BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Hilton Family of Hotels announced today that its Hampton brand has garnered the #1 ranking in the Mid-Priced tier and Hilton Garden Inn earned the #2 ranking in the Upscale Select Service category in the 2009 Business Travel News Top U.S. Hotel Chains survey, which was published in the March 23 issue of the magazine.

“Corporate travel represents a critical part of our business, which is why we cater heavily to these travelers through business services and conveniences they covet within our hotels,” said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service brands for Hilton Hotels Corporation and senior vice president – Hampton brand management. “These accolades are especially important honors for Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn, particularly related to the courtesy of our staff, our price/value relationships and quality of our facilities – areas in which we place significant emphasis on continually enhancing.”

Business Travel News’ U.S. Hotel Chain Survey annually measures corporate travel buyer opinions of the lodging brands they use. Business Travel News e-mailed corporate readers responsible for hotel buying decisions, asking them to rate hotels, arranged by tier, with which they did business in the past year. Equation Research tabulated 380 responses. Based on price point data provided by Smith Travel Research, BTN this year divided hotels that it in recent years has ranked in the upscale and midprice tiers into three tiers: upper upscale, upscale/select service and midprice. Buyers rated hotels in each segment on up to 13 attributes. Ratings are presented on a numerical score from one to five. BTN reported results only for tiers and individual chains that achieved a significant percentage of usage. 

Contact:
Kendra Walker/Charmaine Easie-Samuels 
Hilton Family Brand Communications 
(310) 205-4545/901-374-6462 
kendra.walker@hilton.com / charmaine.easie-samuels@hilton.com

About Hampton
Hampton, the international brand of Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites and Hampton by Hilton, earned the #1 placement overall in the mid-priced category, including #1 ranking in 8 of the 12 categories, including: Individual travel arrangements, meeting facilities, corporate rate program, commission payment system, helpful and courteous staff, physical appearance of hotels, quality of in-room biz amenities, overall price/value relationship.
All Hampton hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture that share a common “personality” supported by the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn 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 stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offers full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 770 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 5,300 properties with more than 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.