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Hilton Worldwide Signs Exclusive License Agreement for Major Expansion of Hampton by Hilton Hotels in China

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Hilton Worldwide today announced an exclusive license agreement with Plateno Hotels Group, one of China’s leading hospitality groups, to rapidly launch and develop the Hampton by Hilton brand in China. With this agreement, Hampton plans to have over 400 deals signed, with the first hotel expected to open by the end of 2015. Hampton by Hilton is a leader in the mid-priced hotel segment with nearly 2,000 properties in 17 countries. Plateno Hotels Group operates five brands with a portfolio of over 3,000 hotels in 300 cities across China and operates China’s largest hotel loyalty program, reaching 80 million members.

Hilton Worldwide signs an exclusive license agreement with Plateno Hotels Group, one of China's lead

Hilton Worldwide signs an exclusive license agreement with Plateno Hotels Group, one of China’s leading hospitality groups, to rapidly launch and develop the Hampton by Hilton brand in China (shown). Phil Cordell, global head of focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide (left) and Eric Wu, CFO of Plateno Hotels Group (right), participate in a ceremonial signing at a launch event in Beijing on October 30, 2014. (Photo: Hilton Worldwide)

“We expect that this partnership will allow us to accelerate our efforts to gain broad geographic and chain scale distribution in China, enabling us to access a large, growing customer base for both in country and outbound business,” said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Our five existing brands in China are growing at a rapid pace, and after extensively researching the market, we’ve seen an untapped opportunity to grow in the upper economy to mid-scale category. We’re now seizing the opportunity to introduce the Hampton by Hilton brand at scale with an unprecedented partnership with Plateno Hotels Group.”

China has a growing demand for the mid-scale hotel market and has a low supply of 3- to 3.5-star hotels. Hampton has designed a 3-star hotel prototype to fit top-tier cities in China, serving value-conscious, quality-driven business and leisure travelers. Hampton by Hilton’s portfolio in China will be a mixture of new builds, conversions and adaptive reuse properties. Plateno Hotels Group will lead the development and management of the hotels.

“Our key strategic objective for Hampton is to expand our global footprint in China by offering a very popular hotel product in the mid-scale market, which has not evolved as quickly as in the economy sector,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide. “Plateno has the largest hotel footprint and loyalty program in China, in addition to being experts in development and management. Our partnership will fuel the growth of Hampton by Hilton in China in addition to allowing us to establish strong relationships with new owners and guests.”

Guests of Hampton by Hilton hotels in China will be able to participate in the globally recognized loyalty program, Hilton HHonors. Plateno Hotels Group operates China’s largest hotel guest loyalty program with more than 80 million members, which will provide a new source of guests for Hampton by Hilton in China. The partnership will also provide an opportunity to educate Chinese guests about Hilton HHonors and Hilton Worldwide’s other best-in-class brands. Combined with Hilton Worldwide’s 43 million Hilton HHonors members in 94 countries, over 120 million travelers from China and around the globe will be able to earn rewards by staying at Hampton by Hilton hotels in China.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global hospitality leader Hilton Worldwide to bring Hampton by Hilton to China,” said Eric Wu, CFO of Plateno Hotels Group. “There is a substantial demand in China for a quality mid-scale lodging option, and we believe that Hampton is the right product to meet this need. Its enthusiastic and caring culture, together with its sought-after amenities such as free Wi-Fi, clean, comfortable beds and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, will be very appealing to Chinese travelers.”

Hampton and Plateno share common views on how best to serve guests. Plateno’s focus on a collaborative, fun-spirited brand culture that empowers team members to exceed guest expectations and needs is similar to Hampton’s culture of Hamptonality, the brand’s friendly and authentic approach to hospitality.

The 100% Hampton Guarantee, an unconditional satisfaction pledge, will continue to be a key pillar and will differentiate Hampton by Hilton in China from its competitors. Room count, product size and on-property and in-room amenities will also be consistent with the Hampton brand, including free Wi-Fi and comfortable beds with duvets washed fresh for every guest.

A consistent interior design aesthetic will distinguish Hampton by Hilton in China as a brand projecting strength, value, fun and comfort. Public areas will share the same look and function as current Hampton properties outside of the Americas, with welcome and gathering zones, bars, communal tables and on-property amenities, including fitness centers, gaming zones and 24-hour snack bars and restaurants.

Hilton Worldwide currently has a footprint of five brands operating more than 17,000 rooms in China with nearly 50,000 rooms in the pipeline.

For more information, please visit http://news.hiltonworldwide.com or http://news.hampton.com.

About Hampton Hotels

Hampton Hotels, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment, serving value-conscious and quality-driven travelers. With over 1,900 properties totaling more than 195,000 rooms in 17 countries and territories, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. All Hampton hotels offer a friendly service culture, defined as Hamptonality, delivered by more than 50,000 Team Members and backed by the 100% Hampton(R) Guarantee, reinforcing its commitment to providing excellent service to business and leisure travelers alike. High quality and consistent accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, Hampton’s On the House(R) hot breakfast, the latest technology and innovations like multi-unit Power Cubes and the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed(R), combined with numerous locations globally have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands worldwide. Please visit www.hampton.com, http://news.hampton.com or www.hamptonoffers.com for more information and connect with Hampton Hotels online at www.faceboook.com/Hampton, http://twitter.com/Hampton or www.youtube.com/Hampton.

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 12 world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 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 Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors(R). Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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