MEXICO CITY -- Hilton's Garden Inn brand is sprouting throughout
Hilton Inns, the franchising subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corp.,
signed a joint venture agreement with Mexico's Grupo Hotelero
Azteca S.A. de C.V. to operate five additional Hilton Garden Inn
hotels in the country.
The hotels will have a combined total of 900 rooms and will be
built in San Luis Potosi, Leon, Queretaro, Mexico City and Puebla.
Construction of the first hotel will begin next year in San Luis
Potosi, with an opening scheduled for 2004.
The hotels will join three existing Hilton Garden Inn properties
in Mexico -- Hilton Garden Inn Monterrey, Hilton Garden Inn Ciudad
Juarez and Hilton Garden Inn Nuevo Laredo.
"The Mexican market represents one of the most important
business opportunities for Hilton in Latin America," said Nelson
Diaz, vice president of franchise development for Mexico and Latin
America, Hilton Hotels Corp.
"Mexico's industrial and enterprise activities and its
geographic location make the country an ideal place for new
industrial developments and hotel expansion," Diaz said.
According to Jorge Abud, chairman of Grupo Hotelero Azteca,
"This joint venture will significantly contribute to place Hoteles
Azteca as one of the main forces of the hospitality industry in our
country and show the confidence that private enterprises have in
the stability of the Mexican economy."
The Hilton Garden Inn brand has a portfolio of more than 150
hotels in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
The brand is positioned as a midprice product for
"value-conscious" business and leisure travelers looking for a
home-like atmosphere, Diaz said.
Rooms feature two dual-line phones with voice mail and data
ports; large workdesks with a pull-out shelf for laptops; ergonomic
chairs; iron and ironing board; and hair dryers.
A "hospitality center" in the room includes a microwave;
coffeemaker; small refrigerator; and separate sitting area with an
easy chair and ottoman.
All Hilton Garden Inn hotels feature a signature glass-walled
Pavilion Pantry with a selection of refrigerated, frozen and
microwaveable packaged items; a restaurant; a lounge with
television and fireplace; a fitness center; a swimming pool and
whirlpool; and on-site laundry facility.
For information or reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit the
Web at www.hiltonworldwide.com.