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Hilton Worldwide Enters Agreement for First Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
in Barranquilla, Colombia, the 114-room Property to be Developed by
Hernando Heredia Arquitectos Ltda.


MCLEAN, Va. – (Dec. 2, 2011) – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement to operate a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Barranquilla, Colombia – the largest industrial and port city in Colombia’s Caribbean region.    The new-build Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla, expected to open in 2013, represents the brand’s fifth development project in Latin America and Hilton Worldwide’s fourth hotel in Colombia – following the recent opening of Hilton Bogota.
 
The Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla will be developed by Hernando Heredia Arquitectos Ltda.  Hilton Worldwide will operate the hotel under the terms of a multi-year management agreement as part of its expansion efforts in Latin America.
 
“This is an exciting time for Hilton Worldwide in Colombia,” commented Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide.  “With the recent opening of Hilton Bogota, and now the signing of the Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla, we are thrilled to expand our portfolio in one of Latin America’s most important destinations and are poised to continue our growth in this market.”  
 
Forming part of the award-winning, mid-priced brand that delivers high quality and value, the Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla will be approximately 40 minutes from the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, and will form part of a mixed use complex featuring office space, an upscale shopping mall with 126 stores, seven movie theaters and parking.  The city of Barranquilla, located in Northern Colombia, is served by both direct domestic and international flights including a less than three hour flight from Miami and a less than hour and a half flight from Colombia’s capital city of Bogota. 

“The Hilton Garden Inn brand is committed to global expansion and introducing the brand to new markets,” commented Adrian Kurre, Global Head, Hilton Garden Inn.  “We are excited about this latest hotel agreement and welcoming travelers with upscale and affordable accommodation in another key destination in Latin America.” 
 
The Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla will feature 114 guest rooms, all with the Garden Sleep System® allowing guests to adjust the firmness and softness of the bed, ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, LCD high-definition, flat-screen television, easy-to-set alarm clock with MP3 connectivity, a spacious work desk, and a “hospitality center” that features a mini refrigerator and coffee maker. 
 
Dining options will include a full service restaurant offering freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner, a bar, and the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® shop with a selection of delicious readymade meals, beverages and snacks.
 
Recreational facilities will boast an outdoor swimming pool, massage area, and a complimentary fitness center featuring Precor® cardio and strength training equipment, and Stay Fit Kits® that can be checked out from the hotel front desk and enable guests to do yoga, Pilates and core workouts in the privacy of their guestroom or in the workout facility.
 
Travelers to the Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla will also have access to nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as signature Hilton Garden Inn brand attributes such as complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business center. 
 
The Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 3,700 hotels worldwide.
 
Barranquilla is one of Colombia’s most important and largest industrial and port cities, due to its location near the delta of the Magdalena River.  Barranquilla has grown as a major business and tourist center thanks to its infrastructure and cultural influences.  The city features theaters, museums and the Carnival of Barranquilla – one of the most famous festivals in Colombia and recognized by UNESCO.
 
Hilton Worldwide currently has 47 hotels and resorts in Latin America and is expanding throughout the region with a robust development pipeline that includes properties in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru.
 
For more information about this hotel and upcoming openings of the award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand, guests should visit www.hiltongardeninn.com .   

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 public space and PrinterOn mobile printing to the hotel’s complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds 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.  For more information about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout North America, Europe and Central America or to find your next getaway, please visit www.HGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI. Hilton Garden Inn is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.  
 
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 93 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 3,750 hotels and timeshare properties, with 615,000 rooms in 85 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 or connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.HiltonWorldwide.com/Media.

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Contact:

Karla Visconti
+1 786 866 7240
karla.visconti@hilton.com


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