Hilton Hotels and Azul Management Bonaire, Inc. Break Ground on the Hilton Bonaire Resort and Spa

Hilton Hotels and Azul Management Bonaire, Inc. Break Ground on the Hilton Bonaire Resort and Spa

Upscale Resort in the Netherlands Antilles to Open in 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today the groundbreaking on the Hilton Bonaire Resort & Spa, a new and upscale property being developed in collaboration with Azul Management Bonaire, Inc. Hilton has entered into a franchise license agreement with Azul to develop what will be one of the island's premier hotels. Construction on the 144-room resort will begin summer 2008, and the resort is expected to open in July of 2010.

The Hilton Bonaire Resort & Spa will feature 132 elegant guest rooms and 12 luxuriously appointed suites, offering guests luxury amenities including the rooftop Azul Fitness Center & Spa, a world-class dive facility, two restaurants and a variety of shops.

"The Hilton Bonaire Resort & Spa will represent a unique offering for guests looking to relax and experience the calm of the Caribbean and some of the world's best diving," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president of brand management – Hilton Hotels & Resorts. "We look forward to partnering with Azul Management Bonaire on this exciting project and to adding yet another unique guest opportunity to our portfolio."

Bonaire, a quaint Dutch protectorate in the warm waters of the Caribbean, is recognized for its focus on environmental preservation, particularly of the island's marine environment which makes it an ideal destination for scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing.

"We are very proud that we were able to attract the prestigious Hilton Hotels to Bonaire," said Ramoncito Booi, senior advisor to the Government of Bonaire, and the island's former tourism commissioner. "Hilton's mission of warm hospitality perfectly describes the way we view tourism in Bonaire. This world-class brand will significantly enhance our tourism offerings to high-end travelers, while offering the island much increased international exposure as a very special place to vacation."

The property will be built on a canal system on the southern edge of Kralendijk, Bonaire's capital, just north of the island's Flamingo Airport. The navigable canals provide easy dockside access to dive boats and private vessels.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

With more than 500 hotels and resorts on six continents, Hilton continues to be an innovative leader in the full-service hospitality segment and the most recognized global name in the industry. Hilton's belief that Travel Should Take You Places® celebrates a commitment to the guest experience and to the idea that travel can and should be transformative. Hilton's variety of services, amenities and programs are designed to give guests more choice and control over their stays so they can be at their best, 24/7 whether they travel for business or leisure. Each unique Hilton hotel and resort was designed to reflect the sense of place of its location; each team member chosen to reflect the local culture and community. For more information visit www.hilton.com available in English, Spanish and French.

About the Hilton Family of Hotels in Caribbean

Hilton Hotels Corporation currently owns, manages, or franchises 13 hotels in the Caribbean, including nine Hilton full-service hotels in Barbados; Curacao; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica; Ponce and San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as three focused-service Embassy Suites hotels in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic; Dorado and Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, and one Hampton Inn & Suites in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

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