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Launched in 2009, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Fastest Growing Brand in Hilton History
with 60 Approved Franchise Agreements and an Additional 30 in the Pipeline



March 30, 2010 --MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Home2 Suites by Hilton, the mid-tier, extended-stay hotel brand targeting value-wise extended-stay guests, continues to see promising growth in its development pipeline and substantiates it being the fastest growing brand in Hilton Worldwide’s history. Home2 Suites, which broke ground on its first hotel in Fayetteville, N.C. in December 2009, is on track to open more hotels in less time than any other Hilton Worldwide brand.

“Home2 Suites by Hilton is attractive to developers because it’s both economical to build and competitively priced,” said Bill Duncan, Global Head, Brand Management, Home2 Suites by Hilton. “The overwhelmingly positive response from the franchise community is reflected in our pipeline and the brand will quickly move into the markets of Canada and Mexico.”

Home2 Suites was launched in January 2009 in the midst of one of the worst recessions in the U.S. In the first six months, the brand secured 24 approved franchise agreements and within 10 months, the number doubled, making 48 approved deals. Currently, it has 60 approved franchise agreements with commitments to move into construction shortly and has more than 30 additional agreements in various stages of the development pipeline. The 100th Home2 Suites, a pivotal milestone for the brand, is anticipated to open in 2013.

“Hip and humble” Home2 Suites is especially flourishing in suburban markets that include government, long-term training and contract business – all industries that particularly benefit from the amenities of an extended-stay product. At an estimated $70-$80,000 cost per key, excluding real estate and based on the Memphis market, the configuration has proven desirable to developers. Additionally, the four-story wood frame construction requires a site plan that is less than two acres, allowing for less overall land space yet still maximizing rooms at a 108-key prototype.

Other attractive construction highlights include 4,200 square feet of community space; 56,668 gross square feet for the entire building; and comfortable suite sizes at 323 square feet for studios and 509 square feet for one bedroom suites. The operating model also allows for 14 to 16 employees, providing lower overhead costs.

Home2 Suites sets itself apart from competitors through overall guest experience and by aiming to provide a differentiated extended-stay offering. The signature of Home2 Suites will be the overall guest experience, with lifestyle-focused amenities such as expanded community spaces, combined laundry and fitness areas and outdoor walking trails. All of this is offered at a budget-conscious price, affording guests the luxury of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle while on the road.

Additional information about Home2 Suites by Hilton, including site plans, room layouts and brand facts, may be found at www.Home2Suites.com. For information about franchising opportunities, visit www.HiltonFranchise.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 more than 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. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 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.

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Contact:

Home2 Suites by Hilton
Dana Arnold
480-368-7999
dana@olsoncomm.com

<>Melissa Giarrosso
901-374-6423
melissa.giarrosso@hilton.com

 
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Also See: Home2 Suites by Hilton Outlines More Design and Sustainability Details for Future Developers / April 2009

Hilton's New Brand, Home2 Suites, Designed to Fill a Perceived Void in the Midscale, Extended-stay Sector; Expected Development Cost per Key, Excluding Land, Will Average $70,000 to $75,000 / January 2009

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Details Core Initiatives for 2007, Includes Employee Training with Video iPods / January 2007
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