Hilton Hotels Revs Up Partnership With Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team

Global Hotel Brand Announces Grand Prix VIP Auction And Exclusive Travel Packages For 2010 Race Season

This information originated in American English.

May 11, 2010

MCLEAN, Va. -  As official hotel partner of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team, Hilton Hotels helps its guests get closer to the thrill of Formula One (F1) racing with an exciting new auction and exclusive Grand Prix packages. Through May 16, Hilton HHonors members can enter for a chance to bid on a VIP weekend at the Grand Prix race in Montreal, Canada. Hilton also offers customized travel packages that provide cost effective ways to experience the glamour and excitement of Formula One racing at www.HiltonRacing.com.

Formula One is the highest class of motor racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and its season contains 19 races across multiple continents. The 2010 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team is led by the reigning world champion, Jenson Button, and the previous year's champion, Lewis Hamilton.

"With world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton leading the way, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team embodies global style and optimal performance," said Dave Horton, Global Head, Hilton Hotels brand. "As a leader in the global hospitality industry, we are excited to welcome racing enthusiasts to our hotels in Grand Prix locations, share VIP experiences with our guests and engage the more than 600 million Formula One enthusiasts worldwide."

For the ultimate race experience, Hilton is offering Hilton HHonors members a chance to bid on a VIP trip to Grand Prix races around the world through online auctions. An online auction for a Hilton Racing experience at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal June 11-13 is currently underway. Members may bid HHonors points at www.Hilton.com/grandprix now through May 16. Additional auctions will be featured throughout the race season in which fans can bid on Grand Prix race experiences in Milan (auction open June 14 - 27), Singapore (auction open August 16 - 29), São Paulo (auction open September 16 - 30) and Abu Dhabi (auction open September 27 - October 10). HHonors points used in all winning bids will be converted into donations to a global charity. The Montreal package includes*:

• Two weekend Paddock Club tickets to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Suite
• McLaren driver appearance in the suite
• Garage tour and pit lane walk
• Views of the pit lane and start/finish straight from the Suite
• Live camera link between team garage and VIP club
• Hilton Hotels accommodation, airfare and ground transportation for two
• Champagne Breakfast
• Three-course gourmet lunch

Hilton also puts guests inside the action with packages that help traveling fans build customized vacations to any of the Hilton brand's 26 Grand Prix hotels across the globe. In partnership with Thomas Cook Sport, fans can book hotel rooms, air travel and race tickets passes through www.HiltonRacing.com. Hilton serves more countries than any other upscale brand, with more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries, and allows motorsport fans to enjoy Hilton hospitality at upcoming F1 events in Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

Additionally, motorsports enthusiasts should continue to check www.HiltonRacing.com for exclusive videos, giveaways, race news and other interactive features throughout the entire race season. Fans can keep up with Hilton Racing throughout the F1 season through official Hilton social media channels on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Hilton) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HiltonOnline).

* Auction starts at 12:00 am EST US on 05/01/10 and ends at 11:59 pm EST US on 05/16/10. Open to Hilton HHonorsTM members who are legal residents of the United States and Canada (except in the Province of Quebec). Required minimum bid is 50,000 HHonors points. Bids must be placed in 10,000 point increments. The highest bidder will be selected. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & MilesTM, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. Auction subject to full terms and conditions available at www.hilton.com.

John Forrest Ales, Hilton Hotels
+ 1 703 883 5212

Lucy Zepp, Murphy O'Brien Public Relations
+ 1 310 453 2539

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