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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2017) — Signifying a resurgence of luxury tourism in Fort Lauderdale, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach officially debuted today with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an inspiring twist on a champagne cheers, celebratory soiree with cocktails and gourmet bites crafted by Executive Chef Jorge Ramos.

Guests in attendance included Chintan Dadhich, General Manager; Joe Berger, Executive Vice President & President, Americas for Hilton; John Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for Hilton; Pierre Heafey, Founder, Chairman and President of Heafey Group; Jose Luis Zapata, Developer; Julie Grimes, Vice President of Community Outreach for Heafey Group;

Carmine Zayoun, Vice President of Operations for Heafey Group, Miami; Andreas Ioannou, CEO of Orchestra Hotels & Resorts; and Barbara Sharief, Broward County Commissioner.

The ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted remarks from top Hilton executives, Joe Berger and John Vanderslice, as well as key Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach owners and Commissioner Barbara Sharief.

“At Hilton, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the luxury hospitality industry and with today’s celebration that is certainly the experience we have created with this stunning resort,” said Joe Berger, Executive Vice President & President, Americas for Hilton. ”Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach marks an inspiring addition to the destination.”

The 290-all suite resort redefines ultra-elegant hospitality, and offers jaw-dropping panoramic views and peerless design. The oceanfront oasis offers four dining and bar experiences, fitness center, abundant event space and an awe-inspiring 20,000-square-foot ocean facing pool deck.

“Today’s ribbon cutting officially welcomes the resort to Conrad’s repertoire of 33 properties across five continents,” said John T. Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for Hilton. “Conrad Hotels & Resorts prides itself in being a leader in the luxury hospitality industry and with the opening of Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, we are proudly continuing that tradition with inspiring properties.”

Immediately following the ceremony, guests were invited into the resort’s lobby for a  champagne toast, invigorating violin performance and light show. The celebration continued as guests moved to its elevated 6th floor Sky Deck. Met by a five-piece live band, aqua orb pool performers, fire breathers and gourmet pass-arounds crafted by Executive Chef Jorge Ramos, guests enjoyed the resort into the evening hours. To signify the final cap on the evening and festivity of the grand opening, fireworks lit up the sky.

“It is such an honor to celebrate Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach today and our commemorative opening with our owners as well as Hilton executives Joe Berger and John Vanderslice. Our ribbon cutting represents a significant evolution of luxury tourism in South Florida,” said General Manager Chintan Dadhich. “We are thrilled to be at the helm of this resurgence, offering our guests authentic interactions, flawless service delivery, innovative design, spectacular culinary experiences and unmatched programing. It is our outstanding and dedicated team, committed owners and Hilton support system that has allowed us to bring Conrad to the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale.”

The resort is located at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. For more information, visit the property website.

About Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

The 290-all suite property is located between Sunrise and Las Olas Boulevard on Fort Lauderdale's exclusive North Beach. The ocean view oasis offers the refined sophistication of beach resort living, combined with nods to South Florida yacht culture. With 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and 10,000 sq. ft. of ocean front outdoor space, the resort can accommodate up to 500 guests. The sixth-floor Sky Deck is the epicenter of social events for locals and visitors within the community. This luxury resort in South Florida is just steps from the beach, nearly four miles from the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal and six miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Learn more by visiting www.conradfortlauderdalebeach.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Contact: Megan Miller

mmiller@quinn.pr / +1 212 868 1900

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business, and pleasure seamlessly intersect. Conrad offers its guests an innovative way to Stay Inspired through curated collections of 1-hour, 3-hour or 5-hour experiences, available through www.stayinspired.com. Guests can manage their stay through the Conrad Concierge service in the Hilton Honors mobile app, getting access to pre check-in and room selection to ordering in room dining and mobile check-out, all from their own mobile device.

Consisting of 32 properties across five continents, Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting http://news.conradhotels.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit http://newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

Contact: Lisa Cole

Lisa.cole@hilton.com / +1 305 866 3646

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