Hilton Opens First Worldwide Resort In Turkey

Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa opens its doors

June 19, 2009

LONDON & BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -  Hilton Hotels Corporation has today announced its first Hilton Worldwide Resort brand in Turkey, with the arrival of Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa. Operated under a franchise licence agreement with Gocay Tourism, Management, Investment, Transportation & Trade Inc, the resort becomes the company's ninth property in the country.

Welcoming the announcement, Simon Vincent, President of Hilton Hotels - Europe said: "Over the past 50 years we have built a significant Hilton presence in Turkey so we are delighted to be adding our first dedicated resort property to our portfolio. With high quality, upscale accommodation in short supply in this market, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa aspires to become one of the area's leading properties, boasting superb golf and leisure facilities, not to mention state-of-the-art rooms and meetings space."

Vincent added: "Recognised as one of Turkey's most popular holiday spots, Dalaman is a beautiful resort destination offering the perfect mix of stunning scenery, warm climate and a rich variety of leisure activities and culture."

Located on Sarigerme beach next to the mouth of the Dalaman River, the new Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa offers a total of 410 well-appointed guest rooms, including 52 spacious suites. Combining contemporary design and some of the latest in-room technologies demanded by today's traveller, all guest rooms offer private balconies with sweeping views of the Aegian Sea or Sarigerme mountain range.

Complete with its own private kilometre long beach, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa is made up of a series of interconnecting buildings, pools and landscaped gardens. The resort offers a range of leisure facilities, including an integrated 6000m² health club and spa with state-of-the-art gym and treatment rooms, seven outdoor and three indoor swimming pools and two tennis courts. For families there is also a dedicated children's swimming area and on-site Aqua Park with water slides and relaxation pool. Scheduled to open in 2010, the resort's 18-hole golf course and nine-hole golf academy facility will position the property to be Dalaman's premier golf retreat. Other activities available to guests include water sports, scuba diving and snorkelling, beach volleyball, tennis, horse riding and bowling.

In addition to its leisure facilities, Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa will cater to business travellers by offering year-round, flexible meeting and conference space when its meeting facilities scheduled to open at the beginning of 2010. With one of the region's largest holistic themed spas, along with world-class leisure and golf facilities, the resort will be the perfect choice for the meetings and incentive market.

"The Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa is the quintessential Hilton Worldwide Resort property - set in a beautiful location with a diverse array of offerings for travellers looking to get away or for those looking to inspire ideas and team members," said Dave Horton, Global Head - Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Stretching along over five kilometres of Turkey's southwestern coast, Dalaman's Sarigerme Beach is renowned for its spectacular scenery and views across the Aegean Sea. Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa is conveniently located only ten kilometres from Dalaman International Airport making it easily accessible for international and domestic travellers alike. The resort is a short walk from Sarigerme town centre.

Hilton has a long and established history in Turkey, opening its first hotel, Hilton Istanbul, in 1955. Together with Hilton Dalaman Golf Resort & Spa, the company also operates eight more properties - seven Hilton hotels and one Conrad - across six locations (Adana, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Mersin). The company plans to introduce its mid-market Hilton Garden Inn brand later this year with the opening of its first property in Kutahya.

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Notes to Editors

About Hilton Worldwide Resorts:

Hilton Worldwide Resorts is an upscale, resort network with a collection of 54 resorts located in exotic places, making up the world's largest global choice. Hilton Hotels operates 20 resorts in the US and 34 Resorts Internationally.  The network spans 22 countries and 7 regions, including the Americas, Arabian Peninsula, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Egypt, Europe and the Indian Ocean.  Resorts soon to open are planned in the USA, Argentina, Thailand, China and the Cook Islands.

                -          31 resorts are home to world-class spas

                -          48 resorts are ideal for romantic holidays

                -          26 resorts specialise in diving

                -          22 resorts feature championship golf courses

                -          48 resorts cater specifically for families

                -          7 resorts offer all-inclusive holidays

                -          2 resorts specialise in skiing

                -          35 resorts offer dream weddings

For more information, bookings, virtual tours or to order a brochure:

Visit www.hilton.com/worldwideresorts, telephone HRCC toll free: 00 800 44 45 86 68, in the US call Hilton Resorts toll free at 1-800-HILTONS or speak to your local travel agent.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 74 countries and territories, including 135,000 team members worldwide.  The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection. 

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality."  The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company:  be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all nine brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

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About Gocay Group

Established in 1979 the Gocay Group has over 30 years experience in developing a wide range of construction projects in Turkey and other countries, ranging from hotels, housing & office developments to airports, motorways and water treatment plants. The group launched their hospitality division in 1992 and is now responsible for developing and operating over 2500 hotel beds across Turkey.


About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With 575 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values to 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 mobile 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.