Hilton International to expand further in the Gulf

Hilton International has revealed plans for development in the Gulf region with the possibility of opening a Conrad or Scandic hotel as part of the Hilton family in the coming years.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  March 7, 2002

Hilton International has revealed plans for development in the Gulf region with the possibility of opening a Conrad or Scandic hotel as part of the Hilton family in the coming years.

Speaking at a press briefing in Dubai, Hilton International’s vice president for operations in the GCC, Rudi Jagersbacher, said: “The last two years have proved very successful for Hilton International with the opening of five new hotels in the Arabian Gulf. This development has increased our portfolio of properties by 40 per cent and we are eager to capitalise on the growth in this region and expand further.”

Recent openings have spanned the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman including the Hilton Dubai Creek, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Hilton Jeddah, and the Hilton Salalah. A new luxury resort hotel, Hilton Kuwait, will open at the end of March.

Commenting on Hilton’s success, Jagersbacher said: “Hotels such as the Jeddah Hilton and the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah have greatly exceeded our expectations since opening and are now considered to be flagship properties in this region.”

Jagersbacher added: “With the purchase of Scandic hotels in July 2001 and the recent alliance with Hilton’s five-star deluxe chain, Conrad, we now have the scope to introduce two new brands into the Gulf, providing a variety of exciting hotel experiences consistent with the number one hotel brand in the world.”

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