This Week in Hilton History
Over the last century, Hilton has been a pioneer in hospitality, entering new travel markets and bringing to life innovations that shape the way that we travel. From new destinations, to features like in-room TV and room service, and delicious creations like the brownie and Pina Colada, a rich array of travel history traces back to Hilton. As the first global hospitality company nears the milestone 100th anniversary in 2019, we are diving into the archives. Follow along each week as we explore moments and artifacts from 100 years of Hilton history.
08.19.19Hilton’s 2014 Launch of Canopy by Hilton Redefined the Lifestyle Category
Just a few months after introducing Curio Collection by Hilton in 2014, Hilton welcomed a second unique new brand, Canopy by Hilton.
08.12.19Expanding Beyond the Continental United States
In 1949, Hilton opened Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, its first hotel outside of the continental United States.
08.05.19Transforming the In-Room TV Experience
In 1947, The Roosevelt Hilton in New York City became the first hotel in the world to install televisions in guest rooms.
07.29.19Hilton Caters to Local Discovery with 2014 Launch of Curio Collection by Hilton
Hilton introduced major additions to its portfolio of market-leading brands in 2014, with the launch of two unique concepts.
07.22.19The Launch of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals
In May 2018, Hilton launched its Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals.
07.15.19Opening The Beverly Hilton: Excitement & Entertainment
The Beverly Hilton opened its doors to Hollywood and the rest of the world in style in 1955.
07.08.19Hilton Revolutionizes the Hospitality Fitness Experience
In 2017, Hilton unveiled Five Feet to Fitness, introducing the biggest change in the fitness hospitality space in 20 years.
07.01.19The Acquisition of Statler Hotel Company: A Record-Breaking Deal
In 1954, Conrad Hilton made a $111 million deal, which at the time represented the greatest merger in hotel history and the largest real estate transaction the world had ever known.
06.24.19Creating the Blue Hawaii
On Jan. 3, 1957, the head bartender of Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Harry Yee, created the Blue Hawaii tropical drink.
06.17.19Creating Industry Firsts: The Multi-Hotel Reservation System
In 1948, Hilton was the first to install a multi-hotel reservation system.
06.10.19Tru by Hilton’s Statement-Making Launch
In January 2016, Hilton launched Tru by Hilton at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit.
06.03.19Hilton and the New York Stock Exchange
In 1946, the then-named Hilton Hotels Corporation filed to list on the New York Stock Exchange and would soon begin trading under the ticker symbol HLT.