Hilton Worldwide Recognizes Top Franchise Development Owners in North America

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June 13, 2013

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced honors for its top annual development awards in North America. Awards are presented in five categories across the company's portfolio of hotels, including: Developer of the Year, Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Outstanding Achievement and Lifetime Achievement. Recipients are awarded based on criteria ranging from total number and quality of hotels developed to impact on community and fastest construction time.

"For this last year and a half, Hilton Worldwide has seen significant growth throughout the globe, much in part due to our dedicated franchisees," said Ian Carter, president-global development, Hilton Worldwide. "The strong relationships we have forged over the years with our owner partners allow us to continue to provide superior service to our guests, while also expanding our footprint."

Each full service and focused service brand within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of ten market leading brands honors a Developer of the Year. The awards for 2012 include:

Developer of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Robert A. Indeglia Jr., president and chief executive officer of Magna Hospitality Group. Headquartered in Warwick, RI, Magna is a privately held hotel real estate investment firm that is dedicated exclusively to hospitality investment, development and management.

"We are delighted to honor Robert and the team at Magna with the Lifetime Achievement Award," said Carter. "The long-standing relationship with Hilton Worldwide and his dedication to developing our brands has not gone unnoticed and we wish to congratulate him on this achievement."

Franchisees honored in additional categories include:

Best Conversion

Deal of the Year

Outstanding Achievement

Dawn Ray

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru 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 Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.