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Homewood Suites by Hilton Increasing Canadian Footprint by 30%; to Open First Properties in Alberta and Adds Two New Dual-Branded Hotels to Market

McLean, VA., February 9, 2012 – Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotels, continues its expansion into Canada, with three new signed hotel agreements. The deals, which come on the heels of the opening of the brand’s tenth Canada property in Toronto-Vaughan, include two dual-branded properties, as well as Homewood Suites’ first hotels in Alberta.
 
“A market that has rebounded strongly from the global economic downturn, Canada represents a key growth area for Homewood Suites.  Given the current supply, there is an opportunity to add additional inventory in the extended-stay segment,” said Bill Duncan, global head, brand management, Homewood Suites by Hilton. 
 
Over the last decade, Homewood Suites has steadily built its presence in Canada, which now exceeds 1,000 suites across 10 hotels.  In 2011, Homewood’s Canadian portfolio performed strongly with more than a five-percent increase in both occupancy and average daily rate (ADR), and a double-digit increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR).  The balance of the brand’s current Canadian portfolio is located in Ontario and Quebec, including locations in Burlington, Cambridge, London, Markham, Mississauga, Mont Tremblant, Oakville, Sudbury, Vaughan and Toronto Airport, which shares a flag with Hampton Inn & Suites as the first dual-branded hotel property in the Canada market.
 
“We look forward to expanding our Canadian footprint into Alberta and are pleased that two of the three recently signed Canada agreements are for dual-branded properties with hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.  This speaks to the strength and efficiencies of the dual-branded model that Homewood Suites pioneered,” added Duncan.
 
Offering owners cost-savings in both the construction and operation phases, dual-branded hotels share common spaces such as the lobby and back-of-the-house areas like laundry facilities.  Homewood currently has six dual-branded properties in the U.S. and Canada.  New dual-branded Canada property agreements include:
  • Homewood Suites / Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Calgary Airport – Dual-branded property featuring 120 rooms for Homewood Suites and 136 rooms for Hampton is slated to open in Q1 2013 and is owned by Prestige Hospitality.
  • Homewood Suites / Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Calgary - Dual-branded hotel featuring 117 rooms for Homewood Suites and 198 rooms for Hilton Garden Inn is slated to open in Q2 2014 and is owned by Widewaters Hotels.
Additionally, the brand will open the Homewood Suites Montreal Airport property featuring 142 rooms in Q2 2014.  The hotel is owned by CHSM Inc.
 
Whether traveling for business or leisure, Homewood Suites caters to guests’ many needs.  For the cost of a typical hotel room, travelers get a roomy studio, one- or two-bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen, complimentary daily hot breakfast and evening dinner with drinks*, and complimentary Internet access.  Homewood Suites has been named “Highest in Guest  Satisfaction among Extended Stay Hotel Chains,”  eight out of the past 10 years in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study**. 
 
About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 300 hotels open with approximately 80 in the development pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, additional guest features include an on-site Suite Shop convenience store, complimentary grocery shopping services***, a complete business center, and laundry services at most locations. For more information, please visit www.homewoodsuites.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 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered 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 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 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®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.  
 
*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws.  Must be of legal drinking age.
 
**Homewood Suites received the highest numerical score among extended stay hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studies℠.    2011 study based on responses from 61,313 guests measuring 8 upper extended stay hotels and measures opinions of guest who stayed in a hotel May 2010-May2011.  Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed June 2010-May2011.  Your experiences may vary.  Visit jdpower.com. 
 
***Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.


Contact:

Jennifer Hughes
Homewood Suites by Hilton
(901) 374-6518
 jennifer.hughes@hilton.com


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