LONDON, VENICE & MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with VENEZIA CAPITOL Srl to open a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Venice, Italy. Scheduled to open by summer 2010, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice/ Mestre San Giuliano will be a welcome addition to Venice Mestre, providing quality branded hotel accommodation and a second hotel for Hilton Worldwide, in this landmark European city.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development for Hilton Worldwide, said ”Following the opening of the iconic Hilton Molino Stucky in 2007, we are delighted to be adding a second hotel to the Venice market, providing guests with greater choice which is an important aspect of our growth strategy. This latest hotel will be the ninth Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Italy, six of which are already open. The signing of the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano demonstrates the significant growth and popularity of this award winning hotel brand both in Italy and across wider Europe where the brand now has over 30 hotels either open or in the pipeline.”

When it opens, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will offer 136 bedrooms, all featuring the brand’s key signature offerings, including, the Garden Sleep System® bed, ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller, a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi Internet access. A stylish lobby and reception area will feature a lounge area and bar, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® which provides a selection of food and beverage options. A contemporary restaurant will also offer made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening room service. The Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will have two flexible meetings rooms and 24 hour business centre facilities, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness facilities – appealing to both business and leisure guests.

The signing of the Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano marks Hilton’s continued growth in Italy, with 16 hotels already open, ranging from the ultra luxurious Waldorf Astoria Collection brand, to the full service Doubletree by Hilton brand and the mid-market Hilton Garden Inn.

With a history spanning over 1500 years, Venice is an internationally renowned centre of history, culture and magnificent beauty. Venice is also a significant business destination and is one of the most economically vibrant cities in Italy. The new Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano is well located for easy access to the famous Venice lagoon, and for the commercial and business districts of the city. The hotel will provide a quality mid-market hotel option for leisure visitors looking for good value during their trip to Venice and for business visitors demanding close proximity to the commercial areas of the Venetian mainland.

The Hilton Garden Inn Venice / Mestre San Giuliano will be conveniently located in the Mestre area of Venice, near the Park of San Giuliano and overlooking the main SS14 road which connects the airport with the city centre. The hotel will be located 4 miles from the recently renovated Marco Polo International Airport, which is fast becoming a major gateway to South East Europe, and 6 miles from Piazzle Roma – where the water taxis depart for Venice lagoon.

Adrian Kurre, Senior Vice President for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, said: “We are delighted to be signing our first hotel in Venice, and our ninth Hilton Garden Inn brand hotel in Italy; we firmly believe that we can continue to establish this brand as the leading mid-market hotel choice for both domestic and international travellers in Italy.”

Contact:
Hilton Hotels (Europe) 
Katrina Jones 
VP Communications - Europe 
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Email: katrina.jones@hilton.com

Dan Corfield 
Communications Manager - Europe 
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Email: dan.corfield@hilton.com

About Venezia Capitol Srl
Mr Giancarlo Zacchello manages VENEZIA CAPITOL Srl and is a well respected figure in the Venice business community. Most recently he was the President of the Port Authority of Venice and also holds several representative positions in public and private institutions in the Veneto Region. Other business interests include, amongst others, shipping, agriculture, real estate and energy production.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offers full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 770 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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