Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Hotels is an American company headquartered in Tysons Corner (Virginia ) ( Fairfax County) and one of the largest hotel chains in the world.

Company History

The hotel chain was founded in Cisco (Texas ) 1919 Conrad Nicholson Hilton and developed since the hotel brand leading to a. In the first half of the century, the growth still limited to the United States. The global expansion began with the opening of the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico in 1949. The first foothold in Europe procured Hilton in 1955 with the Hilton Istanbul, three years later, the first German representatives in Berlin. Hilton was the first house, the amenities such as TV and telephone with direct dial offered to guests.

Until February 2006 Hilton consisted of two companies: Hilton Hotels Corporation and Hilton International. 1949 these two types of companies have been established to distinguish between the Hilton hotels in the United States and the hotels outside the United States. The trademark rights to the Hilton name for the area outside of North America were sold at the end of the 60s a British company, which calls itself "The Hilton Group plc. ". After Hilton International repeatedly changed owners took over in 1987, the British company Ladbroke Group PLC, the company. In February 2006 the company went for $ 5.3 billion over again to the parent company.

In 1997, both Hilton corporations have agreed to collaborate on marketing level in order to ensure a uniform appearance for customers. Cooperation in sales and marketing including a common logo.

In July 2007, the investor Blackstone Group acquired the Hilton chain for U.S. $ 26 billion ( 19 billion euros ).

In September 2013 it was announced that the Blackstone Group, the Hilton Hotel would go public again. On December 11, 2013, the trading began with the stock at $ 20 under the abbreviation LDS and the ISIN US43300A1043.


Hilton hotels are now present in over 70 countries (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe). The Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE: HLT ) leads with Stand October 2006 currently 2817 hotels with a total of 485 356 rooms under your management. In order for the hotel group is in terms of number of rooms worldwide in fourth chain hotels, behind Intercontinental, Wyndham and Marriott.

The portfolio comprises ten brands, including next to Hilton himself also, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Grand Vacations, the apartment hotel brand Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf = Astoria Collection.

Are located in the United States 2,300 hotels owned and under the management of the Hilton Hotels Corporation or run as franchises. Outside the U.S., the company operates 262 hotels branded Hilton. In addition, there are currently about 700 hotels in the planning phase, which can rise to the fastest growing hotel chain in the world Hilton. The 131 Hotels Scandic its own brand were sold in early 2007 for around 833 million euros to the Scandinavian investment firm EQT.

Well-known buildings are the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waldorf -Astoria in New York City, The Drake and The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Langham Hilton and London Hilton Park Lane, Cavalieri Hilton in Rome, Ramses Hilton in Cairo. The Nile Hilton, one of the most famous hotels in Egypt, changed in 2009 due to a dispute between the owner and the operator of the Ritz- Carlton Group, under which it was opened in late 2011 after extensive renovations.

Hilton in German-speaking

The first in Germany opened Hilton Hotel was opened in 1958 Berlin Hilton, owned since the 1990s to the InterContinental Hotels Group. Currently, the Hilton Group in Germany is represented by Hilton brand hotels in Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Dresden, Cologne, Nuremberg and two each in Frankfurt, Mainz and Munich, and two Hilton Garden Inn in Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main. Opened in early 2013, high-rise Zoofenster in Berlin the first hotel of Hilton 's luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in Germany.

In Austria, there are currently three Hilton in Vienna and one in Innsbruck, in Switzerland the brand with hotels in Basel and Zurich Airport is present.

To March 1, 2008 Olivier Harnisch took over the position of Vice President of International Operations Hilton Hotels - Germany & Switzerland from its predecessor Ola Ivarsson. In this position he is responsible for the hotels in Germany and two hotels in the German-speaking Switzerland. Since 2011, responsible for Austria and Scandinavia Olivier Harnisch as Area Vice President Northern and Central Europe in addition. His responsibilities now umfässt 28 hotels and four brands.

The Hilton Family

Known members of the Hotel Dynasty

  • Conrad Nicholson Hilton the founder (1887-1979), and its progeny; Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Jr. (1926-1969);
  • Barron Hilton ( * 1927), entrepreneur; Richard Howard Hilton ( born 1955 ), entrepreneur, and his wife Kathy Hilton ( born 1959 ); Paris Hilton ( b. 1981 ), It Girl ( most famous member of the Hilton Family);
  • Nicky Hilton ( b. 1983 )
  • Barron Hilton, Jr. (* 1989) and
  • Conrad Hughes Hilton ( * 1994)