Hilton Hotels & Resorts Voted Number One Hotel Brand In The Middle East For Fourth Consecutive Year

Continental Names Hilton Hotels & Resorts The Leading Choice Hotel Brand For Business Travellers In The Middle East

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October 03, 2010

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates and MCLEAN, Va. -  For the fourth consecutive year, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has topped the BDRC Continental Middle East Hotel Business Guest Survey. The flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide has been voted number one hotel brand in the Middle East and the 'Leading Choice Hotel Brand' amongst business travellers.

"Our fourth consecutive ranking as the top hotel brand in the Middle East reaffirms our standing as the global leader in hospitality. Throughout our fast paced growth in this region, we continue to innovate our product to provide relevant services and ensure that we deliver a refreshing experience for today's global travellers," said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.

The annual BDRC Continental Survey tracks the performance of 77 international hotel brands operating across the Middle East.  Their Brand Ranking Index (BRI) is a composite measure based on the review of a hotel chain's market positioning in the minds of business travellers from the Middle East. The survey tracks six brand metrics - prompted awareness, unprompted awareness, usage in the past year, leading choice, loyalty and advocacy for brands in the deluxe, premium, upper full service, mid-market full-service and budget sectors. Hilton topped four of the six measures, with a combined brand ranking index score of 55 on a theoretical maximum of 60.

"With visitor numbers returning to form, the Middle East is at the threshold of transforming into one of the world's major tourist hubs with Hilton at the forefront of the region's tourism industry. In addition to international visitors numbers rising, intra-regional tourism held strong this year - a trend that is beneficial for global brands like Hilton that have strong development pipelines across markets like Qatar, Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" stated Esther Reynal de Saint Michel-Richardot, project manager and senior research executive, BDRC Ltd.

Hilton maintained top ranking in the usage and preference categories with 27 percent of those surveyed having stayed at a Hilton in the past year and 30 percent preferring a Hilton-branded property over others, a nine-point lead above its nearest competitor.

Hilton was also the top-of-mind brand for 55 percent of the respondents while prompted recall of the brand stood at 86 percent with almost universal recognition in key markets like Egypt and Kuwait. Brand loyalty remains a Hilton stronghold, with three-quarters of those surveyed listing Hilton as the brand they are most likely to use.

"To be recognised by business travellers, for the fourth consecutive year, for our service quality and meetings products is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our teams.  Every day we strive to provide an excellent guest experience across all our hotels and to have this acknowledged by our guests once more is very rewarding." said Jean-Paul Herzog, area president, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East and Africa.

The Survey's focus on hotel-controlled channels and the internet as information sources for potential guests also identified the Hilton brand's customer relations services as recording increased results amongst business travellers, surging 6 points from 2009. The brand's website, www.hilton.com, also leads the pack in booking penetration rates among hotel and travel sites and the brand was also perceived favourably in terms of engagement with potential guests on social media websites.

The survey also registered an increase in participation in loyalty programmes by 15 percent with Hilton HHonors showing positive growth in terms of membership and awareness.

With 29 hotels in the Middle East, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has 10,005 rooms or 8 percent of the branded market share in the region, spread across strong business and leisure destinations like Kuwait, KSA, Egypt and UAE, and catering to diverse target markets including the business, conferences and meeting segments.

Also under the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, the Conrad brand made its mark in the BDRC  Continental Survey with the Conrad Cairo strongly associated with exclusivity, strong meetings facilities and effectiveness.

The BDRC Continental Survey is a multi-client, syndicated study based on responses from business travellers who have stayed in hotels of at least a 3-star rating or equivalent for business reasons in their own country or abroad in the last 12 months. The 2010 edition surveyed 913 business travellers and tracked performances of 77 hotel brands across Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE. 

Contact:
Emma Corcoran, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa
+971 4 365 4886 
emma.corcoran@hilton.com

John Forrest Ales, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
+ 1 703 883 5212
johnforrest.ales@hilton.com

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.