ISTANBUL - Having recently announced four new hotel deals in Turkey, Hilton Worldwide today confirmed another signing: the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport, located just four kilometres from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (IST). Expected to open in late 2013, the hotel will join Hilton Worldwide's development pipeline, bolstering the portfolio with its strategic location at one of the country's busiest airports.

Located next to the Ataturk Boulevard, just a few minutes drive from the main terminal buildings, Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will provide guests with a mid-market solution on the doorstep of the airport, and within easy reach of the historic centre of Istanbul. Ataturk Airport is a major domestic and international hub with flight connections across Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia. The new build hotel will be part of a mixed use office and residential development, offering 227 bedrooms alongside significant meetings and events space.

"Turkey continues to be one of our most exciting markets for hotel development in Europe," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide. "The appetite for our portfolio of brands in major cities, regional centres and resort locations continues with strong momentum in Turkey and we are delighted to have signed a Hilton Garden Inn within close proximity of Ataturk Airport."

Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will join the portfolio following the signing of a management agreement with Saray Dokum ve Madeni Aksam Sanayi Turizm A.Ş. The hotel will provide the Hilton Garden Inn brand's key signature offerings which include the Garden Sleep SystemTM bed and ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller - ideal for travellers looking for a good night's sleep and comfortable stay. There will also be a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout, as well as a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

For business and social events, an impressive meeting space will be approximately 770 square metres in size and provide a large event room, pre-function area and four additional meeting rooms. The hotel will include an all-day dining restaurant and lobby bar as well as the brand's signature 24-hour Pavilion Pantry for light snacks and refreshments.

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said, "Hilton Garden Inn has seen great success in Turkey and as our brand continues to expand internationally, we look forward to introducing more travellers to what sets the brand apart from our competitors. HGI is the perfect hotel for mid-market business and leisure travellers with stylish interiors and excellent service, all at an affordable rate."

Ahmet Sarayli, owner, Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport, said, "We believe in the high potential of tourism in Istanbul. We expect that our partnership with Hilton Worldwide to open a Hilton Garden Inn will help shape the future of the area. Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will be in a prime location and will benefit from a close proximity to the city."

Hilton Worldwide has operated in Turkey since 1955 and currently offers a portfolio of 15 hotels. Hilton Worldwide expects to open 11 hotels in 2011 with the most recent openings including DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Old Town, DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos - Cappadocia, and DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Moda.

Notes to Editors
Hilton Worldwide's Turkish portfolio currently includes the luxury Conrad Istanbul; the full-service Adana HiltonSA, Ankara HiltonSA, Mersin HiltonSA, Hilton Istanbul, Hilton ParkSA Istanbul, Hilton Izmir, Hilton Kayseri, and Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa; the full-service DoubleTree by Hilton Ankara - Kolej , DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos - Cappadocia, DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Old Town, and DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Moda; and the focused-service Hilton Garden Inn Kutahya and Hilton Garden Inn Konya.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. If something isn’t just the way you like it, simply let any hotel Team Member know, and we will make it right. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 750 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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