• Hilton continues its growth

Hilton is pushing forward with its growth plans despite current economic conditions.

In the past week projects have been announced in both the UK and Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi deal is a non-exclusive strategic development agreement with the Abdulmohsen Al-Hokair Group. The potential is for 13 Garden Inns, totalling 2,500 rooms, with the first expected to open in Riyadh next year.

In the UK, the announced project is a development at Syon Park in London for a core brand property that will cost about £40m to build. The property, which will have 151 rooms and a Spa Chakra, was originally tipped to be a Radisson Edwardian.

The developer is the Ability Group which already has a number of Hilton properties including Doubletrees in Cambridge and Dunblane. It is also completing the construction of a Hilton in Liverpool that is due to open in the summer. This property was bought for £60m in September 2007 from the Grosvenor Group.

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