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Hilton Hotels Corporation Recognizes 2005 Development Champions
for Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites Hotels Brands
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - May 17, 2006 -- The Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites Hotels brands recognized the top development champions of 2005 during the Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit, held May 3-5 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hotel development awards across the three brands were presented in four distinct categories: Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Developer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement. 

"Following a year of remarkable achievement for our company, we are proud to recognize our 2005 development award winners, who have truly embraced our Hilton Family brand promise to 'be hospitable' and have proven their commitment to our communities and industry," said Tom Keltner, president - brand performance and development group, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "Together with our hotel developers and combined with our turnkey programs that give them the tools to achieve success, we will perpetuate the Hilton Family momentum of having the largest development pipeline within the industry." 

Best Conversion Winners

Hilton: James Procaccianti - The Procaccianti Group for the Hilton
Providence, R.I.

Doubletree: Robert O'Loughlin & Craig Cobler - Lodging Hospitality
Management for the Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport

Embassy Suites Hotels: Barry Wallace - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts for
the Embassy Suites Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

Deal of the Year Winners

Hilton: Bruce L. Thompson - Thirty-First Street, LC for the Hilton
Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Doubletree: Tom Baltimore - RLJ Development, LLC for the Doubletree 
Hotel Washington, D.C.

Embassy Suites Hotels: John Peterman, Paul Misch and Rich Parks -
Whiteco Industries & WPM Construction LLC for the Embassy Suites Hotel
Tampa Brandon, Embassy Suites Hotel Denver and Embassy Suites Hotel
Ontario, California

Developer of the Year Winners

Multi-brand: Pace Cooper - Cooper Companies for the conversion of the
Hilton Suites Detroit Airport to an Embassy Suites Hotel. With this 
conversion, Cooper Companies also becomes the only developer to have
all Hilton Family brands represented in its portfolio, with the
exceptions of the Conrad and Waldorf=Astoria luxury brands.

Hilton: Geoffrey Palermo - Justice Investors for the Hilton San
Francisco Financial District

Doubletree: Stephen L. Van - Prism Hotels for the Doubletree Hotel
Memphis Downtown and the Doubletree Hotel Wilmington (Delaware)
Downtown

Embassy Suites Hotels: John Q. Hammons - John Q. Hammons Hotels &
Resorts for the Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque

Outstanding Achievement Winner

Hilton: Charles L. Drury - Drury Development Corporation for the 
Hilton St. Louis Downtown

"We are delighted to present these awards to developers who have gone beyond the brand standards and have or will soon have hotels that exceed our guests' expectations for gracious hospitality and excellent value," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president - franchise development, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "We thank each of these developers for their commitment to maintaining and building top-quality hotels for our Hilton Family of Hotels." 

The Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit offered opportunities for hotel owners and corporate team members to learn, network and build relationships through general sessions, brand-specific meetings, workshops and award presentations. 

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. 

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Contact: 

Hilton Hotels Corporation
Kendra Walker, 310-205-4545
kendra_walker@hilton.com
www.hiltonworldwide.com

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Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation Names its Top Developers for its Focused Service Brands - Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton / February 2006
The Procaccianti Group Starts Conversion of the Holiday Inn Downtown Providence to The Hilton Hotel Providence; Redevelopment Includes Complete Interior and Exterior Renovations / August 2005
Following $5 million Renovation, the 327 room Holiday Inn Westport Rebranded the Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport / November 2005

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