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 HVS International Honors the Board of Directors of Four Seasons Hotels Corp.
and Hilton's Steve Bollenbach with Lodging Leadership Awards
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June 5, 2006 - HVS Executive Search, a division of the global hotel consulting firm HVS International, has honored Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: FS) as the lodging industry’s top performing board of directors for the year 2005 and Stephen Bollenbach, chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE: HLT), as the lodging industry's top performing chief executive officer of 2005. 

Top Performing Board of Directors

Keith Kefgen, president of HVS Executive Search, and Stephen Rushmore, president and founder of HVS International, presented the award today to Charles Henry, President of Hotel Capital Advisers, and a member of the Four Seasons Board of Directors, during the 28th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. This is the second time Four Seasons received this honor; it also earned this title for the year 2002.

The award is presented each year to the board of directors that is most effective in leading a public lodging company. The ranking is done using a corporate governance model designed by Kefgen, and compares board makeup, independence, committee structure, conflicts of interest and a commitment to pay-for-performance.

"The responsibility of running a public company in today's environment is tremendous," says Kefgen. "With new regulations, strong and effective corporate governance is more critical than ever. "And Four Seasons is the first two-time winner of this award, an accomplishment we regard as impressive and which deserves acknowledgment."

"This honor is a testament to the combination of expertise, intelligence and integrity exhibited by my colleagues on the Board , and I am delighted to accept the award on their behalf," said Henry. "Our industry has faced unprecedented challenges in recent times, and the dedication and support of our board in helping us manage through successfully is worthy of recognition."

Top Performing Chief Executive Officer 

HVS Executive Search has honored Stephen Bollenbach, chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE: HLT), as the lodging industry's top performing chief executive officer of 2005. Keith Kefgen, president of HVS Executive Search, and Stephen Rushmore, president and founder of HVS International, presented the award yesterday during the 28th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

The award is presented each year to the lodging industry CEO who offers the best value to shareholders based on a Pay-for-Performance model designed by Kefgen. The model compares CEO compensation to such indicators as stock appreciation, market capitalization, and increases in EBITDA or FFO, to determine the top-performing CEO.

Stephen F. Bollenbach was named co-chairman of Hilton Hotels Corporation in 2004, and is also the company's chief executive officer, a position he has held since joining Hilton in 1996. In the past decade, Bollenbach has overseen a complete transformation of the company including the acquisition of Bally Entertainment, which made Hilton the world's largest casino gaming company. He later spun off Hilton's gaming operations in a tax-free transaction to form Park Place Entertainment (now Harrah's Entertainment). In 1999, Hilton Hotels Corporation acquired Promus Hotel Corporation. The acquisition added 1,400 hotels and several well-known hospitality brands including Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton and Homewood Suites by Hilton. Most recently, the company acquired the lodging assets of Hilton Group, Plc, re-uniting the Hilton brand for the first time in over 40 years and making Hilton Hotels Corporation the world's largest hotel company (as measured by EDITDA). Under Bollenbach's leadership, the Hilton Family of Hotels has grown to include 2,800 hotels with 485,000 rooms in 80 countries. 

"Under Steve's leadership Hilton Hotels Corporation has grown to become one of the world's largest hospitality companies and is positioned as a global leader in the dynamic travel and tourism business. The company's recent Hilton International transaction has created tremendous value to shareholders" says Kefgen. 

Matthew J. Hart, president and chief operating officer, Hilton Hotels Corporation, accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Bollenbach who also received the HVS Lodging Leadership Award in 1998.



Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalised 24-hour service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified in its employees – people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service. Founded in 1960, Four Seasons has followed a targeted course of expansion, opening hotels in major city centres and desirable resort destinations around the world. Currently with 70 hotels in 31 countries, and more than 25 properties under development, Four Seasons will continue to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements, making business travel easier and leisure travel more rewarding. For more information on Four Seasons, visit www.fourseasons.com. 

Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) is the leading global hospitality company, with nearly 2,800 hotels and 485,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Coral by Hilton®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™. 

HVS Executive Search is the nation's leading retained executive search firm specializing in the hospitality industry. Core competencies of the firm also include compensation design and corporate governance consulting. In addition, HVS Executive Search offers online recruitment through www.hospitalitycareernet.com, and employment assessment through www.2020skills.com.

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Contact:

Leora Halpern Lanz
Email: llanz@hvsinternational.com
Phone: +1 516-248-8828 ext. 278 

Barbara Henderson
barbara.henderson@fourseasons.com
Phone: +1 416-441-4408

Kathy Shepard
Email: kathy_shepard@hilton.com
Phone: +1 310-205-7676

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Also See: Hasu Shah, CEO of Hersha Hospitality, Named the Lodging Industry’s Top Performing Chief Executive of 2004 by HVS Executive Search / June 2005
HVS Executive Search Presents Lodging Leadership Award For Board Performance To Arlington Hospitality and The Lodging Industry’s Top Performing Chief Executive Officer of 2003 Award to Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels / June 2004
David Litman, CEO and Co-founder of Hotels.com, Named the Lodging Industry’s Top Performing CEO of 2002 by HVS Executive Search / June 2003

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