Hilton Worldwide Honors Top Hotel Owners in the Americas with Annual Development Awards
August 31, 2015 9:12am
McLean, Va., August 31, 2015 — Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced honors for its top annual development awards in the Americas. Awards are presented in five categories across the company’s portfolio of hotels, including: Developer of the Year, Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Outstanding Achievement and Lifetime Achievement. Recipients are recognized based on criteria ranging from total number and quality of hotels developed to impact on community and fastest construction time. Once nominated, the finalists are chosen by Hilton Worldwide’s global brand heads.
“We are proud to celebrate the achievements of these valued Hilton Worldwide partners with whom we have developed strong relationships that have allowed us to expand our footprint not only in Americas, but globally,” said Matt Wehling, senior vice president, development – U.S. and Canada, Hilton Worldwide. “The growth and success of our portfolio of brands can be attributed to our dedicated owners who share innovative vision and leadership, service-oriented culture, exceptional management skills, and committed values.”
A Lifetime Achievement Award is given each year to a developer based on the commitment to his or her quality of projects, impact on local community, significant work in the development arena over a minimum of 20 years, as well as loyalty to the Hilton family of brands.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Stephen L. Schwartz, chairman of First Hospitality Group, a leading developer, owner and operator of quality hotels in the Midwest since 1984.
“We couldn’t be happier to honor Steve and his entire team at First Hospitality Group with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Wehling. “Our relationship with Steve started more than 30 years ago, back in the Promus days of our company’s history, and since then we’ve cultivated an invaluable partnership that helps bring our brands to life at his 20 Hilton Worldwide properties. We wish to congratulate him on this achievement.”
Each full service and focused service brand within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of 12 market leading brands honors a Developer of the Year. Developer of the Year winners are chosen based on the number of deals approved and a combination of new projects and quality of projects that meets or exceeds brand standards. The awards for 2014 include:
Franchisees honored in additional categories include:
Best Conversion award winners are chosen based on the nature of conversion, location and impact on community, total size and financial commitment, and creative use of set development standards.
Deal of the Year award winners are chosen based on the most creative process used to seal the deal against insurmountable obstacles, location and impact on community, unique look and feel of the hotel, as well as the size and scope of the project.
Outstanding Achievement awards are given when a franchisee has achieved an extraordinary accomplishment, outside of the above categories.
For more information about Hilton Worldwide and development opportunities, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/development.
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Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton 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 HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.
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