First DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in the Heart of China’s Three Gorges Region

New Hotel Marks the First International Full-Service Hotel Brand to Open in Wanzhou

July 05, 2013 // Franchising.com // CHONGQING, Wanzhou, China - DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing-Wanzhou in China. The opening of the 22-story, 253-room hotel marks the first international full-service hotel brand to serve Wanzhou, known as the economic and transportation heart of Chongqing East. The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by the Dalian Wanda Group.

"The opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing-Wanzhou is a pivotal moment in the tremendous growth and development of Wanzhou City, which is a vital hub of the Chongqing Municipality," said Bruce McKenzie, senior vice president, Operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton Worldwide. "This hotel reinforces the continued growth of Hilton Worldwide and the further developmental success of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand throughout China."

Nestled near the serene Yangtze River, DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing-Wanzhou exudes a bright and airy ambiance, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel to offer unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and river. Guests of the will enjoy upscale service and lush accommodations in a modern hotel setting. With more than 1,700 square meters (nearly 5,600 square feet) of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space, the hotel features the largest meeting facilities in Wanzhou, making it the perfect destination to host corporate meetings and conferences as well as private social events and celebrations. The 1,100-square meter Grand Ballroom and adjoining foyer can cater to more than 700 guests. Five meeting rooms totaling 600 square meters are augmented by a full range of functional support and services that can accommodate up to 300 guests. A dedicated banquet and conference service team ensures that every event detail is taken care of.

The hotel also offers three diverse restaurants and bars to provide guests with a truly international culinary experience from Sichuan favorites to Western à la carte classics. Senses, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers a chic modern design and cozy ambience where guests can enjoy a menu of fusion foods, gourmet coffee, tea and healthy beverage options. Yue Xuan is the hotel's elegant and tranquil restaurant, featuring classic Chinese cuisine. Menu highlights include Cantonese fare, Sichuan specialties, and other local and traditional provincial delicacies. Yue Xuan also offers seven private River View rooms for daily lunches or dinners. The place to see and be seen, Han Xiang is the upscale and fashionable Korean dining venue in Wanzhou, serving contemporary and authentic Korean cuisine in an energetic, chic venue. For a more casual but still dynamic destination, the hotel's Lobby Lounge offers a stunning view and live entertainment, creating the perfect ambiance to meet with friends and colleagues, or just unwind.

"At DoubleTree by Hilton, we know the little things mean everything when it comes to a great travel experience, and we are excited to deliver this experience to guests in Wanzhou for the first time ever," said John Greenleaf, global head - DoubleTree by Hilton. "We are eager to welcome travelers visiting the heart of the Three Gorges area, and deliver the unparalleled service for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is known - starting with the brand's signature warm chocolate chip cookie welcome."

The ideal choice for business and leisure travelers, DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing Wanzhou is conveniently located in the downtown area of the Wanzhou District, less than a kilometer from the Wanzhou Harbor, 15 kilometers (9 miles) away from the Wanzhou Railway Station and just 25 kilometers (15 miles) away from the Wanzhou Airport. In addition to key businesses located in the heart of Wanzhou's Central Business District, the hotel is situated just minutes from some of the city's most popular shopping, tourist destinations and attractions, including Heping Square, Taibai Cliff, Emperor City, Three Gorges and the Qinglong Waterfall.

Guests will enjoy DoubleTree by Hilton brand exclusives, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings, a refreshing array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn and an industry-recognized service culture which is built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) for guests, team members and the community. Additional hotel amenities include an indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, Jacuzzi, 24-hour complimentary fitness center and a beauty salon offering foot massages and hair services. The hotel also features a cozy tea house offering guests a soothing area to enjoy drinks and light, healthy snacks after working out.

Hilton HHonors members will be able to earn and redeem points for stays. Diamond HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points and complimentary continental breakfast during stays, and Gold HHonors members will have the option of receiving one of the above.

DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing-Wanzhou is located at 1001 Erduan Beibin Avenue, Wanzhou District, Chongqing, 404000, China. For reservations or to inquire about meeting packages, contact your preferred travel professional, visit the reservations page or email dt.wanhzou@hilton.com.

Media can access additional information about DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing-Wanzhou at www.doubletree.com.cn/wanzhou. Find more news about DoubleTree by Hilton hotel openings at the DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center.

About Hilton Worldwide's 25th Anniversary in China

Hilton Worldwide is celebrating its 25th anniversary in China, marking a new milestone in Hilton Worldwide's legacy of providing Chinese guests with excellent hospitality services. In 1988, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first international hotel brands to enter China and has since grown with China's consumers by constantly innovating to win their hearts at home and abroad. Since its entry into China, Hilton Worldwide has been registering strong growth in the Chinese market by expanding its presence from over 30 operating hotels today to more than 150 properties over the next few years. Hilton Worldwide is also accelerating its expansion in the market with more than 120 projects in the pipeline under the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Over the past 25 years, Hilton Worldwide has launched meaningful initiatives tailored for Chinese tastes, including the Huanying program and Hilton HHonors program, and in 2011 Hilton Worldwide became the first multinational hotel company to sponsor the Chinese Olympic Committee. Hilton Worldwide is launching a series of campaigns and promotional activities to commemorate the event.

About DoubleTree By Hilton

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.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels. For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at www.doubletreebyhiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

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 94 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 more than 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.

SOURCE Hilton Worldwide

Contact:

Suki Pan
Hilton Worldwide
+86 21 2321 6819
Suki.Pan@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens
DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@hilton.com

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