Centennial celebrations: Hilton forges ahead with big plans [Infographic]

by | Feb 18, 2019 | Chains

Celebrating 100 years, the legendary Hilton Hotels is setting a lofty goal for itself in 2019 — that it will be the group’s best ever year

In its 100th year, Hilton Hotels plans to go bigger and better than it has ever gone before.

Increased expansion and growth, as well as improvements and innovations across all its operations and services. We check out what they have in store.

2018 and a string of successes

Hilton had a big year in 2018. The hotel giant opened a new hotel every day last year, bringing its portfolio to a whopping total of over 5,600 properties in 113 countries, into which 166 million guests stepped through the doors over the course of 12 months.

In 2018, the hotel group was voted one of the best places to work in the world for another year, currently ranking at #2 on the World’s Best Workplace list.

In 2018, Hilton also branched out by starting a host of new initiatives. Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Hilton, said: “Hilton was founded on the noble premise that travel can make the world a better place, and 100 years into our journey, this premise still guides us today. We have big plans to continue to grow, innovate and positively impact the world around us, and we expect that 2019 will be our best and most dynamic year yet.”

Customer and community impact

Among the new programs launched by Hilton in 2018 were some which have been introduced to improve on the effect the hotel and its properties have on guests and communities.

2030 Goals promotes traveling with purpose, and will see Hilton halving its environmental footprint by 2030 and doubling its investment in sustainable practices and social impact.

This, and other moves, have seen Hilton appear on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, the only hospitality company to do so.

Hilton will also be investing $1 million into Africa to foster sustainable tourism and travel.

As far as Hilton’s guests, the group added an incredible 14 million members to its Hilton Honors program, and from the loyalty points that the members accrued, Hilton donated $243 million to 325 non-profit organisations.

A great place to work

It is now practically incontestable that Hilton is a great place to work. Having ranked at #2 on the World’s Best Workplace list, it was also ranked in the top spot by parents as the best workplace.

Ten lucky members of staff were shipped off to spend four weeks living their best lives as part of the Thrive Sabbatical, which encourages staff to [email protected]Hilton.

Hilton shows no sign of slowing down after this great year, planning only to build on these developments.

Kevin Jacobs, CFO, says, “During our first 100 years, we have served more than three billion guests and provided $1 trillion of economic impact through a phenomenon we call The Hilton Effect.”

“2018 is a great example of how we used our scale and our commitment to hospitality to positively impact communities and economies across the globe. In addition to opening more than a hotel a day and achieving almost seven percent net unit growth, our team members volunteered more than 235,000 hours across 93 countries during our Global Week of Service.”

Here’s a TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION infographic on Hilton projects worldwide.

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by Hilton:

Hilton Da Nang

Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences

Hilton Monrovia

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