitality Company to Open Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane in 2017

June 22, 2015  |  This information originated in U.K. English.
 

MBABANE and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), the world's fastest-growing hospitality company, today announced the signing of a management agreement with the Swaziland Public Service Pensions Fund to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane, Swaziland.

The new build 130 guest room hotel will be located in the centre of Mbabane, the adminstrative capital and largest city in Swaziland.  Located on Mhlambanyatsi Road, the main arterial route serving the city centre, the hotel will be situated in the CBD and ideally positioned for local and international travellers. The hotel will also feature some 245 square meters of dedicated event space with 105 square meters of pre-function space, as well as a large fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.

"It is always exciting to have an opportunity to bring our brands into a country for the first time, and we are delighted to be introducing Hilton Garden Inn to Swaziland," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa, for Hilton Worldwide. "Globally, Hilton Worldwide welcomed more guests than any other hospitality company in the first quarter of 2015 - and with our portfolio fast approaching 20,000* rooms in Africa - growth is being realized across the continent as we welcome more and more guests to our hotels."

Mbabane is served by regular services to Johannesburg for connections within South Africa, Africa and internationally. The country benefits from an established road network and in recent years has seen investment into the development of a new airport in Sikhupe - which is just one hour from the capital.

Cleopas Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer of Public Service Pensions Fund said, "We are pleased to have signed an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane. By partnering with Hilton, we look forward to maximizing performance by utilizing the company's global presence and loyal customer base, which will allow us to welcome a wide range of travellers."

Hilton Garden Inn is well-known by guests around the globe for its upscale amenities, which enable guests to work smart, stay fit, sleep deep, eat well and treat themselves during their stay. Adrian Kurre, global head of Hilton Garden Inn, commented, "As we expand with more Hilton Garden Inn locations across Africa - we see an incredible opportunity to establish our portfolio as the continent's leading mid-market brand - offering travellers a network of trusted hotels in diverse locations including Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia and now, Swaziland."

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at: www.hiltongardeninn.com or news.hgi.com

*20,000 rooms trading or under development.

Contacts:
Christine Miller
Hilton Worldwide - Global
christine.miller@hilton.com
+1 901 374 6462

Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide - MEA
+971 (0) 56 416 1323
dan.corfield@hilton.com

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 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 Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, 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 Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. About Hilton Garden Inn The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities they prefer for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don’t pay. You can count on us. Guaranteed™. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving cooked-to-order breakfast daily and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members operating at more than 740 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying hospitality experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels 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, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.