Hampton Hotels Tops Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® List for the Fourth Time in Five Years

Brand's Commitment to Owners, Culture of Hamptonality Define #1 Franchise of the Year

December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hampton Hotels, part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, today announced it is number one on Entrepreneur magazine's 36th annual Franchise 500® list for the fourth time in five years. This accolade was granted to Hampton Hotels on the heels of major milestones for the brand in 2014, including the opening of its 2,000th hotel, the 30th anniversary of the Hampton brand and the 25th anniversary of its industry-defining satisfaction commitment, the 100% Hampton Guarantee.

"Topping the Franchise 500® is a feat in itself, but doing so for the fourth time in five years is a clear indication of the brand's vitality," said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief of Entrepreneur. "We congratulate Hampton Hotels on this impressive accomplishment and for the successful business model and culture it has honed."

"It's an incredible honor for Hampton Hotels to be named the No. 1 franchise by Entrepreneur magazine again this year," said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide. "Hampton team members as well as our loyal franchisees continue to be the backbone of our brand and have contributed to the company's success, being the first choice of guests and owners alike. We believe that the passion of each and every one of our team members and owners makes Hampton the industry leader it is today."

About 75 percent of new Hilton Worldwide franchised hotel deals are developed by existing franchisors. This ranking reinforces the trust owners place in Hampton and Hilton Worldwide.

"The commitment we make to our franchise owners and management company partners is of utmost importance to Hampton Hotels and Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands, and this ranking underscores the great relationships we've built with our partners," said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president global brands, Hilton Worldwide. "We value owner feedback and have in place many tools and resources to meet franchisees' needs and help them succeed."

Hampton Hotels is continuing its steady growth in the U.S. In fact, the brand recently announced the signing of an agreement to develop a hotel in Oahu, Hawaii, rounding out its portfolio to all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The brand is also poised to for growth outside of the U.S. with a particular focus in Europe and Asia Pacific. In October, Hilton Worldwide 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.

With nearly 400 hotels and approximately 40,000 rooms in the development pipeline, Hampton is positioned to bring the same quality service and unparalleled expertise to its next 2,000 hotels, providing guests with a friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful experience backed by the brand's unconditional 100% satisfaction guarantee during each stay.

Read more about Hampton Hotels at http://news.hampton.com or www.hampton.com. To learn more about Hampton franchising opportunities, visit http://hiltonworldwide.com/development.

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 more than 2,000 properties totaling nearly 200,000 rooms in 16 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® 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® hot breakfast, the latest technology and innovations like multi-unit Power Cubes and the brand's signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, 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 twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,250 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 700,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Canopy 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®. 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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Christine Miller
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Hilton Worldwide
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