Innovative Project to Include Hampton Hotels,
Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Homewood Suites Brands;
Demonstrates Strong Commitment to Canadian Market
August 09, 2012 // Franchising.com // McLean, Va. - Today, Hilton Worldwide announced an agreement to build the organization's first three-flag hotel development in Canada. Located in Calgary, the landmark project will feature properties from Hampton Hotels, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Homewood Suites by Hilton. It will meet a growing market need since, according to HVS, demand is outpacing supply in Canada by three percent YOY*. The project builds upon previous creative development models from Hilton Worldwide such as the dual-brand hotel - pioneered by Homewood Suites - and creates development and operational synergies that benefit both hotel management and its guests.
"We have seen great success with models that step outside of traditional development constraints," said Craig Mance, senior vice president, North American development, Hilton Worldwide. "These types of hotels offer developers savings in the construction and operational phases, while providing guests a variety of accommodations, price points and amenities to meet their individual needs."
To be known as the Calgary Airport Hotel Village, the project will allow the hotels to share certain facilities. Exterior walkways and an underground parking garage will connect the three properties, while the Hampton and Homewood Suites will share a pool and fitness center, and the Hampton and Hilton hotels will be joined by a 14,000 square-foot conference center. The Homewood Suites and Hampton properties are scheduled to open in Q4 2013, while the Hilton Hotel is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2015. The Hampton, Hilton and Homewood properties will have 135 rooms, 252 rooms and 122 suites respectively.
Canada represents a growth market for all three brands. Over the last decade, Homewood Suites has steadily built its presence in Canada, which now exceeds 1,000 suites across 10 hotels. Including Calgary Airport Hotel Village, the upscale extended-stay brand has seven new properties that will open in the market by 2014, nearly doubling its current Canadian portfolio. This project marks Hampton Hotels' 19th project under development to be added to its footprint of more than 34 hotels in the market. Hilton Hotels currently has 15 opened hotels and 2 projects under development in Canada.
The 518-room hotel village will be located at 2021 100 Avenue N.E. and is owned by Prestige Hospitality. Chamberlain Architect Svcs., Ltd served as the lead designers and the contractor is Aman Building Corporation. The Homewood Suites and Hampton hotels have already broken ground, and construction of the Hilton property is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013.
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include 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 the world-class guest reward 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.
*HVS, Canada Lodging Outlook March 2012