February 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW DELHI and AGRA, India and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the signing of a management agreement with Archer Hospitality Private Limited for DoubleTree by Hilton Agra, scheduled to open this August. Located just 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from the Taj Mahal, DoubleTree by Hilton Agra will be among very few hotels offering views of the legendary mausoleum. The hotel’s city center location will also place it near popular tourist attractions and shopping hubs like the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Kinari Bazaar.
"The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra marks our entry into a key leisure market for both DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "We are delighted with this opportunity to grow our brand presence in the market and deliver a premier full-service, upscale hotel experience to guests visiting one of the most popular tourist destinations in India."
Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Agra will be greeted with the characteristic offerings found at the brand's more than 375 hotels worldwide, including the warm welcome of the iconic chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in, an array of upscale amenities and guest services and the globally-recognized CARE culture, which stands for "Create A Rewarding Experience" and represents the brand’s commitment to guests, team members and the local community. The 104-room hotel will also feature four dining outlets, an outdoor swimming pool with magnificent views of the Taj Mahal, 24-hour fitness center, a spa and salon. The conference and event space at the hotel will include a 4,700 square-foot (436 square-meter) ballroom, four meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center.
"India is a key strategic growth market for Hilton Worldwide. We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with Archer Hospitality Private Limited for our foray into Agra, the leading tourist destination in the country renowned for its many magnificent Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.
Hilton Worldwide currently operates the following hotels and resorts in India - New Delhi: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket; Gurgaon: Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square and DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon-New Delhi NCR; Mumbai: Hilton Mumbai International Airport; Bangalore: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore; Chennai: Hilton Chennai; Trivandrum: Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum; Vadodara: Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri; Pune: DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad; Goa: DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga and Shillim: Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa.
"We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company," said Vikram Puri, Director, Archer Hospitality Private Limited. "With its strategic location and full range of facilities and services, we are confident that DoubleTree by Hilton Agra will fast become the first choice of travelers looking for upscale, full-service accommodation in the city."
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With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 360 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 45,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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Hilton Worldwide 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 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, 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™. Visit www.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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