Hilton Hotels Corporation Signs First Hilton Garden Inn(R) Management Agreement in Central America
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Hilton Hotels Corporation Signs First Hilton Garden Inn(R) Management Agreement in Central America

Hilton Garden Inn® Liberia Airport in Costa Rica to Open This Year

Beverly Hills, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Hotels Corporation, under a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, announces that it has signed a multi-year management agreement with Hoteles Aeropuerto H.A.L., S.R.L., a partnership of Enjoy Group and DWL, for the first Hilton Garden Inn property in Central America. The Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport located in Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, was originally signed as a franchise agreement last year and represents an extension of the relationship with the owners to include Hilton as a management company. The hotel is scheduled for completion in Fall 2008 and will be the fifth Hilton Family hotel in the country.

"This newest addition to our portfolio supports Hilton's commitment to grow its family of hotels throughout Latin America," commented Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America, for Hilton Hotels Corporation. "Costa Rica continues to experience tremendous growth with a need for mid-priced quality accommodations. We look forward to meeting this demand and welcoming business and leisure travelers to the first Hilton Garden Inn in the country."

Located in close proximity to the Liberia International Airport — the gateway to Guanacaste, Costa Rica - the hotel will feature 169 guest rooms including 10 suites boasting the Garden Sleep System® bed, Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, high definition television, clock that allows guests to play their MP3 or portable CD player, a spacious work desk, air conditioning and a "hospitality center" that features a microwave, mini refrigerator and coffee maker. The hotel will offer signature Hilton Garden Inn brand attributes including complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, a full service restaurant, evening room service, the 'Pavilion' lobby which features a comfortable living room area and the Pavilion Pantry® shop offering a selection of delicious ready made meals, beverages and snacks. Travelers to the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport will also enjoy flexible meeting spaces, a complimentary workout facility and swimming pool, 170 on-site parking spaces, and complimentary airport shuttle.

"We look forward to bringing our upscale mid-priced brand to Costa Rica with the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport. This new property signifies our brand's continued growth in new regions where we have the opportunity to introduce Hilton Garden Inn and our key brand attributes like complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, the Garden Sleep System bed and Mirra chair by Herman Miller, to both business and leisure travelers in Central America," said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president – brand management, Hilton Garden Inn.

The Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport will form part of the Solarium Technology Park, the most important mixed-use development in the area, and an ideal starting point to explore the eco-tourism infrastructure in the province of Guanacaste. With an area of 6,933 square miles, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is home to a world of natural surroundings, including pristine beaches, national parks and wildlife refuges, coral reefs, deciduous and tropical forests, and volcanoes. For the active at heart, Guanacaste is perfect for fishing, diving, biking, hiking, and more.

"We are confident that the launch of our new mid-market Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport will complement the growing demand of corporate and leisure travelers seeking quality accommodations in Central America. We are delighted to be working with Hilton once again as we introduce this exciting brand into Costa Rica," said Javier Pacheco, operations and marketing director for Enjoy Group.

With Hoteles Aeropuerto H.A.L., S.R.L., Enjoy Group is extending its relationship with the Hilton Family of Hotels. Enjoy Group is also a partner in the Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica and the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Puntarenas which opened in January 2008.

More information on the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport will be available on www.HGI.com in the coming months.

About The Hilton Family of Hotels In Central America

Hilton Hotels Corporation currently owns, manages, or franchises seven hotels in Central America, including Hilton full-service hotels in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua; San Salvador, El Salvador; Doubletree by Hilton full-service properties in Puntarenas and San Jose Costa Rica; and a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand which is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation. Hilton Garden Inn 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™ mobile printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds with the Garden Sleep System®. 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. For more information on Hilton Garden Inn or to make reservations, visit www.HGI.com.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is a leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, including 135,000 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 Enjoy Group

Enjoy Group is dedicated to the development of hotels, resorts and resort communities in Costa Rica and Central America. With over 35 years of experience Enjoy Group has been closely affiliated to tourism development both nationally and internationally and has a successful record of clients in the hospitality industry.



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