Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2020
Despite facing perhaps the most difficulty struggle in its 101-year history, Hilton recently reached a historic milestone. In a year when the travel industry faced crucial challenges, Hilton’s resilient, capital-light business model enabled it to reach the one million room milestone in the fourth quarter. With Marriott offering 1.4 million and Chinese rival Jin Jiang home to more than a million, only two hotels currently have more rooms under management.
Three of the hotels that helped Hilton cross this important threshold paint a picture of its global growth story. Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch in South Africa, illustrates an expansion into Africa; Tru by Hilton Savannah Airport, showcases the power of the fastest-growing new brand in the portfolio; while the Hilton Garden Inn Guizhou Maotai Town in China, helped to deliver on ambitious growth goals in the APAC market
Meanwhile, the overall Hilton development pipeline remains strong, including 2,640 hotels and more than 408,000 rooms globally. Chris Nassetta, President and Chief Executive, Hilton said in a statement that even in the face of incredible challenges, Hilton’s team members and owners have proven that travel is an unstoppable force for good. He appreciated their grit and determination, and mentioned that it has contributed in making a difference in the lives of many and positively impacted communities at a time when hospitality is needed more than ever. He shared that the company is also looking forward to create more meaningful memories in the year ahead.