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Hampton Hotels Named in the Top 5 of 500 Franchises Ranked for 2010
by Entrepreneur Magazine

MCLEAN, Va. January 5, 2010--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hampton Hotels (www.hampton.com), the international brand of more than 1,700 mid-priced Hampton Hotels, today announced that it was honored to be ranked 4th in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500®, known as the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

“This is a great honor for us,” said Phil Cordell, Global Head, Hilton Focused Service and Hampton Brand. “We have an outstanding business model all backed by the Hilton Worldwide machine, and it’s very encouraging to receive such recognition from a credited and impartial source. Breaking into the Top 10 is a first for Hampton, which underscores the growing strength of our brand, our determination to put guests first and having outstanding franchisees and team members, what a great way for the brand to start 2010.”

Hampton has been focused and forward thinking over the years, anticipating the changes in the hospitality industry, guests’ needs and listening to its franchisees by incorporating them into every change and innovation program. For over 25 years Hampton has led the mid-priced segment and in 2010, Hampton will continue its ongoing growth with initiatives to transform the hotel brand, to enhance the guest experience at all of its hotels and deliver a successful business for its franchisees.

Hampton continues to raise the bar in its segment, moving on to the next stage of the hotel and guest experience - what’s next for Hampton? Welcoming international franchisees as the brand develops its international pipeline, continuing to connect with new and loyal guests and maintaining what it has stood for over the years: value and consistency, all backed by its renowned 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 ranks franchises based on a variety of criteria, including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the system. This year’s 2010 rankings mark the 31th anniversary of the Franchise 500.

About Hampton Hotels

The Hampton brand, including; Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With more than 1,700 properties globally Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company. All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture that share a common “personality” supported by the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands. For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit www.hampton.com/pressandmedia, www.facebook.com/Hampton or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HamptonFYI.

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 Entrepreneur Media Inc.
Entrepreneur Media Inc. is the premier content provider for and about entrepreneurs. Our products engage and inspire every day with the advice, solutions and resources that fuel the bold and independent way entrepreneurs think.

After more than 32 years, nobody reaches more growing businesses. As the original magazine for the small and midsize business community, Entrepreneur continues to be the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership. Entrepreneur.com is the most widely used website by entrepreneurs and emerging businesses worldwide. Entrepreneur Press publishes the books that turn entrepreneurial skills into business success.

To learn more, visit www.entrepreneur.com.

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Contact:

Charmaine Easie-Samuels
Hampton Brand Communications
(901) 374-6462
charmaine.easie-samuels@hilton.com
or
Andrew Crosby
Crosby-Volmer Communications
(901) 575-0010
acrosby@crosbyvolmer.com


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