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Venezia Capitol Srl and Hilton Worldwide Through a Franchise Agreement
to Open Hilton Garden Inn in Venice, Italy




LONDON & VENICE, Italy & MCLEAN, Va. October 21, 2009 - Hilton Worldwide has today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with VENEZIA CAPITOL Srl to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in .

Scheduled to open by summer 2010, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will be a welcome addition to Venice Mestre, providing quality branded hotel accommodation and a second hotel for Hilton Worldwide, in this landmark European city.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development for Hilton Worldwide, said, “Following the opening of the iconic Hilton Molino Stucky in 2007, we are delighted to be adding a second hotel to the Venice market, providing guests with greater choice which is an important aspect of our growth strategy. This latest hotel will be the ninth Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Italy, six of which are already open. The signing of the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano demonstrates the significant growth and popularity of this award winning hotel brand both in Italy and across wider Europe where the brand now has over 30 hotels either open or in the pipeline.”

When it opens, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will offer 136 bedrooms, all featuring the brand’s key signature offerings, including the Garden Sleep System® bed, ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi Internet access. A stylish lobby and reception area will feature a lounge area and bar, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® which provides a selection of food and beverage options. A contemporary restaurant will also offer made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening room service. The Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will have two flexible meetings rooms and 24 hour business centre facilities, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness facilities – appealing to both business and leisure guests.

The signing of the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano marks Hilton’s continued growth in Italy, with 16 hotels already open, ranging from the ultra luxurious Waldorf Astoria Collection brand, to the full service Doubletree by Hilton brand and the mid-market Hilton Garden Inn.

With a history spanning over 1500 years, Venice is an internationally renowned centre of history, culture and magnificent beauty. Venice is also a significant business destination and is one of the most economically vibrant cities in Italy. The new Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano is well located for easy access to the famous Venice lagoon, and for the commercial and business districts of the city. The hotel will provide a quality mid-market hotel option for leisure visitors looking for good value during their trip to Venice and for business visitors demanding close proximity to the commercial areas of the Venetian mainland.

The Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will be conveniently located in the Mestre area of Venice, near the Park of San Giuliano and overlooking the main SS14 road which connects the airport with the city centre. The hotel will be located 4 miles from the recently renovated Marco Polo International Airport, which is fast becoming a major gateway to South East Europe, and 6 miles from Piazzle Roma – where the water taxis depart for Venice lagoon.

Adrian Kurre, Senior Vice President for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, said: “We are delighted to be signing our first hotel in Venice, and our ninth Hilton Garden Inn brand hotel in Italy; we firmly believe that we can continue to establish this brand as the leading mid-market hotel choice for both domestic and international travellers in Italy.”

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpotsTM mobile printing to the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds you will ever experience with the Garden Sleep System®. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home. Hilton Garden Inn represents one of the cornerstones of the Hilton growth strategy. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout North America and Europe, visit www.hgi.com

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About VENEZIA CAPITOL Srl

Mr Giancarlo Zacchello manages VENEZIA CAPITOL Srl and is a well respected figure in the Venice business community. Most recently he was the President of the Port Authority of Venice and also holds several representative positions in public and private institutions in the Veneto Region. Other business interests include, amongst others, shipping, agriculture, real estate and energy production.

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Contact:

Hilton Hotels (Europe)
Katrina Jones
VP Communications - Europe
Mb : +44 (0) 7966 894 287
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8313
Email: katrina.jones@hilton.com
or
Dan Corfield
Communications Manager - Europe
Mb : +44 (0) 7974 229 462
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8547
Email: dan.corfield@hilton.com

 

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The Al Hokair Group Signs Agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation to Develop Two Hilton Garden Inn Branded Hotels in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia / March 2009

The Fawaz Alhokair Group Signs Starwood to Manage Three New Hotels in Saudi Arabia / November 2008
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