Hilton Hotels Corporation to Manage New Convention Center Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Apr 23, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today that the company has signed a 15-year agreement to operate and manage the Hilton Omaha—a new 450-room convention center hotel in downtown Omaha, Neb. The hotel will be owned by City of Omaha Convention Hotel Corporation and developed by Austin, Texas-based Landmark Organization.
“Hilton Hotels Corporation is delighted to have the opportunity to work with another great city that is dedicated to developing a community gathering place for the 21st century. We look forward to applying our management expertise as well as our wide-ranging and experienced marketing and national sales infrastructure to maximize the success of the Hilton Omaha,” said Dieter Huckestein, executive vice president, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and president - hotel operations owned and managed. “Being awarded this management contract, along with our recent selection to manage new properties in Houston and Austin, Texas underscores Hilton`s position as the leading operator of downtown convention-oriented hotels.”

Situated on a 5.5-acre site adjacent to the new Omaha Convention Center (which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in Summer 2003), the Hilton Omaha is scheduled to break ground on April 30 and open for business in early 2004.

When completed the mid-rise, eight-story hotel will feature nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space (including 18 various sized meeting rooms and a 10,000 square-foot ballroom), a restaurant and lounge and a full service health club and swimming pool.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,000 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world`s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton(R), Conrad(TM), Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn & Suites(R), Harrison Conference Centers(R), Hilton Garden Inn(R), Hilton Grand Vacations Company(R) and Homewood Suites(R) by Hilton.