12/5/2008

Hilton has eyes set on Turkey

TravelVideo.TV - Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) has announced its plan to operate 40 new properties in Turkey, representing 5,500 rooms, by 2014. According to HHC, eleven contracts have already been signed with property partners Amplio, the Kosifler Group and Gocay Tourism, which will double HCC’s Turkish portfolio by 2011. “We are seeing increased demand for quality accommodation throughout the country - not just Istanbul - and are keen to capture a significant part of that,” Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s senior vice president development, Europe and Africa, said. The first two “mid-market” hotels will open in Kutahya and Diyarbakir in 2010. Properties in Istanbul, Sanliurfa, Bursa, Manisa, Mardin, Corlu and Corum will follow. Hilton’s current Turkish portfolio consists of seven Hilton hotels and one Conrad hotel.