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The DLF Group, a Real Estate Developer in India, and Hilton Hotels Corporation
Building Seven Hilton Branded Hotels Across India
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April 1, 2008 - DLF-Hilton reveals new projects under the Hilton®, Hilton Garden Inn®and Homewood Suites by Hilton® brands, part of the overall plans to develop and operate 75 hotels in India in the next five to seven years. 

New Delhi, India, 1st April, 2008… DLF and Hilton Hotels Corporation in India today announced that they have signed management agreements involving seven new hotel developments in the pipeline.

This marks the second stage in the DLF-Hilton Joint Venture Company’s overall strategic development plans to build and develop 75 hotels in India in the next five to seven years. The new projects named today will bring the total number of new hotels under this DLF – Hilton alliance to 16, comprising 3500 rooms. All these 16 projects are in various stages of development and construction.

To be managed by an affiliate of Hilton Hotels Corporation, the seven new hotels will cover different market segments under the Hilton Family of Brands: Hilton, the upscale full service brand; Hilton Garden Inn, the mid-scale brand and the Homewood Suites by Hilton, an extended stay hotel brand.

The projects are:

  1. Hilton Dwarka New Delhi, (300 rooms)
  2. Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi / Dwarka (400 rooms)
  3. Homewood Suites by Hilton New Delhi / Dwarka (100 rooms)
  4. Hilton Residences Kolkata (100 rooms)
  5. Hilton Garden Inn Chennai / OMR (250 rooms)
  6. Homewood Suites by Hilton Chennai / OMR (100 rooms)
  7. Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum (200 rooms)
Mr. Lenny Menezes, CEO of DLF Hilton Hotels Ltd, commented, “The relationship between DLF and Hilton is yielding great results and we are on track to achieve our strategic goal of creating a Pan-India presence in the hospitality sector.” Mr. Koos Klein, President, Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific, commented, “Through our Hilton Family of brands we are targeting the different needs of business and leisure
travelers in India, across the price points. Our alliance with DLF intends to announce more new hotel projects in India in the near future.”

Mr. Shakti Singh, Managing Director, DLF Hotel Holdings Ltd., commented, “The execution of these seven new management agreements with Hilton is a major step in the overall DLF strategy to rapidly scale up DLF presence in the hospitality sector to 25000 hotels rooms in the next five to seven years.”

The new developments in Kerala and Chennai reflect the growing demand for quality accommodations in South India, where IT and tourism industries are rapid gorwing. Additionally, Hilton Residences and Homewood Suites by Hilton are well positioned to cater to the burgeoning need for extended stay products.

Three Hotels in Dwarka
The Hilton Dwarka, Hilton Garden Inn Dwarka and Homewood Suites by Hilton Dwarka are planned to provide 800 hotel rooms located at International Convention Centre complex in Dwarka (New Delhi), which will comprise nearly 2 million sq. ft. of development, including international convention and exhibition centre facilities, and premium commercial facilities.

Dwarka is a fast growing district in southwest Delhi, strategically positioned within seven kilometers of the International and Domestic airports, and 10 kilometers from the commercial hub of Gurgaon, with its high density of Multi-National Corporations and domestic conglomerates. Dwarka is also very well connected with Delhi Metro network and provides easy access to National Capital Region.

Hilton Residences Kolkata
The 100-room Hilton Residences Kolkata is planned to be located in the Central Business District in Kolkata and is intended to complement the Hilton Kolkata (a project that was announced in May 2007) by offering long-stay residents a full service Hilton experience in an apartment setting.

Hilton Garden Inn Chennai / OMR; Homewood Suites by Hilton Chennai / OMR 
The 250-room Hilton Garden Inn Chennai / OMR and 100-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Chennai / OMR are planned to be located along the Old Mahabalipuram Road (“OMR”), often known as “India’s IT Highway”, abundant with Information Technology parks. The Hilton Garden Inn Chennai / OMR will aim to offer quality business focused accommodations to frequent business travelers to the area, while the Homewood Suites hotel is planned to offer an extended-stay option which includes home-like amenities such as fully-furnished kitchens, a relaxation/living space, and separate bedroom.

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
The Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is planned to be located less than five kilometres from Trivandrum’s Technopark. When completed this focused service hotel will be eight kilometers from the existing airport and accessible from three main road routes connecting guests to the north, west and east of the city. Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is designed to attract a mix of sophisticated business travellers to this emerging centre for the Information Technology and services industry and Biotechnology research, while Kerala continues to be a popular tourism destination across all sectors, including leisure, medical, eco and heritage tourism.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 76 countries and territories, including 100,000 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® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations®, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®. The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity. For more information about our company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com

About DLF Ltd
The DLF group is a leading real estate developer in India. The group has over 224 million sq. ft. of existing development and 748 million sq. ft. of planned projects. DLF is committed to quality, trust and customer sensitivity, and deliver on promises with agility, financial prudence and in tune with the highest global standards. The company has also entered into several strategic alliances with global industry leaders. DLF's core business traditionally has been development of residential, commercial and retail properties. DLF has a unique business model with earnings arising from development and rentals. Its exposure across businesses, segments and geographies, mitigates any downcycles in the market. DLF has recently forayed into the infrastructure, SEZ, financial services and hotel businesses. More information about the company is available on www.dlf.in

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Contact:

Hilton Hotels Corporation
Kendra Walker
VP Brand Communications Hilton Hotels Corporation (Los Angeles)
+1 310 205 4017
Kendra.Walker@hilton.com

DLF Limited
Shalini Vig Wadhwa 
General Manager Corporate Communications-DLF Ltd
+91 9810422292 / +91 42104436; 42102030
wadhwa-shalini@dlfgroup.in
 

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Also See: Hilton Hotels and DLF Joint Venture to Build 50 to 75 Hotels Across India; Hilton Will Invest Up to US 143 million in the JV Company / November 2006
Hilton Hotels Corporation Anticipates Adding 1,000 Hotels within North America in the next Five Years, and 1,000 Hotels Internationally Within the Next 10 Years / March 2007
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