Hilton Hotels & Resorts Named Number One Hotel Brand In Japan For Fourth Consecutive Year

Asia Pacific Hotel Business Guest Survey Ranks Hilton First In Awareness, Social Media Engagement, Hotel Use And Other Categories

This information originated in American English.

September 29, 2010

TOKYO and MCLEAN, Va. -  Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide's flagship brand, has again been chosen as the "Number One Hotel Brand" in Japan, based on the annual Asia Pacific Hotel Business Guest Survey conducted by UK-based consultancy group BDRC.

The BDRC brand ranking index takes into account a hotel brand's scores for prompted and unprompted awareness, usage of a brand in the last 12 months, preferred hotel choice, loyalty ratio and intention to recommend the hotel to others.  Based on these combined scores, Hilton Hotels & Resorts was ranked the "Number One Hotel Brand" in Japan for 2010, a title Hilton has held since 2006.  The survey took place in 14 countries across the Asia Pacific region, with 776 participants interviewed in Japan.

"This most recent ranking further solidifies our brand power in Japan and our position as the leader in global hospitality," said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.  "Our fast paced growth in Asia and consistent ranking among top consumer brands are the result of our innovation, passion and commitment to providing a refreshing experience for today's travellers."

In this year's survey, Hilton achieved its fourth consecutive first place ranking by scoring a total of 52 points out of 60 on the brand index, an improvement of four points from last year's score.  Furthermore, Hilton continues to extend its lead over second-placed ANA Hotels, which scored a total of 39 points out of 60.

Below is a breakdown of some important rankings for Hilton Hotels & Resorts.  These results speak to the Hilton brand's dominance across a variety of marketing, loyalty and sales measures.

1.    Ranks number one for "preference"

2.    Ranks number one for "unprompted awareness"

3.    Ranks number one for "prompted awareness"

4.    Ranks number one for "hotel brands used in the past 12 months"

5.    Tied for number one for "rooms booked for business via hotel websites in the last 12 months"

6.    Ranks number one for "hotel brands engaged with on social media websites"

Earlier this year, Hilton entered Fukuoka, Japan with the opening of Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk.  With more than 1,000 guest rooms, the hotel is the largest Hilton property in Asia Pacific and brings the brand's property count in Japan to eight hotels.  The Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio includes properties in more countries than any other full service hotel brand.  A global advertising campaign continues to tell the Hilton story in markets around the world and the brand recently became the "most liked" hotelier on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Hilton) and remains engaged on Twitter (www.twitter.com/HiltonOnline) and other leading social media channels.

The survey also showed some important results regarding hotel market trends in Japan:

1.    The regional hotel industry suffered severely during 2009, despite the continuous relative strength of economies like China and India

2.    Tokyo experienced the biggest increase in ADR (Average Daily Rate), and was the only market which showed an increase in RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room)

3.    Female business travellers have declined slightly (in total they accounted for 25 percent in 2005, while in 2010 they accounted for just 23 percent)

4.    The average stay for business travellers has decreased to 15 nights (from 19 nights in 2009)

5.    Social networking is perhaps less developed in Japan than in other western markets, but its influence in the travel sphere is significant, with 36 percent of users having sought business hotel advice online

6.    57 percent of long haul travellers and 71 percent of domestic frequent travellers use a mobile device (e.g. BlackBerry, iPhone or other 'Smartphone') that provides access to the Internet

"It is a great honour for Hilton to be chosen as the Number One Hotel Brand in Japan for the fourth consecutive year," said Oded Lifschitz, vice president of operations for the Japan, Korea, and Micronesia region, Hilton Worldwide.  "The results of this study reflect the dedication and commitment of Hilton's staff to exceed the expectations of our guests and deliver a world class customer experience.  In June of this year, we opened Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, which means we now have Hilton properties across the entire country for the convenience of our guests."

Contact:
Charlotte Seymour, Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific
(61) (0)2 9266 2091
charlotte.seymour@hilton.com

Soon Lishan / Roxanne Toh, ICON International (for Hilton)
(65) 6220 2623
lsoon@iconinternational.com.sg / rtoh@iconinternational.com.sg

John Forrest Ales, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
+ 1 703 883 5212
johnforrest.ales@hilton.com

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