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Hilton Recognizes Champions

The Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree Hotels, Resorts, Guest Suites and Clubs and Embassy Suites Hotels brands recognized the top development champions of 2004 during the Hilton Hotels Corporation Full-Service Brands Owners Summit, held May 3-6 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hotel development awards across the three brands were presented in four distinct categories: Best Conversion, Deal of the Year, Outstanding Achievement and Developer of the Year. “As the Official Hotel Sponsor of the United States Olympic Team, the Hilton Family is honored to recognize outstanding achievement and celebrate the spirit of competition,” said Tom Keltner, president - brand performance and development group, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Just as our Olympic athletes strive to be higher, faster and stronger, our 2004 development award winners demonstrate that true spirit of competition in the quality of hotels they develop and their commitment to our communities and industry. Together with our hotel developers and combined with our turnkey programs that give them the tools to achieve success, we will perpetuate the Hilton Family momentum of having the largest development pipeline within the industry.”

“We are delighted to present our full-service hotel development awards as a way to recognize owner commitment to maintaining and building top-quality hotels for our Hilton Family of Hotels,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president - franchise development, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “The development business is not easy. These winners have gone beyond the brand standards and have or will soon have hotels that our guests will be proud to call home when traveling. These awards are a means to express appreciation for the owners’ brand loyalty and overall dedication to excellence, from the design stage to post-opening.”