Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Hampton Hotels as Top Global Franchise

Hampton Hotels Earns No. 1 Franchise Spot Based on Size, Growth and Financial Strength

MCLEAN, Va. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hampton Hotels today announced that it has been named the top global franchise by Entrepreneur magazine out of 200 franchisors listed in the publication’s October issue. The international ranking follows two consecutive years as the No. 1 franchise on Entrepreneur’s annual Franchise 500 list, where Hampton Hotels became the first hotel franchise to earn the top spot.

“To be named the top global franchise from such a noteworthy and credible source is an immense honor for Hampton,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service brands and Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide. “We truly value the trust and commitment our franchise owners place in the Hampton brand. Achievements like this only reinforce the return on investment we strive to provide our franchisees not only through our strong business model but also through the hard work and dedication of our team members worldwide.”

To date, Hampton Hotels has nearly 1,900 properties in its portfolio, with more than 65 properties in nine countries outside the U.S. and an additional 70 international properties in the pipeline. The hotel franchise opened its first property outside of the U.S. in Alberta, Canada in 1997 and expanded outside of North America several years later in 2009 with the opening of its first European property in the United Kingdom.

“This recognition is a desired achievement for any brand, and it is wonderful that Hampton Hotels has been highlighted among so many respectable companies,” said Paul Brown, president, Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide. “For a hotel franchise to be ranked at the top of this list is a true testament to our franchise partners, who play a key role in Hilton Worldwide's mission to be the preeminent global hospitality company.”

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, Hampton Hotels is known for the value it provides both franchise owners and guests alike. All Hampton properties feature a free, hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, the Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed, modern amenities, proactive, friendly customer service and, by end of 2012, a newly redesigned and renovated Perfect Mix Lobby.

“We’re always looking for ways to better serve our guests and owners in order to stay top of mind in the hospitality industry,” Cordell said. “Everything we offer in our hotels, from friendly service, clean rooms and comfortable surroundings, is backed by our 100% Hampton Guarantee. Our brand is committed to the principal that if a guest isn’t satisfied, we do not expect them to pay. That’s our 100% commitment to our guests and their satisfaction, and that guarantee still holds true today.”

The Entrepreneur article, titled “World Domination,” features 200 North American franchisors that are seeking franchisees outside the U.S. and can be found in this month’s issue of the magazine. The list of top global franchises was compiled according to how each international franchise ranked in Entrepreneur’s 2012 Franchise 500. Subway, Servpro, Days Inn and McDonald’s were also listed among the top five global franchises.

“Entrepreneur's top global franchise listing solely focuses on U.S.-based businesses that have opportunities outside of the United States,” said Amy Cosper, editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur magazine. “It’s the go-to resource for those seeking international options or who simply want to be part of a company with global brand reach. For those seeking this kind of opportunity, it is the place to start their search.”

For more information about opening a Hampton Hotels franchise, please visit www.hamptonfranchise.com, and for more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit http://news.hampton.com.

About Hampton Hotels

The Hampton brand, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With nearly 1,900 properties globally, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company. All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture and personality, defined as "Hamptonality," supported by its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands globally. For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit www.hampton.com and http://news.hampton.com or connect with us at www.facebook.com/Hampton, http://twitter.com/Hampton and www.youtube.com/Hampton.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a 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 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 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.

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Contacts:

John Walls
Director, Global Brand Public Relations
Hampton Hotels
+1 901 374 6383
john.walls@hilton.com

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