Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement for First Hotel in Swaziland, Africa


storyMbabane & McLean, VA, 22 June 2015 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), the world’s fastest-growing hospitality company, today announced the signing of a management agreement with the Swaziland Public Service Pensions Fund to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane, Swaziland.

The new build 130 guest room hotel will be located in the centre of Mbabane, the adminstrative capital and largest city in Swaziland. Located on Mhlambanyatsi Road, the main arterial route serving the city centre, the hotel will be situated in the CBD and ideally positioned for local and international travellers. The hotel will also feature some 245 square meters of dedicated event space with 105 square meters of pre-function space, as well as a large fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.

“It is always exciting to have an opportunity to bring our brands into a country for the first time, and we are delighted to be introducing Hilton Garden Inn to Swaziland,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa, for Hilton Worldwide. “Globally, Hilton Worldwide welcomed more guests than any other hospitality company in the first quarter of 2015 – and with our portfolio fast approaching 20,000* rooms in Africa – growth is being realized across the continent as we welcome more and more guests to our hotels.”

Mbabane is served by regular services to Johannesburg for connections within South Africa, Africa and internationally. The country benefits from an established road network and in recent years has seen investment into the development of a new airport in Sikhupe – which is just one hour from the capital.

Cleopas Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer of Public Service Pensions Fund said, “We are pleased to have signed an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mbabane. By partnering with Hilton, we look forward to maximizing performance by utilizing the company’s global presence and loyal customer base, which will allow us to welcome a wide range of travellers.”

Hilton Garden Inn is well-known by guests around the globe for its upscale amenities, which enable guests to work smart, stay fit, sleep deep, eat well and treat themselves during their stay. Adrian Kurre, global head of Hilton Garden Inn, commented, “As we expand with more Hilton Garden Inn locations across Africa – we see an incredible opportunity to establish our portfolio as the continent’s leading mid-market brand – offering travellers a network of trusted hotels in diverse locations including Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia and now, Swaziland.”

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at: http://www.hiltongardeninn.com or news.hgi.com
*20,000 rooms trading or under development.
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Hilton Worldwide.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-recognized, peaceful and energizing hotel brand that continually strives to ensure today’s busy travelers are appreciated and have everything they need to be most productive on the road. Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart during their stay. Approachable and professional team members operating at over 625 hotels around the world are committed to providing a welcoming and dependable hotel experience for every guest, every time which is reflected in the satisfaction promise to do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don’t pay. You can count on us. Guaranteed™. With Hilton’s award-winning digital check-in with room selection tool, Hilton HHonors members can log into their accounts and choose their exact room from a digital floor plan, as well as customize their room prior to arrival with amenity requests. The service is available for 650,000+ rooms at more than 4,100 properties across 11 brands worldwide.

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About Hilton Worldwide

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 95 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 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 rooms in 94 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®.

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Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide – MEA
+971 (0) 56 416 1323

Christine Miller
Hilton Worldwide – Global
+1 901 374 6462


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