Hilton Hotels Corporation Continues Expansion in Italy with Agreement to Open Hilton Garden Inn® Bologna/San Lazzaro

LONDON & BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Hotels Corporation today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with DIMATOUR to open the new Hilton Garden Inn® Bologna/San Lazzaro in Italy.

The 152-room property which is expected to open in September 2008 is set to increase the mid-price hotel brand's growing presence in Italy, joining the Hilton Garden Inn® Florence Novoli, the Hilton Garden Inn® Rome Airport and the Hilton Garden Inn® Matera. Two additional Hilton Garden Inn properties are scheduled to open in the cities of Bari in Summer 2008 and Lecce in 2009.

Welcoming the announcement, Wolfgang Neumann, president of Hilton Hotels - Europe, said, "With 11 existing Hilton Family properties located in key Italian destinations and regional centers as well as agreements in place to open six more, the addition of this new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Bologna reaffirms our commitment to providing our world-class portfolio of quality hotels across Italy and throughout Europe."

"Travelers looking for a new kind of lodging option has provided Hilton Garden Inn with a wonderful opportunity to introduce our mid-priced brand to new markets like Bologna," said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – brand management, Hilton Garden Inn. "Our hotels offer an ideal combination of quality and affordability for both corporate and leisure guests."

Located in northern Italy, Bologna is famed for its Renaissance architecture and perhaps best known as the home of Ducati and Lamborghini. The city is well served by air, rail and road transport links and is host to numerous international and national exhibitions and trade fairs. The newly built Hilton Garden Inn Bologna/San Lazzaro will be situated in the San Lazzaro area, a short drive from the city center and will offer guests a fitness area, as well as a restaurant, bar and spacious meeting facilities.

The Hilton Garden Inn Bologna/San Lazzaro announcement reflects the Hilton Garden Inn brand's fast moving expansion across the region, with plans to introduce new properties in four more European countries in the next 24 months, including Rzeszow, Poland; Frankfurt, Germany; Diyarbakir, Turkey; as well as Perm, Russia.

Hilton Hotels Corporation currently operates 11 hotels in Italy with locations in Rome, Sicily, Venice, Milan, Florence and Matera. In addition to the Hilton Garden Inn Bologna/San Lazzaro, the company is expecting to open five more Hilton Family hotels by 2009 that includes the opening of Europe's first Doubletree by Hilton property, which is set to open in Milan in Fall 2008.

Notes to Editors

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,900 hotels and 490,000 rooms in 76 countries and territories, including 100,000 team members worldwide.

The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton®, Conrad Hotels & Resorts®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations®, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

For more information about our company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com, and to learn more about our be hospitable philosophy, please visit www.behospitable.com.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpots(tm) mobile printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds with the Garden Sleep SystemTM. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road.

Hilton Garden Inn represents one of the cornerstones of the Hilton growth strategy. The Hilton Garden Inn brand is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation; the leading global hospitality company.

For more information about Hilton Garden Inn locations throughout North America and Europe, visit www.HGI.com.

About DIMATOUR

Dimatour is part of Gruppo Di Mario which is based in Pomezia (Rome). The company has been formed to manage hotels, banqueting and entertainment facilities, which are all owned by the holding Group. Besides the Hilton Garden Inn, Dimatour already manages the Hotel Selene in Pomezia (Rome).

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