Hilton says planning to triple hotels in Middle East

Further 81 hotels signed with local partners and investors, the majority of which are expected to open by 2023
Hilton says planning to triple hotels in Middle East
By Sam Bridge
Fri 04 May 2018 09:57 AM

Hilton has unveiled an expansion plan for the Middle East, which will see the company triple its portfolio to over 120 hotels in the coming years.

Today, Hilton operates 41 properties across the region but has a further 81 hotels signed with local partners and investors, the majority of which are expected to open by 2023.

Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton said: “The Middle East is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the changing demographics of global travel through its geographic location and continued investment in creating aspirational destinations.

“One in five hotels currently under construction in the region carries a Hilton brand, which is testament to the relationships we have built with owners and investors in the region."

Hilton said it has hotels signed in Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait but the main growth engines are the UAE and Saudi Arabia which together account for approximately two-thirds of growth in the region.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president development Hilton, EMEA, said: “These significant growth plans continue to create opportunities for our people and our new hotels are expected to create thousands of jobs in the Middle East.

"With robust commitments to youth employment, diversity and women in leadership, we view this growth as an opportunity to support employment in countries across the Middle East and creating opportunities for people both in the region and from around the world.”

In the UAE, its economy Hampton by Hilton brand launches later this year with the opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, while Hilton Dubai Palm and Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island will add more than 1,200 premium upscale rooms.

Saudi Arabia is Hilton’s largest development market in the region and the company expects to grow from 10 to 40 properties in the country within the next five years, starting with the opening of Hilton Riyadh later this year.

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