Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE: HLT) has been recognized as the e-business winner in the travel and hospitality industries category by Internet Week magazine, as a result of the magazine’s first annual Internet Week 100. The Internet Week 100, based on a performance-focused questionnaire of major U.S. companies conducted in March and April by Internet Week Magazine and Benchmarking Partners, identified the leading e-businesses in 10 major industry sectors.
Announced in the June 12, 2000 issue of this leading Internet commerce magazine, Hilton Hotels Corporation also was one of only two hotel companies to make the Internet Week 100 list. The companies were evaluated in several critical areas, including improved relationships with customers and suppliers, and the extent of involvement in electronic marketplaces.
“Hilton is proud to receive this award from Internet Week, as it represents our continued reputation as a pioneer of innovative firsts in the hotel industry,” said Bruce Rosenberg, senior vice president - eBusiness at Hilton Hotels Corporation. “By having the foresight more than five years ago to understand the revolutionary impact the Internet would have on business and commerce in the 21st century, Hilton has and will continue to explore the dynamic power of the Internet to create a community of online resources and services that benefit all of our constituents.”
Hilton’s Internet services for guests and customers include a state-of-the-art computerized reservations system, which links directly to the company’s award winning corporate website at www.hilton.com; high-speed Internet access for wired laptop travelers in guest and meeting rooms at approximately 125 hotels throughout North America; and other high-speed Internet access solutions through guestroom televisions and kiosks in public areas of participating hotels.
From a business-to-business perspective, Hilton is proud of its achievements in taking its current web-enabled, electronic procurement program to the next level. The company announced earlier this month its intent to establish a proprietary hospitality procurement network for Hilton’s family of branded hotels and to establish the industry’s largest purchasing exchange. The network is expected to launch in early summer 2000 and be deployed by year-end 2000, and will be available to the company’s system of hotels in North America.
“More than three years ago, Hilton had sought to build an business-to-business infrastructure for the future, by developing and implementing a working e-commerce procurement system for our network of hotels,” said Anthony Nieves, senior vice president - purchasing of Hilton Hotels Corporation. “This progressive evolution has resulted in a leadership position for Hilton in our industry. We are excited at the prospect of implementing a web-based technology system that will provide our hotels with an even more efficient way to do business. Ultimately, we believe that this new hospitality procurement network will help our hotels across the country and our company realize significant operational and supply management benefits.”
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 1,800 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world’s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Harrison Conference Centers®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Homewood Suites® by Hilton, Red Lion Hotels & Inns® and Conrad International®. For more information on our family of brands, please visit www.hilton.com.