Hilton Worldwide Continues China Expansion With First Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property In Hunan

374-Room Hilton Zhuzhou Scheduled To Open In 2013

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March 18, 2011

SHANGHAI, China and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide announced today the signing of a management agreement with Zhuzhou Dahan Real Estate Development Co., Ltd for a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in Zhuzhou, the second largest city in China's Hunan province. The 374-room hotel is scheduled to open in 2013 and marks the group's first property in Hunan. Hilton Zhuzhou is about 50 minutes' drive from Changsha Huanghua International Airport.

Martin Rinck, area president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide said, "Last year, we opened six new hotels in China and opened hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi and Hainan, greatly enhancing the presence of our four brands in the country. An important transportation hub and one of Hunan's key economic development cities, Zhuzhou has been attracting an increasing number of international and domestic travelers. Given its strategic location, we believe that Hilton Zhuzhou will be popular with both leisure and business customers."

Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels and Resorts said, "This new development will be a signature destination in one of China's upcoming cities, which is rapidly expanding its commercial offering. We are confident that Hilton Zhuzhou will be a fantastic showcase of the brand's contemporary design, quality service and signature hospitality."

Andrew Clough, senior vice president of development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide said, "Since 2010, we have signed close to 40 management agreements for new hotels in China. More than 30 of these are in the secondary and tertiary cities including Wuhan and Yichang in Hubei, Qingdao in Shandong, and Zhongshan in Guangdong. This agreement with Zhuzhou Dahan Real Estate marks our entry to Zhuzhou, a fast-growing tertiary city, which adds a critical piece to our growing footprint in China."

Zhuzhou Dahan Real Estate Development Co., Ltd is a company owned by Dahan Urban Construction Co. Ltd. that specializes in modern logistics, urban construction and education. Founded in 1993, Dahan is a transregional, cross-industry private company.

Fu Sheng-Long, chairman of Dahan Holding Group said, "As the leading developer in Hunan province, Dahan currently ranks the 17th among the top 100 enterprises in Hunan, and the 6th for steel trade enterprises in China. We believe that the collaboration between Hilton Worldwide and Dahan will raise the standard of the hotel offerings in Zhuzhou, and contribute to Hunan's further economic development."

Hunan is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, and is about 1,000 kilometres from Shanghai, and 1,200 kilometers from Beijing. An important transportation junction for South China, Zhuzhou is situated in the east of Hunan, on the middle reaches of the Xiangjiang River. Zhuzhou, Changsha, the capital city of Hunan and Xiangtan constitute the most important economic development zone of Hunan.

Hilton Worldwide currently operates 17 hotels and resorts under four brands in China; Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton. It also has more than 60 properties under various stages of development across its portfolio of brands in China.

Tingting Gao
Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific
+86 139 1809 1191

John Forrest Ales
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
+ 1 703 883 5212

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