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Hilton Worldwide Opens First DoubleTree by Hilton in the Middle East with
172-room DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba in Aqaba, Jordan


AQABA, Jordan – 31 March, 2011
:  Hilton Worldwide today announced the debut of its first hotel in Jordan with the opening of the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Middle East. Overlooking the Red Sea, the DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba is located in the central business district of Jordan’s southernmost and only coastal city, within walking distance of popular seashore attractions and all major shopping areas. The newly built, 173-room hotel has been designed to welcome guests with contemporary style, an array of upscale amenities and warm Arabian hospitality.

“DoubleTree by Hilton offers hotels and resorts in some of the most sought-after business and leisure destinations around the world. The DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba is an excellent representation of the type of hotels and resorts we look forward to introducing in key cities and countries across the Middle East. We hope that travellers and residents alike will enjoy and appreciate this distinctively new and refreshing DoubleTree by Hilton experience in Aqaba as we grow quickly across the region,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.

Named by the Arab Tourism Ministers Council as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2011, Aqaba is particularly well known for its resort lifestyle amongst intra-regional travellers, as well as European holidaymakers, who often stay while also visiting cultural and eco-adventure destinations such as Wadi Rum, Petra and the Red Sea. Furthermore, as Jordan’s sole coastal city and seaport, the destination benefits from commercial activity and, in turn, business travel.

“The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba is a strategic milestone for us in the Middle East and a sign of the progress we’re making in expanding our geographical and brand footprint in the region. This hotel is the first of four we have in our development pipeline in Jordan and we’re looking forward to becoming a positive and contributing member of the tourism industry here,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, area president - Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba, influenced by modern Italian design, boasts spacious guest rooms and suites with Red Sea views, 32-inch LCD TVs, generous work surfaces, luxurious baths, high-speed internet access, 24-hour in-room dining and the ultra-comfortable Sweet Dreams® by DoubleTree Sleep Experience.  For on-site recreation and fitness, the hotel features a semi-covered, infinity-style swimming pool; two whirlpools; a sauna and steam room; and a fully-equipped fitness centre, with the latest in cardiovascular and weight training equipment.

More than 220 m2 of exclusive meeting and event space is available for business meetings, conferences or social receptions of up to 130 people at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba. A variety of dining and refreshment outlets also are available at the hotel for guests to enjoy and socialise throughout the day and into the evening. The extensive DoubleTree Breakfast with a wide selection of hot and cold food items provides a delicious way to start the morning. Tree Café serves freshly brewed coffees and teas, homemade pastry and a wide selection of snacks and light lunch options. Infinity presents the perfect combination of outdoor lounging and lunch, with scenic views over the Gulf of Aqaba. King’s proudly features an excellent dinner selection of top-quality meats and international premium wines. For a hip music and dining experience, D-Lounge combines trendy décor, refreshing beverages and fusion cuisine.

DoubleTree by Hilton has a longstanding tradition of distinctively designed hotels that reflect their destination and create a rewarding experience for their guests in 16 countries across five continents. DoubleTree by Hilton characteristic qualities include the warm worldwide welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie to every guest at check-in, the rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors® loyalty programme and a unique caring commitment to the communities in which they operate. This latest hotel development represents the first of two DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings within days of one another in the Middle East, with the DoubleTree by Hilton Ras al Khaimah, UAE also opening in the coming week.

Hilton Worldwide currently operates 46 hotels and one convention centre in the Middle East & Africa, totalling to more than 14,500 rooms across 15 countries. In Jordan, Hilton Worldwide currently manages the prestigious King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre based in the Dead Sea. The centre will be linked to the upcoming Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa when the resort opens in 2014. The company also has Hilton Tala Bay Aqaba and Hilton Amman Jordan Gate in the development pipeline in Jordan. Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 31 properties across Middle East & Africa in the U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Namibia, Nigeria and Cape Verde.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba is located just 15 minutes from King Hussein International Airport (AQJ).  The hotel address is Al-Hammamat Al-Tunisyya Street, Aqaba, Jordan 77110. For more information or to make reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba, please contact your local travel professional, visit the hotel’s website at www.aqaba.doubletreebyhilton.com or call the hotel directly at +962 2 209 3209.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 240 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations worldwide, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travellers.  From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward programme, each DoubleTree by Hilton guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To find out information about any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel or resort, travellers may contact their preferred travel professional or visit the brand’s website at www.doubletree.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 92 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 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, 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, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com

The Hilton Worldwide Reservations and Customer Care telephone numbers in the Middle East are as follows:
UAE
- 8000 20000 11 Qatar -800 20 222
KSA 
- 800 82000 10 Egypt
- 19009
Bahrain - 8000 4058
Jordan  - 00202 25805927
Kuwait - 222 56 200
Lebanon 
- 00202 25805928
Oman
- 800 78 788 Syria 
- 00202 25805926

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Contact:

Emma Corcoran / Saba Al-Mahadin
Hilton Worldwide Corporate Communications
emma.corcoran@hilton.com / Saba.Al-Mahadin@hilton.com
+971 (0)4 365 4886 (UAE) / (+962) 6 556 3012 (JORDAN)
 
Thomas Wingham
DoubleTree by Hilton Global Brand Public Relations
thomas.wingham@hilton.com
+1 703 883 5315 (USA)


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