In 2017 Hilton (NYSE: HLT) achieved landmark growth and expansion in Asia Pacific. Having recently appointed Alan Watts as its new Executive Vice President & President, Asia Pacific and Qian Jin as the first Area President for Greater China & Mongolia, the company is looking ahead to an even bigger year in 2018.
The year marked extensive expansion in the region with the opening of more than 40 hotels, including the 100th hotel in China and the 200th hotel in Asia Pacific, plus the introduction of the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in China and Australia. The company's strong workplace culture, which includes the launch last year of Thrive@Hilton, was rewarded by Great Place to Work awards in key countries and Asia-wide. Meanwhile, having welcomed more than 10 million guests throughout the year, 2017 saw the roll-out of the revolutionary Digital Key, continuing the company's legacy of guest innovation in the industry.
"It was an amazing year of further growth for Hilton in Asia Pacific in 2017, coupled with recognition of our position as a market leading employer and the most innovative in our industry," said Watts. "Travel and tourism continues its rise to become a leading employer and contributor to Asia's economy and we are at the forefront of a trend that will see us create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the region in future years."
"Having recently joined the company on the back of such impressive results, I have great confidence that 2018 will propel us to an even higher level, as we begin the countdown to Hilton's 100th Anniversary in 2019," he continued.
APAC Growth Highlights
- Expanded Hilton's footprint throughout the region with more than 40 hotel openings, driving strong growth across the portfolio of 14 brands, including the launch of Conrad Osaka, Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon and Hilton Mandalay.
- Opened the 100th hotel in China, Hilton Quanzhou Riverside, and the 200th hotel in Asia Pacific, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu.
- With 220 hotels in operation by year-end and 415 hotels in the pipeline, Hilton is one of the fastest-growing global hospitality companies in Asia Pacific, with nearly one quarter of rooms under construction carrying a Hilton flag.
- Signed 164 deals, spanning 30,000 rooms, with highlights including the first Canopy by Hilton in the region, a landmark portfolio deal comprising six hotels in Sri Lanka, four significant approvals in Vietnam and more than 100 deals in China including the company's return to Taiwan with Hilton Taipei.
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