June 12, 2013 // Franchising.com // SKOPJE, Macedonia – Hilton Worldwide’s expanding presence in South Eastern Europe will see it enter Macedonia with the signing of a franchise agreement with Ajdovan Ademoski to open the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje. The hotel is expected to open in early 2016 and joins further properties under development in the region in Croatia and Montenegro.
As a new build property, DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje’s design will make it the ideal venue for conference and events in a location with easy access to the city centre and international airport and in close proximity to the city’s main exhibition centre which is more than 50,000 square metres in size. Situated on the banks of the river Vardar, the hotel will offer 172 upscale bedrooms, including 20 suites, providing guests with comfortable surroundings whether visiting for business or leisure. The hotel will feature 1,400 square metres of events space, divided into two large ballrooms, and a further three meeting rooms. Ample car parking, as well as a business centre, health club and spa will ensure the hotel stands out as one of the city’s most prominent accommodation options.
“We are expanding across Europe with a strategy to grow our portfolio of successful brands in key locations with high quality hotel developments,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development for Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide. “DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje will be a superb addition to our portfolio, and I am delighted that we will be providing brand new accommodation in Macedonia, a country that is raising its profile as a visitor destination and has seen rapidly increasing numbers of international arrivals.”
Within Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of full-service brands, DoubleTree by Hilton is fast becoming an upscale brand of choice for travellers in Europe, with renowned guest service, its iconic warm chocolate chip cookie welcome at check-in and a portfolio of incredible locations ranging from London, Rome and Dublin; to Zagreb, Amsterdam and Istanbul. Guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje will enjoy features including a restaurant, two bars and outdoor terrace. In addition, a health club and spa will provide over 900 square metres to exercise, relax and unwind with Turkish Baths, treatment rooms, gym and swimming pool. The health club and spa will also offer local residents membership opportunities.
John Greenleaf, global head for DoubleTree by Hilton, commented, “The DoubleTree by Hilton brand continues to enter new markets in Europe, where we already have some incredible hotels. South Eastern Europe is becoming more and more exciting for us and our team looks forward to welcoming guests in Skopje.”
As the political, economic and cultural centre of Macedonia, Skopje is a gateway to the region and offers a wealth of historic sites of interest from the 6th Century Kale Fortress, Old Skopje Bazaar, Sveti Spas and the historic Daut Pasha Bath. The city benefits from major industry and a free economic zone, which has seen further major companies announce operations in Skopje.
Ajdovan Ademoski, owner of DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje, said, “We are delighted to be working with Hilton Worldwide to bring their world renowned hospitality to Macedonia for the first time. DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje will be a fine addition and is yet another marker of growth and opportunity in the city. We look forward to welcoming guests and further raising the profile of the city to an international audience.”
Hilton Worldwide features 251 hotels operating across Europe, with more than 135 currently under development. The company already operates in neighbouring countries to Macedonia, such as Greece and Bulgaria; and has hotels under development in south eastern Europe in destinations such as Montenegro, Romania and Croatia.
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 340 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 65,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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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 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories 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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