Garden Inn brand plans Poland debut

Hilton Garden Inn will debut the brand in Poland with the Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszów
property to be located in Rzeszów, Poland, through a franchise agreement
with F.H.U Bogi.
Scheduled to open by the end of 2008, the Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszów will
form part of the Millennium Hall retail, entertainment and business complex
- the region’s largest facility of its kind - comprising of 180 shops and
restaurants, an extensive congress and concert centre, multi-screen cinema
complex and generous leisure and fitness facilities.

Welcoming the announcement, Wolfgang Neumann, President of Hilton Hotels -
Europe, said: “As the first international hotel chain to debut in Rzeszów,
we are confident that this venture will be warmly received by domestic and
international travelers alike. Following the successful introduction of our
first Hilton hotel in Warsaw earlier this year, it has become clear that
there is significant demand in the Polish market for quality, affordable
accommodation in many key cities.”


Neumann added: “The city’s historic appeal combined with its economic
development and strategic location meant that Rzeszów was a natural choice
for Hilton Garden Inn. This is further enhanced by its excellent air and
rail links connecting it to the rest of Poland, the Ukraine, Germany and
Western Europe. We are confident that our new development will be the first
of many in Poland for our world-class portfolio of the Hilton Family of
Hotel brands.”



Located in South Eastern Poland, some 150km from Krakow, Rzeszów is the
administrative capital of the Podharpachie Province. The newly built
102-room hotel will be situated within the business centre zone of
Millennium Hall and will offer business and leisure travelers a fitness
area, restaurant and bar as well as conference and meeting facilities
supported by a 24-hour business centre and limited complimentary parking.


“The addition of the Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszów to our growing collection of
hotels in Europe shows the demand by corporate and leisure travelers for
quality accommodations,” said Adrian Kurre, senior vice president - brand
management for Hilton Garden Inn. “We look forward to establishing the
focused service lodging option where guests can enjoy consistent service
and attributes like the Garden Sleep System bed, Mirra chair by Herman
Miller and complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary 24-hour business centre.”


Bogdan Pawowski, an investor in Millennium Hall said “We are proud that
such a prestigious hotel chain has signed its first contract in Poland with
us, as it is a very important investment that will help us attract business
people and tourists to Rzeszów. The Hilton Garden Inn brand brings instant
international recognition and we are not only excited about introducing it
into the south of Poland, but also confident that the launch of the new
Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszów will be a huge success.”


Earlier this year Hilton opened its first property in Poland, the 314-room
Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre. The company currently operates
three Hilton Garden Inn hotels across Europe - Hilton Garden Inn Florence
Novoli; Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport; Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart - and
has recently announced plans to open five more, including Rzeszów, over the
coming 24 months.