MCLEAN, Va. & LONDON - Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) has today announced the signing of a management agreement with the Ability Group for a new property near Luton Airport.

The 250 bedroom hotel, located on Kimpton Road and only five minutes walk from the airport terminal, is due to open in 2011 and will become Luton's second HGI. It follows the successful arrival last year of the hotel on Butterfield Business Park in Luton - Britain's first ever HGI, the focused service brand from Hilton Worldwide.

The deal represents Hilton's fifth project with the Ability Group, who last year launched the UK's first Doubletree by Hilton, in Cambridge, and only last month opened the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. This will be their first Hilton Garden Inn.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President of Development for Europe & Africa at Hilton, said: "Following the success of our first Hilton Garden Inn we are delighted to have confirmed our second site in Luton, a location which is set to benefit from a major regeneration scheme and boasts the UK's fastest growing airport.

"It also signifies further growth in our partnership with the Ability Group, which has demonstrated huge commitment to the Hilton Family of Hotel brands."

The hotel will create up to 70 employment opportunities - with the existing hotel having predominantly recruited team members from the local population.

Adrian Kurre, Senior Vice President - Brand Management for Hilton Garden Inn, commented, "Hilton Garden Inn is gaining real momentum across Europe and ideally suited to business hubs such as Luton. As with our existing property in the area, guests will be able to enjoy all our signature brand attributes including the Garden Sleep System bed, complimentary high speed Internet access, 24-hour business centre and fitness centre."

Hilton Garden Inn is a focused service brand offering affordable rates for the mid-market traveller. The airport property will feature a full service restaurant, daytime coffee shop and bar, plus HGI's 24 hour Pavilion Pantry® shop offering a selection of healthy snacks, delicious readymade meals, and beverages (TBC).

As well as the custom beds, guestrooms will feature a spacious work desk with the ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra® chair, air conditioning and LCD satellite television, plus a hospitality centre with a mini refrigerator and kettle.

A variety of five flexible meeting spaces will complement a larger function room, with on-site hotel parking for up to 200 vehicles.

Andreas Panayiotou, chairman of the Ability Group, said: "This is a superb location at the heart of Luton's regeneration projects, next to the fast-growing airport and Luton Parkway station. Hilton Garden Inn offers high-quality and thoughtful amenities to travellers and I'm sure will be very well received here. We are delighted to add the Hilton Garden Inn brand to our hotel portfolio."

For more information on Hilton Garden Inn locations in North America and Europe or to make reservations, please visit www.StayHGI.com.

Contact:
Katrina Jones 
VP Corporate Communications - Europe 
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8313 
Email: katrina.jones@hilton.com 

Jules Kerby 
Director of Corporate Communications - Europe 
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8076 
Email: jules.kerby@hilton.com

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 5,200 properties with nearly 856,000 rooms in 105 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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