Hilton, Alshaya Group to develop 70 hotels in nine countries

WCN Editorial Team 1 Aug 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Global hospitality firm Hilton has signed a master development agreement with international franchise operator Alshaya Group to develop 70 Hampton by Hilton hotels in nine countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, the inaugural hotel is expected to be opened in Kuwait in 2021, followed by another 50 within the next eight years. Another 20 hotels are in the development pipeline.

Hilton president and CEO Chris Nassetta said: “We are delighted to reach this exclusive agreement with Alshaya Group, strengthening our partnership and further expanding our global Hampton by Hilton portfolio.

“Alshaya has been an important partner, particularly as we celebrate 100 years of pioneering the hospitality industry this year, and we look forward to working together to introduce travellers to Hampton by Hilton in these high-growth destinations.”

To be located in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Russia, the hotels will be delivered by Alshaya Group, significantly expanding Hampton by Hilton’s presence in the regions.

Alshaya Group executive chairman Mohammed Alshaya said: “There is strong and growing demand for high quality accommodation in the region and we are excited by the potential of the Hampton by Hilton brand.

“This is an important new partnership for Alshaya, further diversifying our offer to consumers, and allowing us to replicate the global success of Hampton by Hilton in our operating markets.”

Hampton by Hilton operates nearly 2,500 hotels in 27 countries and is said to be the largest brand in Hilton’s portfolio.

In July 2019, Hilton’s iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi in the Maldives.

The 122 all-villa resort, which is spread across three interconnected islands, including an independent private island, features two Stella Maris Ocean Villas which are accessible only by boat.

The two villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and direct ocean access.

Image: Officials from Alshaya and Hilton during the agreement signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.

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