Hilton Shanghai Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

This information originated in American English.

May 16, 2013

SHANGHAI - Hilton Shanghai, the first international hotel brand to enter mainland China, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year having officially opened its doors to its first guests on June 28, 1988. To commemorate the event, the hotel will launch several activities highlighting and celebrating Hilton Shanghai's importance as a pioneer in Shanghai and China's hospitality industry.

Built on 70,000 square meters of land in Shanghai's central business district, the 714-room Hilton Shanghai forever changed the landscape of the hospitality scene in Shanghai and China. As the first International hotel chain launched in the People's Republic of China, it set a precedent for premier hospitality services and standards, and continues to lead the industry 25 years later. The anniversary also honors the moment when then Shanghai Mayor Zhu Rongji graced the grand opening ceremony and officially inaugurated Hilton Shanghai.

Hilton Shanghai General Manager, Gerd Knaust, said, "Celebrating 25 years of service marks a key milestone in the history of the People's Republic of China's hotel industry. As an iconic landmark amongst the leading hotels in the world, Hilton Shanghai stands as a significant landmark in Shanghai's colorful history and has shaped the hospitality industry as people know it. This is an exciting year and momentous occasion for Hilton Shanghai as it celebrates a historic past and looks forward to the future, continuing to lead the way for the hospitality industry just as the hotel did when it opened on June 28, 1988."

Since its opening, Hilton Shanghai has played host to numerous high-profile and celebritystudded events, such as the APEC Meeting, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China Beijing Olympics, and co-sponsorship of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix and Shanghai Rolex Masters, two of the most popular sporting events annually held in Shanghai. Hilton Shanghai has also embarked on significant social projects, such as the China Wine Challenge, Moon Cake Sustainability Program to promote environmental issues and 18 years of hosting the Charity Christmas Project, aimed at assisting charitable foundations and engaging the local population, foreign expatriates and travelers in helping the less fortunate members of the local community.

Hilton Shanghai has continued to spread the light and warmth of hospitality eversince its opening. Everyone from kings to presidents, Hollywood celebrities to F1 and tennis superstars have passed through its doors. The hotel will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of activities as well as the launch of a commemorative anniversary exhibition and magazine available in June, which will chronicle the hotel's fascinating history. The 25th anniversary commemorative magazine paints an in-depth picture of the hotel's illustrious history, from 1988 to the present day, including testaments, tales and dated images. The magazine, to be distributed within the hotel, is dedicated to showcasing Hilton Shanghai yesterday, today and in the future.

In addition to the magazine, in-house guests will receive a special celebratory cupcake on Friday, June 28, expertly baked by Pastry Chef Alain Wu, a 25-year employee and witness to the momentous growth of Hilton Shanghai. A photo exhibition named "Hilton Shanghai's Growth" will be held at the hotel lobby.

Meanwhile, Hilton Worldwide is launching a series of campaigns and promotional activities to showcase its leadership in the industry and underline the company's unwavering commitment to continuously enhancing its customer experience in China, including launching a new tour package - ‘FLAVORS OF CHINA' - to allow tourists to effortlessly enjoy the many wonders of the country. Several 25th anniversary promotions and events will be held exclusively for guests.

Strategically located in the heart of the city's business area, Hilton Shanghai has become a home away from home for business clients and leisure travelers from around the world. The hotel features stunning city views, modern and comfortable guest rooms and suites, impeccable service, trendy events, and extraordinary dining options from award-winning restaurants Leonardo's and Sichuan Court. The hotel has also completed 80 percent of its renovation project giving a fresh look for guest rooms and meeting venues. All Deluxe Rooms from the 13th to the 25th floors sport new contemporary design elements and up-todate facilities in time for the silver anniversary festivities.

For more information on the 25th Anniversary at Hilton Shanghai, please visit www.hilton.com for more celebrating packages.

For bookings, please call +86 21 6171 0099 or email yu.ding@hilton.com.

Hilton Shanghai
Set in the heart of Shanghai's business and entertainment centre, Hilton Shanghai is within walking distance of major corporations and the main shopping districts. Business is a pleasure here with 18 meeting rooms, including the new uniquely designed Grand Ballroom. The hotel boasts an Executive Lounge and 24-hour business center. All rooms offer wireless internet access. The 3,000 square meter spa is an oasis for exercising and relaxing, with a gym, pool, tennis and squash courts and eight treatment rooms. Hilton Shanghai is also now in its seventh consecutive year as the city's exclusive hotel sponsor to the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament.

About Hilton Worldwide's 25th Anniversary in China
Hilton Worldwide is celebrating its 25th anniversary in China, marking a new milestone in Hilton Worldwide's legacy of providing Chinese guests with excellent hospitality services. In 1988, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first international hotel brands to enter China and has since grown with China's consumers by constantly innovating to win their hearts at home and abroad. Since its entry into China, Hilton Worldwide has been registering strong growth in the Chinese market by expanding its presence from over 30 operating hotels today to more than 150 properties over the next few years. Hilton Worldwide is also accelerating its expansion in the market with more than 115 projects in the pipeline under the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Over the past 25 years, Hilton Worldwide has launched meaningful initiatives tailored for Chinese tastes, including the Huanying program and Hilton HHonors program, and in 2011 Hilton Worldwide became the first multinational hotel company to sponsor the Chinese Olympic Committee. Hilton Worldwide is launching a series of campaigns and promotional activities to commemorate the event.

Contact

Yvonne Yan
Hilton Shanghai
+ 86 (21) 6171-0076
Yvonne.Yan@hilton.com

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