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Dalian Wanda Group Appoints Hilton Hotels Corporation to Manage Five Luxury
and Upscale Hotels in Hainan Island, Dalian and Nanjing, China by 2012
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Beverly Hills, Calif., 22 January 2009… China based Dalian Wanda Group, a major real estate developer, has announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Hilton Hotels Corporation to expand its footprint in the hotel industry in China. Hilton Hotels Corporation has been appointed to manage 5 hotels on behalf of subsidiaries of Dalian Wanda Group, which will own and develop the properties. 

Comprising selected upscale and luxury hotels as part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the agreements include plans for the Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay and Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay on Hainan Island, the Conrad Dalian and Hilton Dalian, and the Hilton Nanjing, to all be opened by 2012. 

Martin Rinck, president Asia Pacific – Hilton Hotels Corporation commented, “Through this important relationship with the Dalian Wanda Group, we are making further advances with bringing the value of our Hilton Family of Brands to life in China. With domestic travel continuing to grow and increasing interest in China from international visitors, we are committed to offer best in class hotel products in key cities across the country, and aim to make the Hilton Family a household name here. Five hotels in one day is a very special occasion and we are delighted to be working together with Dalian Wanda Group as a valued owner.”

The deal, which was recently signed at a ceremony in Dalian, marks a significant expansion for Hilton Hotels Corporation in China, adding another 1484 rooms to the operator’s system. With 9 hotels in operation, and 23 hotels under development, Hilton Hotels Corporation aims to increase its presence in China to 31 hotels, by 2012. 

Mr. Jian Lin Wang, Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group commented, “This is a great occasion where we have shown our commitment to developing more properties in the hotel sector. It’s important to work with a reliable operator and we believe that choosing Hilton Hotels Corporation will ensure we tap a long legacy of service excellence and global distribution capabilities to offer a great guest experience”.

Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay and Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay
The two new additions to Hainan Island will build on the success of Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa which opened in Yalong Bay in 2006, and add to the company’s recently announced plans to open Hilton hotels in Haikou and Qing Shui Bay. 

Dubbed the “Hawaii of China”, Hainan Island’s tropical climate, clear blue waters and white sandy beaches attract visitors from across the country as well as Russia, Europe and Asia, for leisure as well as for Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions. Sanya, is also home to the Miss World Pageant and hosts a variety of luxury hotel developments.

The Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay will feature 101 luxury resort villas on a prime site along the 20 kilometre sandy Haitang Bay Beach, and in close proximity to an 18-hole golf course. With 3 exclusive restaurants and beach dining as well as an intimate wine cellar, the resort will cater for luxury travellers with various recreational facilities including tennis courts, a swimming pool, spa, health club and a kids club.

The 450 room Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay will also feature innovative food and beverage outlets and recreational facilities. Both hotels are scheduled to open in 2011.

Conrad Dalian and Hilton Dalian 
The economic centre of China’s North-Eastern regions, known as Manchuria, Dalian is among the country’s most affluent cities with a colourful past as an imperial port outpost established in the Qing Dynasty.  Today, Dalian operates four special economic zones including a hi-tech, free trade and a national holiday resort zone. Its temperate climate, green planning and international history have cemented its position as a Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions – it has hosted major events as diverse as the Summer Davos Economic Forum, the International Beer Festival and the China International Garment & Textile Fair, and in 2007 attracted 24.8 million domestic visitors and 800,000 overseas visitors. 

The 210-room Conrad Dalian and 360-room Hilton Dalian will be located in one 35-storey tower, with the Hilton occupying the lower floors. The tower will be located on a waterfront site in the Dalian Central Business District, featuring an international conference centre, art galleries, retail boutiques, theatre and a cruise terminal and yacht club.  With panoramic sea views, the hotels are expected to become the “place for people to meet” in Dalian. Both hotels are scheduled to open in late 2012.

The Conrad Dalian will feature 210 well appointed guest rooms, a Chinese speciality restaurant, lobby lounge and bar with skyline vistas, contemporary meeting and business facilities with the latest technology, and a health club, swimming pool and spa. 

The Hilton Dalian will comprise extensive food & beverage outlets and innovative meeting space including a ball room, function rooms and boardrooms. For recreation guests will be able to choose among the hotel fitness centre and spa, tennis courts and swimming pool.

Hilton Nanjing
Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Nanjing is the economic and political powerhouse of Jiangsu Province. Established in 495 BC, Nanjing is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial Tombs[1] and was also the original port from which China’s Great Armada, the Imperial Treasure Fleet, embarked on its journey. The city has an illustrious culture and collection of heritage sites. With well preserved natural scenery, pagodas juxtapose modern architecture set against winding rivers, mountains and serene lakes. The city also boasts some of the world’s longest and tallest walls which were built to align with star constellations. 

Scheduled to be Part of a mixed use development, featuring a shopping mall, office space and serviced apartments, the 23 storey new build hotel will be situated at the intersection of 2 thoroughfares that serve Nanjing’s Central Business District. 

Scheduled to open at the end of 2012, the 363-room Hilton hotel will enjoy 5 innovative restaurants and bars, as well as extensive meeting and banqueting space and fitness facilities including a swimming pool, health club and spa. 

About Hilton Hotels Corporation 
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 74 countries and territories, including 135,000 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 nine 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, and to learn more about our be hospitable philosophy, please visit www.behospitable.com

In China, Hilton Hotels Corporation operates 6 Hilton hotels in Beijing, Beijing Wangfujing, Shanghai, Hefei, Sanya, Chongqing, and 2 Doubletree by Hilton Hotels in Beijing and Huaqiao/Kunshan as well as the Conrad Hong Kong. The Company has a pipeline of 23 hotels in various stages of development, scheduled to open by 2012.

About Dalian Wanda Group
Dalian Wanda Group is a leading real estate developer in China. Incorporated in 1988, Wanda currently records a total asset of US$4.4 billion and an annual turnover of US$2.9 billion. Its business covers commercial & real estate, retail, media & entertainment and hotels. Wanda is the owner of eight upscale hotels under the various international hotel brands. It currently has more than ten upscale hotel developments in its pipeline, including the proposed Conrad Haitang Bay and Doubletree Haitang bay, Conrad Dalian, Hilton Dalian and Hilton Nanjing.

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Contact:

Faith Thoms
Communications Director – Asia Pacific
Tel: +65 6833 9762
Email: faith.thoms@hilton.com

Dalian Wanda Group
Melanie Li
Email: liyuanyuan1@wanda.com.cn

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Also See: Dalian Wanda Group Appoints Accor to Manage 453-room Sofitel Wanda Beijing / December 2004
Joint Venture Selects Hilton to Manage a 500-room Resort on China’s Tropical Island of Hainan; The Hilton Qing Shui Bay Resort & Spa is Scheduled to Open in 2012 / October 2008
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