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Hilton Signs Management Agreement with Otel LLC to Manage
 a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Samara, Russia

 
London, Moscow & Virginia, 07 October 2009: Hilton Worldwide has today announced the signing of a management agreement with Otel LLC to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Samara, Russia. Scheduled to open in 2012, the Hilton Garden Inn Samara will become the sixth Hilton property in the country, and the second to join the award winning mid-market brand.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Patrick Fitzgibbon Senior Vice President Development for Hilton Hotels, said: “There is significant appetite from hotel owners and developers in Russia for a contemporary yet affordable, focussed service product and our Hilton Garden Inn offers the perfect fit. Following the success of the brand’s debut in Perm last year, we know there is strong growth potential for Hilton Garden Inn, especially in Russia’s regional centres where there is a real need for quality, internationally branded accommodation.”

When it opens, Hilton Garden Inn Samara will offer 195 modern rooms, 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. For business guests Hilton Garden Inn Samara will have two flexible meetings rooms and 24 hour business centre facilities.

Located on the intersection between Galaktionovskaya Street and Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, Hilton Garden Inn Samara will be close to the city’s main historical, cultural and administrative centre as well as its fast-growing business district. The city’s central train station and port are a short walk away from the property.

Situated approximately 1,000 km south east of Moscow, Samara is the country’s sixth largest city. With a population of over one million, the city is located on the River Volga and is one of Russia’s fastest developing cities.

Vladimir Koshelev who owns OTEL LLC, the private development company – and who is also majority shareholder and chairman of the board for the Aviakor Corporation said: “The Aviakor Corporation is one of the biggest construction companies of Volga region and we are proud to be involved in the development of a contemporary international branded hotel, that will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the regional hotel industry and generate further growth and investment appeal.”

Adrian Kurre, Senior Vice President for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, said: “We are delighted to be signing our second Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Russia and firmly believe that we have an opportunity to establish this brand as the leading mid-market hotel choice for both domestic and international travellers in the country over the next few years.”

Hilton has identified Russia as one of its key European growth markets for the roll out of the Hilton Family of Hotels. The company currently has two properties in Russia – Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya and Hilton Garden Inn Perm – with a further three Doubletree by Hilton properties expected to open in Novosibirsk, Perm and Sochi by 2011.

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 3,300 hotels in 77 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 AVIAKOR

Vladimir Koshelev is a chairman of the board of directors, and owner of AVIAKOR Corporation. AVIAKOR Corporation is one of the biggest construction companies of Volga region which takes up a leading position in residential space development. The corporation includes its own concrete producing plant (largest in the region), construction, project and production departments.

AVIAKOR Corporation is included in the list of strategically important enterprises for the region. All corporation activity facilitates economic and social development of the city - and into the regions.

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Contact:
 
Hilton Hotels (Europe)
Katrina Jones
VP Communications - Europe
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8313
Email: katrina.jones@hilton.com

Jules Kerby
Communications Director - Europe
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8076
Email: jules.kerby@hilton.com

 
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