Hilton Int\'l Execs Meet in Dubai to Discuss GCC Expansion Plans

Published November 27th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Top executives from Hilton International, one of the world's leading hotel brands, met recently in Dubai for a brief visit to discuss the recent hotel openings in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as plans for expansion in the region. 

Anthony Harris, CEO of Hilton International, flew to Dubai together with Koos Klein, president for the Middle East and Asia, Philip Bowcock, the company's worldwide financial controller, and Robert Scullin, vice president of finance for Asia Pacific, said a company press release. 

Speaking during his visit, Harris said that “this is a very exciting time for Hilton International worldwide, and especially Hilton in the Gulf, as we continue to launch new luxury hotels. 

“We believe that business and leisure traffic to the Gulf will continue to increase steadily in the long term, and we aim to provide luxurious hotels throughout the region offering the highest service and quality that are synonymous with the Hilton brand,” he added. 

Hilton International, according to the statement, has recently undertaken a regional expansion program with the opening of three new hotels in the GCC during 2001. 

The first was the 422-room Jeddah Hilton, which opened in summer 2001, raising the number of Hilton properties in the kingdom to three.  

Soon after, Hilton launched two more hotels - one in Ras Al Khaimah and another in Dubai - complementing its existing portfolio of six hotels in the UAE, the statement added.  

Next year sees the opening of the new Hilton Kuwait, which will mark the re-entry of Hilton into the country. This spectacular sea-front resort situated outside Kuwait City offers one of the longest beaches in Kuwait, stretching for 1,600 meters, with a choice of more than 60 two-bedroom chalets, 143 guest rooms and 49 self-contained studios – Albawaba.com 

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