Hilton Targets South America

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Over the next two years, Hilton Hotels will be bursting out all over South America, leading off with Doubletree by Hilton in Panama City opening by the end of this year, and continuing with six new properties debuting in the next 12 months.

According to Bill Fortier, senior v.p. of development in the Americas for Hilton Worldwide, “As an emerging market, South America represents a great opportunity for expansion and is the perfect environment in which to introduce our portfolio of brands that caters to the diverse and interesting array of business and leisure destinations in this fast-growing region.” Actually, in the Caribbean and Latin America regions combined, plans call for an additional 150 hotels and resorts over the next four years, moving the company’s lodging footprint from 59 properties to more than 200.

Due to open in 2011 are the Hilton Garden Inn Santiago in Chile, and the Hilton Bogota in Colombia, both slated for March. In May, The Panamera, a Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, will open in Panama, followed by the Hilton Panama and the Hilton Iguazu Resort in Argentina in June. Slated for late-2011 is the debut of the Hilton Ushuaia in Argentina, followed by the Hilton Lima Miraflores opening in early-2012.

For more information, call (800)-HILTONS or visit hiltonworldwide.com/development.