Hilton plan calls for eight openings in Mexico

By Johanna Jainchill

Hilton Worldwide is undergoing a major expansion plan in Latin America that includes the opening of eight new hotels throughout Mexico.

By the end of 2013, the company plans to expand its presence throughout Latin American with the opening of 14 hotels and more than 2,000 rooms. Hilton currently has 54 properties throughout the region.

In Mexico, by the end of this year, the following five Hilton brand hotels will have opened: the 259-room Hilton Puerto Vallarta; the 100-room DoubleTree by Hilton Merida; the 96-room DoubleTree by Hilton Mexico City Airport; the 102-room Hilton Garden Inn Queretaro; and the 90-room Hampton Inn by Hilton San Juan del Rio.

Hampton Inn Ciudad del Carmen"Hilton Worldwide is experiencing a period of remarkable global growth, with the industry's largest global pipeline by rooms, and Latin America is among our leading markets for upcoming hotel openings," Danny Hughes, senior vice president of Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America for Hilton Worldwide, said in a statement. "With stable and growing economies throughout the region, Latin America continues to offer great opportunities for both business and leisure travel, and we will continue playing an active role in welcoming visitors to this dynamic part of the world."

Hilton Worldwide has more than 10,000 rooms throughout Latin America and has already added more than 1,000 rooms to the region over the last year.

In Mexico, they include the 125-room DoubleTree by Hilton Saltillo; the 120-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Ciudad del Carmen; and the 143-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara/Expo.

Hilton said the development pipeline in Latin America consists of 20 confirmed projects that will mean more than 3,000 rooms.

Beyond Mexico, the company said its development plans include key cities and resort destinations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru.

Hilton is not the only hotel company with big plans in Latin America.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened the first Le Meridien Hotel in Mexico City last month.

Osvaldo Librizzi, co-president of the Americas for Starwood, said in a statement that the property was "part of Starwood's aggressive expansion strategy in Latin America marking the 71st Starwood hotel in the region and the seventh in Mexico City."

Also last month, Donald Trump stated that he has plans to further expand the Trump brand in Latin America, after opening the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City, the company's first hotel outside the U.S.

For more information on the Hilton properties, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/development.

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