HALIFAX, Nova Scotia and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown and Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown.  The opening reinforces Hilton Worldwide's commitment to the Canadian market and the dual-brand sector, marking the company's 99th and 100th properties in Canada, 15th dual-branded property in North America, and the 14th featuring Homewood Suites, the leader and anchor in Hilton Worldwide's dual-brand strategy.

"Reaching 100 hotels in Canada is an incredible milestone for Hilton Worldwide that emphasizes the solid demand for our products in the market," said Phil Cordell, global head, Focused Service and Hampton brand. "Similarly, the addition of a third dual-build property in Canada speaks to how well the model has been embraced by owners and developers in the market looking to serve a wide array of guests."

The Halifax-Downtown hotel is the second Hampton Inn and the first Homewood Suites property in Halifax.  The 16-story hotel features 181 Hampton Inn and 135 Homewood Suites guest rooms.  The property will be owned and managed by SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts LP.

Centrally located in downtown Halifax, the dual-brand hotel offers easy access to major corporate headquarters as well as fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment.  Nearby attractions include the Citadel Hill Historic Site, the Halifax Harbour Boardwalk, Pier 21 and the trendy Spring Garden Road.

"We are pleased to deliver two industry-leading hotel brands to downtown Halifax, contributing to the vibrancy of the city while bringing strong value to guests," said Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts.  "As the area's first dual-brand hotel, we look forward to introducing the unique concept and stay experience it will afford both business and leisure travelers."

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas - a 5,000 sq. ft. Conference Center including seven flexible meeting rooms, complimentary 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool and fitness center - than would be standard at a stand-alone property, benefitting both business and leisure travelers.  The hotel also has two distinct lobbies offering two separate check-in desks and lodging/dining areas - each catering to the needs of their respective guests.

All Hampton Inn guests will enjoy guest rooms equipped with modern amenities designed to help guests relax, including a 42-inch LCD TV and a clean and fresh Hampton bed®. The new hotel also features Hampton's Perfect Mix Lobby, designed with a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers as an extension of the guestroom.

Homewood Suites by Hilton provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budget, including complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast and evening dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday*.  In addition, Homewood Suites' 320+ all-suite hotels boast fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping and living spaces, a complimentary grocery shopping service** and fitness and recreational options to stay active - all amenities that enable travelers to feel at home and make life on the road more about life and less about the road.

Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates at more than 3,900 hotels worldwide.

For more information about Hampton Inn or Homewood Suites by Hilton, please visit http://news.hampton.com or http://news.homewoodsuites.com.

Contacts:
Jeanine Karp
For Hilton Worldwide
+1 305 448 3754
jeanine.karp@rbbpr.com

Jennifer Hughes
Hilton Worldwide
+1 901 374 6518
jennifer.hughes@hilton.com

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,100 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.