EH STAFF – New Delhi
Hilton Worldwide announced that it has achieved a strong first half-year performance in new hotel signings in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and currently has the largest pipeline of new hotel projects for those regions in its history. The global hospitality company has secured 43 new signings so far this year in key Asia Pacific and Middle East markets including Australia, Greater China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.
With these new signings, Hilton Worldwide expects to add approximately 12,000 rooms to its portfolio in both regions across six brands – Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton. In the first six months of 2012, Hilton Worldwide expanded its DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with 24 new signings. Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said, “With experienced in-country development teams in major markets throughout the regions, we believe our growth strategy across six brands will more than double our portfolio in Asia Pacific and the Middle East from over 110 hotels and approximately 40,000 rooms currently, to over 350 hotels and 114,000 rooms within the next five years.”
This year saw a number of key signings in Asia Pacific, including the entry of new brands in Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. A selection of the projects in the pipeline for India include DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Gurgaon and Mayur Vihar, Delhi NCR. The all-suite, extended-stay DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore will open in the last quarter of the year.