Hilton Worldwide's Ever-Expanding Footprint in Louisville, KY Grows

With Signing of Dual-Build Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton

New two-in-one hotel development underscores Louisville as a prime real estate market.

September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va – This week, Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of the new dual-branded Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville East/Hurstbourne, adding to the 15 Hilton Worldwide properties currently located in the Louisville, Ky market. The 83-room Hampton Inn will be the tenth Hampton hotel property and the 74-room Home2 Suites by Hilton will be the first Home2 Suites brand property to the area, bringing a total of 157 new rooms. The property is scheduled to open in Q1 2017. In addition, Hilton Garden Inn and Embassy Suites hotels are currently in development in downtown Louisville.

"Louisville is proving to be a robust business environment, and the new dual-brand hotel further establishes Hilton Worldwide's presence in this important market, " said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development - Americas, Hilton Worldwide. "The new Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites dual-build will offer a unique set of accommodation options for business and leisure travelers alike, while also providing operational efficiencies and cross-selling opportunities for the owner."

Hilton Worldwide's growth in Louisville reflects the competitive benefits and tax incentive programs for all types of businesses that consistently make Kentucky one of the lowest overall cost places of doing business in the eastern United States. In 2014, the city of Louisville was listed on America's Breakout Cities for 2014 by CNNMoney, one of the "Best Entrepreneurial Cities" by Entrepreneur.com, and was listed among Forbes' Best Places for Business. In addition, Louisville is home to five Fortune 500 headquarters and 17th Fortune 25 largest U.S. corporations, including: Ford Motor's 6,000-employee Fern Valley Road plant, GE Appliance and Lighting, Lexmark International, Louisville Slugger, UPS Worldport, Humana Inc., Yum Brands Inc., Papa John's International, Churchill Downs, Inc., and more.

Located at the intersection of Hurstbourne Parkway and Forest Bridge Road, the 4-story development is owned and managed by Kana Hotel Group, LLC. Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites Louisville East/Hurstbourne is situated in an incredible location near University of Louisville.

Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites Louisville East/Hurstbourne joins Hilton Worldwide's current portfolio of nearly 20 dual-branded hotels. The two hotels will still maintain their own brand identity, but will share the best amenities and services of both brands, such as an oversized indoor pool, fitness center, public restrooms, free Wi-Fi, laundry room, and employee break room. Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites Louisville East/Hurstbourne will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates.

Currently in development, the seven-story, 304-suite Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville is located in a historic building, formerly Stewart's Department Store, on Fourth Street and within walking distance of the Kentucky International Convention Center. A new build 162-room Hilton Garden Inn is also being constructed downtown on West Chestnut. Both are anticipated to open in Q1 of next year.

Read more about Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of brands at www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, 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 an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com 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:

Christine Miller
Hilton Worldwide
+1 901 374 6462
christine.miller@hilton.com

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