Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced that its subsidiary has entered into a franchise agreement with Gocay Tourism, Management, Investment, Transportation & Trade Inc to open a new Hilton Worldwide Resort in Dalaman, on the south west coast of Turkey.Scheduled to open mid 2009, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa will be the company’s first resort property to debut in the country.
Welcoming the announcement, Wolfgang M. Neumann, President of Hilton Hotels - Europe said: “Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa is a fantastic new signing for us. Over the past 50 years we have built a significant Hilton presence in Turkey so we are delighted to be adding our first dedicated resort property to the portfolio. It comes at an exciting time for our growth of Hilton’s family of hotel brands in Turkey as we look to triple our presence in this strategic market over the next five years.”
He adds: “With Dalaman’s popularity as a tourist resort on the rise it is considered to be one of Turkey’s emerging tourism hotspots as a leisure and golf destination. Despite this there is a real lack of top quality, internationally branded hotels, so we believe there is a great opportunity for Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa to cater for the demand from both international and domestic travellers alike.”
Located on Dalaman’s Sarigerme beach, the new Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa will comprise 384 well appointed guest rooms, including 52 spacious suites. Complete with its own private beach and pier, the resort will offer a range of leisure facilities, including a 3000m? health club and spa, state-of-the-art gym, a series of interconnected beach-front swimming pools and outdoor terraces, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course and nine hole golf academy facility. With a total of seven different restaurants and bars, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa will provide an extensive range of dining options, including a signature gourmet restaurant, an alfresco terrace and a roof top bar.
For business travellers, the resort will also be able to offer year round, flexible meeting and conference space including fully equipped Hilton meeting rooms and a dedicated business centre facility.
Stretching along four miles of Turkey’s south western coast, Sarigerme Beach is renowned for its spectacular scenery and views across the Mediterranean Sea. When it opens next year, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa will be conveniently located only five miles from Dalaman International Airport making it easily accessible for international and domestic travellers.
Hilton has named Turkey as one of its key development regions, joining Russia, the UK & Ireland, Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, Germany and Poland as core strategic areas for the introduction of the Hilton Family of hotels in Europe. Today’s news reflects Hilton’s dynamic growth in Turkey, with the company having recently announced strategic development agreements to introduce over 40 Hilton Family of hotels over the next five years. The first properties scheduled to open as part of these deals will be mid priced Hilton Garden Inn properties in Bursa, Manisa, Diyarbakir, Kutahya, Mardin and Sanliurfa. Hilton currently operates eight properties - seven Hilton? hotels and one Conrad? hotel - across six locations in Turkey.