KRAKÓW, Poland - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of its first dual branded property in Poland, DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków Hotel & Convention Center and Hampton by Hilton Kraków.  The company now has 17 hotels either currently trading or under development in Poland, one of its fastest growing European markets.  The hotels will open following the signing of a franchise agreement with Kraków based Euro Hotele Sp. z o.o.

Hilton Worldwide opened its first Polish hotel, Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre, in 2007 and has since grown the portfolio with openings in Rzeszow, Swinoujscie, Kraków and Gdansk.  Dual branded hotels have become an increasingly popular accommodation option in Europe, with the Kraków project joining recent Hilton Worldwide openings in the UK, Germany and Turkey.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Our development momentum in Poland has gathered significant pace and I am delighted that we have signed an agreement to open our first dual branded property in Poland.  With seven hotels already under construction in multiple cities across the country, we expect our portfolio to more than double in the next few years - which is testament to the popularity of Hilton Worldwide's brand portfolio with owners and guests alike."

Located in the beautiful and historic city of Kraków, a popular business and leisure destination, the new build hotels are within easy transfer from the city centre and historic old town, and less than 10 miles from Kraków Airport.  Situated on the Vistula river in southern Poland, the city dates back to the Seventh century.  Not only an economic centre, Kraków is considered by many to be the cultural capital of Poland.  In 1978, UNESCO added Kraków's Historic Centre to the list of World Heritage Sites, which includes the incredible Wawel Castle and 13th-Century Gothic-Renaissance Town Hall Tower.

The 224-room DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków  Hotel & Convention Center will feature 2,254 square metres of conference and events space, including a 933 square metre ballroom and 17 meeting rooms, catering for the city's many business travellers meeting in this well connected economic hub.  The hotel will also offer a fine dining restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness centre complete with saunas and swimming pool.  Guests will be able to enjoy the delicious signature DoubleTree by Hilton warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in.

As part of the same building but with a seperate entrance and lobby, value-wise Hampton by Hilton Kraków will feature 161 rooms, all offering quality service and amenities to meet the needs of every guest, whether they stay for business or leisure.  The hotel will offer the brand's signatures including free high-speed internet access throughout, free hot breakfast, 24-hour snack area featuring light dishes, a full bar, as well as Hampton by Hilton's 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Both hotels will be managed by polish operator Vision Hotel Management, subsidary company of Satoria Group SA. "We are proud that we will manage this exceptional dual branded Project in Kraków owned by Euro-Hotele sp. z o.o. I strongly believe that two hotels with significat convention space will play a crutial role in driving an additional conference business to Kraków and will become new convention destination in Europe" said, Wojciech Popis, Managing Director of Vision Hotel Management.

Across Poland Hilton Worldwide currently has five hotels in operation with another 12 in the pipeline and seven (1470 bedrooms ) currently under construction. It is estimated that this growth will help create approximately 500 jobs in the next few years. Hotels currently under development include: DoubleTree by Hilton Wroclaw, DoubleTree by Hilton Lodz, DoubleTree by Hilton Kraków Hotel & Convention Centre, Hilton Garden Inn Wroclaw, Hilton Garden Inn Kraków Airport, Hampton by Hilton Kraków, Hampton by Hilton Warsaw Airport and Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport. Hilton Worlwide recently announced Hampton by Hilton Warsaw, set to be the largest Hampton in Europe when it opens.

Contacts: Dan Corfield
Hilton Worldwide
+44 (0) 7974 229 462
dan.corfield@hilton.com

John Walls
Director, Global Brand Public Relations, Hampton Hotels
901 374 6383
John.Walls@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens
Director, Global Brand Public Relations, DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 703 883 5346
maggie.giddens@hilton.com

About Hampton by Hilton As the number one ranked franchise for the past eight years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,240 properties totaling more than 225,000 rooms in 19 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and On The RunTM breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Each Hampton by Hilton hotel offers complete satisfaction with the 100% Hampton® Guarantee. Hampton by Hilton 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 Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or news.hampton.com and connect online 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 nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 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 HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, 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.

About DoubleTree by Hilton DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale hotels with more than 119,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. 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. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with the DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Journalists may visit news.doubletree.com.

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