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Hilton Hotels & Resorts (formerly known as Hilton Hotels) is a global brand of full-service
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hotel
s and resorts and the flagship brand of American multinational hospitality company
Hilton Hilton or Hylton may refer to: Companies * Hilton Worldwide Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., formerly Hilton Hotels Corporation, is an American multinational hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and resort ...
. The original company was founded by
Conrad Hilton Conrad Nicholson Hilton Sr. (December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979) was an American businessman known as the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. Early life and education Hilton was born in San Antonio, New Mexico, San Antonio, in what was then t ...

Conrad Hilton
. As of December 30 , 2019, there were 584 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties with 216,379 rooms in 94 countries and territories across six continents. This includes 61 properties that are owned or leased with 219,264 rooms, 272 that are managed with 119,612 rooms, and 251 that are franchised with 77,451 rooms. In 2020, ''
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'' magazine ranked Hilton Hotels & Resorts at number one on their Fortune List of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2020 based on an employee survey of satisfaction.


Overview

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is Hilton's
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brand and one of the largest hotel brands in the world. The brand is targeted at both business and leisure travelers with locations in major city centers, near airports, convention centers, and popular vacation destinations around the world. Hilton Hotels & Resorts participates in Hilton Honors, Hilton's guest loyalty program. Members who book directly through Hilton-owned channels receive exclusive discounts and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, digital check-in, keyless entry, and the ability to use a
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to choose specific rooms.


Notable events

* Conrad Hilton founded the hotel chain in 1919, when he bought his first property, the Mobley Hotel, in
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. * The first hotel to bear the Hilton name was the
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, a high-rise that opened in
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, in 1925. * In 1954, at the
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's Beachcomber Bar in
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, Ramon "Monchito" Marrero reportedly created the . *In June 1955, Hilton opened the first post–World War II property in
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Istanbul, Turkey
, and it is the longest operating Hilton Hotel outside the
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United States
. * The in Chicago figured prominently in the 1968 Democratic Convention police riot that occurred on Michigan Avenue and across the street in Grant Park on August 28. During the riot the demonstrators took up the chant "
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", and the hotel's doors were locked for the first time in its history. The hotel suffered minor damage as a result of the violence, and a couple of street level windows gave way under the weight of dozens of protesters being pushed up against them by the police. *
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and
Yoko Ono Yoko Ono ( ; ja, 小野 洋子, Ono Yōko, usually spelled in katakana is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with hiragana, kanji and in some cases the Latin script (known as rōmaji). The word ''kat ...
held their first Bed-In for Peace between March 25 and 31, 1969, at the , in Room 902 (renumbered to Room 702 during renovation). This room became a popular tourist destination. * In the
London Hilton bombing On 5 September 1975 a bomb exploded in the lobby of the The London Hilton on Park Lane, Hilton Hotel on Park Lane (road), Park Lane, London, killing two people and injuring 63. Bombing Ten minutes before the explosion, the ''Daily Mail'' newsp ...
of September 1975, a bomb exploded in the lobby of the
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killing two people and injuring 63. * With construction on the
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Beirut
Hilton finished, the hotel was scheduled to open on April 14, 1975, but the
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erupted exactly one day before the April 13 Grand Opening date. The hotel never opened and was severely damaged during the war, and the building was demolished in the late 1990s. However, a different hotel was established later, under the name "Hilton Beirut Grand Habtoor", in the nearby eastern suburb. Later on, the Hilton Chain bought the Metropolitan hotel directly facing the Grand Habtoor and renamed it "Hilton Metropolitan". * On February 13, 1978, the Sydney Hilton Hotel was the site of one of the few terrorist incidents on Australian soil, when a bomb blast killed three people (two council workers and a policeman). * The Hilton Nicosia in Nicosia,
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Cyprus
, was the scene of the assassination of Youssef Sebai, an Egyptian newspaper editor and friend of Egyptian President
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, on February 19, 1978. The assassination and the hijacking of a
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DC-8 at Larnaca Airport led to the Egyptian raid on Larnaca International Airport by Egyptian forces. The intervention by the Egyptians led to the deterioration of relations between Cyprus and
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Egypt
. * In 1989, Hilton established the Hilton Honors program, Hilton's guest loyalty program. * On October 24, 1999, the four double columns of the left hand side of the then modern Barbados Hilton in Needham's Point, St. Michael, was collapsed and imploded inwards in just ten to fifteen seconds when the earthquake had rocked Barbados. It was later demolished in May 2005 after they constructed the new Barbados Hilton in January 2005. * In 2004, Hilton Hotels opened their new
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Kuala Lumpur
property in
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KL Sentral
, directly opposite the main entrance to the Sentral Terminal, as the replacement for their former premises in Jalan Sultan Ismail. The latter was the first internationally-run hotel in the city when opening in 1973, and changed management in 2002 (renamed Crowne Plaza Mutiara) before being demolished in 2015 for a (currently on hold) mixed-use development. * In 2009, the company relocated its global headquarters from
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to
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. * In 2009 Hilton opened Canada's tallest hotel at 58 stories, in
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Niagara Falls, Ontario
. * In late 2010, Hilton announced a name change of the Hilton Hotels brand to Hilton Hotels & Resorts along with a new logo design, as part of a rebranding effort for the flagship brand. * In March 2013, Hilton announced that it would be entering
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Burma
for the first time with the construction of a 300-room hotel in
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Yangon
. * In 2015, approximately 20 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties were inducted into the
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organization. Among these hotels were , which hosted
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John F. Kennedy
's final speech, and , the setting of the film ''
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''. * In 2016, Hilton N’Djamena opened in
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Chad
. It was the brand's first property in the country and the 100th country Hilton began operations in worldwide. * In June 2016, Hilton opened their first hotel in
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Estonia
and in the
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Baltic states
. * In 2017, Hilton announced that it will remain the sponsor for
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McLaren
until 2021. Hilton is one of the oldest sponsor of F1 series and is sponsoring McLaren since 2005. In October 2017, Hilton announced it had committed a total of $50m (£37.8m) over five years to its Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio. * In March 2018, Hilton opened their first hotel in
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Serbia
. It is a four-star hotel located in
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Belgrade
. * In late 2019, Hilton opened their first hotel in Gulshan,
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Dhaka
,
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Bangladesh
. It was designed by Mustapha Khalid Palash.


See also

*
Hyatt Hyatt Hotels Corporation, commonly known as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, is an American multinational corporation, multinational hospitality company headquartered in the Riverside Plaza area of Chicago that manages and franchises luxury and business ...
*
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is an international semi-luxury hotel chain owned by Marriott International. As of June 30, 2020, Sheraton operates 446 hotels with 155,617 rooms globally, including locations in North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Cent ...
* List of chained-brand hotels * List of hotels


References


External links

* * {{DEFAULTSORT:Hilton Hotels and Resorts 1919 establishments in Texas Companies based in McLean, Virginia Hilton Worldwide Hotels established in 1919