Hilton Hotels Corporation


Hilton Hotels Corporation

Infobox_Company
company_name = Hilton Hotels Corporation
company_
company_type = Private (subsidiary of Blackstone Group)
company_slogan = "be hospitable"
parent = Blackstone Private Equity
foundation = 1919
founder = Conrad Hilton
location = Beverly Hills, California
key_people = Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO
num_employees = 105,000 (April, 2007)
industry = Hotels
revenue = $8.162 billion USD (2006)
homepage = [http://www.hiltonworldwide.com Hilton Hotels Corporation]
area_served = Worldwide
locations = 2,645

Hilton Hotels Corporation, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, is a global hospitality company. As of April 2007 Hilton brands encompass 2,645 hotels and 485,000 rooms in more than 80 countries.

The company owns, manages or franchises a portfolio of brands, including Hilton Hotels, Conrad Hotels, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations Company, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection. It was founded by Conrad Hilton in Cisco, Texas and now has headquarters in Beverly Hills, California.

History

The original company was founded in 1919 by Conrad Hilton.

The Hotels Statler Company was acquired in 1954 for $111,000,000 in what was then the world's most expensive real estate transaction.

The company separated its international operations into a separate traded company on December 1, 1964, known as "Hilton International Co.". In 1967 Trans World Corp., the holding company for Trans World Airlines, acquired the separated company. In 1986 it was sold to UAL Corp., the holding company for United Airlines, who became Allegis Corp. in an attempt to re-incarnate itself as a full service travel company encompassing Westin Hotels and Hertz rental cars in addition to Hilton International and United Airlines. In 1987 after a corporate putsch, the renamed UAL Corp. sold Hilton International to Ladbroke Group plc, a British leisure and gambling company, which in May 1999 adopted the name "Hilton Group plc".

As a result, there have been "two" separate, fully independent companies operating hotels under the "Hilton" name. Those Hilton Hotels outside the US were, until recently, styled as "Hilton International" hotels. In addition, for many years hotels run by the Hilton Group in the US were called Vista International Hotels, while hotels operated by the American arm of Hilton outside the US were named Conrad Hotels. The Vista chain has been phased out, while Conrad is now restyled as one of the luxury brands of Hilton (along with The Waldorf-Astoria Collection) and operates hotels within the US, as well as abroad. To minimize consumer confusion, the American and British Hilton companies, for the last few years, had a joint marketing agreement under which they share the same logos, promote each other's brands and maintained joint reservation systems.

In 1971, Hilton acquired International Leisure Company, acquiring the Las Vegas Hilton and Flamingo Hilton with the purchase. [ cite web |url= http://gaming.unlv.edu/abstract/fin_mgm.html |title= Nevada Gaming Abstract - MGM MIRAGE Company Profile |accessdate=2007-03-26 |format= |work= ]

In 1998, Hilton spun off its gaming operations into a separate, publicly held company called Caesars Entertainment (formerly Park Place Entertainment).

In 1999, Hilton acquired Promus Hotel Corporation, which included the Doubletree, Red Lion, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, & Homewood Suites brands. [ cite web |url= http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9402EEDE163DF93BA3575AC0A96F958260 |title= Hilton to Buy Promus Chain |accessdate=2008-03-23 |format= |work= ]

In 2001, Hilton agreed to sell Red Lion to WestCoast Hospitality. [ cite web |url= http://www.hotelinteractive.com/index.asp?page_id=5000&article_id=1229 |title= Hilton Sells Red Lion, Select Doubletrees To WestCoast |accessdate=2008-03-23 |format= |work= ]

HHC was granted the naming rights to the George R. Brown Convention Center in late 2003. The Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston, Texas, is connected to the convention center.

On December 29, 2005, Hilton Hotels Corporation agreed to re-acquire Hilton International along with its Conrad Hotels, Scandic Hotels and LivingWell Health Clubs affiliates from British-based Hilton Group plc for GBP 3.3 billion (or $5.71 billion) bringing the two groups back together. Hilton Group then re-assumed the name Ladbroke Group plc. On February 23, 2006, the deal closed, making Hilton Hotels the world's fifth largest hotel operator in number of rooms [ [http://www.hotel-online.com/News/PR2006_2nd/Apr06_TopTenGroups.html MGM Consulting] ] .

The "Waldorf-Astoria Collection" was announced on January 17, 2005 as a new Luxury Brand.

On March 1, 2007, Scandic Hotels was sold to EQT V Group. [ [http://www.eqt.se/Page____557.aspx?epslanguage=DE www.eqt.se] ]

On July 3, 2007, Hilton Hotels Corp. agreed to an all-cash buyout from The Blackstone Group LP in a $20.1 billion deal that would make Blackstone the world's largest hotel owner. The private equity group said it would combine cash from its real estate and corporate private equity funds to buy all outstanding Hilton shares for $47.50 each, a 32 percent premium over the July 3 closing stock price. The companies valued the deal at $26 billion including debt.

In October 2007, Christopher J. Nassetta was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hilton.

Boycott in Norway

In Norway Scandic Hotels, owned previously by the Hilton Hotel Corporation, faced an uproar for refusing to book rooms for a Cuban delegation because of the U.S. trade embargo on the communist-run island. The 300,000-member Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees said it would boycott all Scandic hotels in Norway. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said all companies operating in Norway have to obey Norwegian law. It's expectedthe court will order the Scandic Hotels to pay fines for expelling guests. [ [http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2007/01/06/news/latest_news/991b21c618f82f968625725b0018ae42.txt Sioux City Journal ] ] [ [http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/16395787.htm Miami Herald ] ] [ [http://www.norwaypost.no/cgi-bin/norwaypost/imaker?id=39068 Norway Post ] ] [ [http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1588997.ece aftenposten] ]

Hilton in Popular Culture

A fictional Pan Am "Space Clipper," a commercial spaceplane called the "Orion III", brings scientist Dr. Heywood R. Floyd to the rotating wheel space station in Stanley Kubrick's film "", where visitors can stay at a Hilton hotel. Hilton's trademarked logo appears prominently in the space station's lounge.

Hilton brands

* Hilton Hotels
* Conrad Hotels
* Doubletree
* Embassy Suites Hotels
* Hampton Inn
* Hampton Inn & Suites
* Hilton Garden Inn
* Hilton Grand Vacations Company
* Homewood Suites by Hilton
* The Waldorf=Astoria Collection

Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors is the loyalty program of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, active at all of the Hilton brands. There are four tiers of membership, in ascending order, Blue, Silver VIP, Gold VIP, and Diamond VIP.

Hilton HHonors is the only hotel rewards program that offers both Points & Miles for the same stay and No Blackout Dates. Members can earn both hotel points and airline miles for the same stay at more than 3,000 Hilton Family hotels in over 80 countries worldwide. If a standard room is available, any member can redeem HHonors points for it.

HHonors rewards include free hotel nights, experience getaways, dream vacations and premium merchandise. Members can also convert HHonors points to airline miles or vice versa. Additional VIP-only benefits are available to VIP members, including bonus points, complimentary health club privileges, hotel room upgrades, and reward planner services.

Franchising

Most Hilton brand hotels are franchised to independent operators and companies. This business practice has proved successful in rapidly expanding the various Hilton brands to markets all over the United States. Franchisors must follow strict brand standards in order to maintain a licensing agreement with the Hilton Hotels Corporation. All franchised hotels are regularly inspected by the Hilton Quality Assurance Team to enforce brand standards.

External links

* [http://hiltonworldwide.hilton.com/en/ww/index.jhtml Hilton Hotels Corporation]

References


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