Hilton Worldwide Introduces Hilton Garden Inn to Namibia

Latest Signing to Bring Mid-Market Brand to Windhoek in 2017 

Technology and Design Innovation at Heart of Hospitality Company’s Growth in Africa

February 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // Windhoek & McLean, VA - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with Out of Africa Hospitality to open a mid-market Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.

Expected to begin welcoming guests in early 2017, the 180-guestroom hotel will open adjacent to the existing Hilton Windhoek and form part of the Freedom Plaza development, adding significant additional meeting space across the two properties. Guests will also benefit from new technology such as pre-arrival room selection – one of a raft of recent innovations from the global hospitality company.

"A young, tech savvy population is driving mobile use across Africa and in-turn transforming travel; whilst investors are increasingly looking towards innovation to achieve faster and more efficient hotel development," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa, for Hilton Worldwide. "As Hilton Worldwide expands its portfolio in Africa, with this latest Hilton Garden Inn signing, we see our innovations in guest technology and hotel development resonating strongly."

Located in the business and government heartland of the Namibian Capital, Hilton Windhoek opened in 2011 welcoming guests from across the globe with renowned upscale Hilton hospitality. The newly agreed Hilton Garden Inn Windhoek will bring hallmark brand characteristics such as complimentary WiFi and the 24 hour Pavilion Pantry. The upscale, yet affordable brand has more than 600 hotels globally, and has rapidly gained development momentum in Africa with locations confirmed in Abuja, Lagos, Accra, Owerri, Lusaka, Uyo, Nairobi and Kampala.

Hilton Windhoek and the site of the new Hilton Garden Inn Windhoek are approximately 42 kilometers from Hosea Kutako International Airport and five kilometers from Eros Domestic Airport, allowing for easy connection to and from the hotel. Notable local landmarks within close proximity include the Namibian Supreme Court, Namibia Independence Museum, Christus Kirche, Government Embassies; as well as Zoo Park.

Haddis Tilahun for United Africa Group, said: "We are delighted to have signed an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to open a Hilton Garden Inn in Windhoek. The new hotel will complement the existing Hilton Windhoek and enhance the hospitality offering in the city, which is fast becoming a hub for corporate and leisure travel in Sub-Saharan Africa."

Hilton Garden Inn Windhoek will feature two food and beverage outlets, including an all-day dining restaurant, as well as a garden lounge and bar. For events, the hotel will feature two individual meeting rooms totaling 175 square metres, including pre-function space. Event organizers will benefit from existing and new, additional meeting space at the neighboring Hilton Windhoek.

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said: "We are delighted to be expanding our presence across Africa, with nine Hilton Garden Inn hotels now under development. Hilton Garden Inn Windhoek will provide travelers with superb hospitality – opening up a new affordable market segment for Hilton Worldwide in Namibia."

Benefiting from more than 50 years of hospitality experience across the continent, Hilton Worldwide currently has 37 hotels operating across Africa, with a further 29 hotels under development. Last year, the company announced the signing of agreements to open two Hilton Garden Inns in Nigeria and the company’s most recent opening was DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar Stone Town, Tanzania.

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at www.hiltongardeninn.com or news.hgi.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 twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,300 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 715,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, 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 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.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-recognized, upscale, yet affordable hotel brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road. Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home. With more than 600 hotels open globally, Hilton Garden Inn is committed to providing an excellent hotel experience for every guest, every time which is reflected in the satisfaction promise to do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don't pay. You can count on us. GUARANTEED. For more information about our locations around the globe, visit www.hgi.com.

About United Africa Group

Since its inception in 1992, the United Africa Group has established a variety of business interests, and is active in many sectors of the Namibian economy: Real estate, Hospitality, Financial Services, and Renewable Energy, to name a few. From humble beginnings in 1992 UAG has organically grown into a business with over NAD 1.1 Billion of assets (USD 110 million) and 593 employees of which (46%) are women.

Through significant investment in the different sectors of the Namibian economy, UAG has contributed and continues to contribute to creating business opportunities in a competitive environment, as well as to the economic growth of Namibia. One of its core subsidiaries, United African Hospitality, occupies a dominant place in the Namibian Hospitality market due to the Group's unique ability to identify successful brands with which it affiliates itself.

United Africa Group has invested in excess of NAD 450 million in the hospitality sector (USD 48 million), accumulating a portfolio of 11 hotels with 530 rooms in the region through both build and acquisition.

For more information on UAG visit our website http://unitedafricagroup.com.na/.

SOURCE Hilton Garden Inn

Contacts:

Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide - MEA
dan.corfield@hilton.com
+971 (0) 56 416 1323

Christine Miller
Hilton Garden Inn - Global
christine.miller@hilton.com
+1 901 374 6462

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