Hilton Worldwide Appoints Manuel Avila As General Manager Of The New Hilton Baku Property

This information originated in UK English.

March 16, 2011

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Hilton Worldwide today announced that Manuel Avila has been appointed as the General Manager for the newly built Hilton Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In his role, Manuel will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hotel in addition to overseeing the final stages of development before the hotel’s scheduled opening in September 2011. He brings with him a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for Hilton Worldwide for more 25 years in a career that has seen him manage a number of Hilton properties in Spain and Cyprus.

Manuel said “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to manage this new landmark Hotel for Hilton Worldwide. As the first Hilton property in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region the Hotel will build upon the groups existing reputation, bringing a new standard of international service to the expanding Azeri hospitality market. This property also opens up a number of exciting recruitment and employment avenues in the region for those wishing to build a career in the sector. Hilton prides itself on its best in class training and development programmes and I relish the chance to build a talented new team to run this magnificent new hotel.”

Didier Martin, vice president, Operations, Eastern Europe & Turkey, added: “We are delighted to have Manuel onboard in Azerbaijan. His extensive experience within the group speaks for itself and we have full confidence that under his leadership Hilton Baku will prove to be a wonderful and unique addition to Hilton Worldwide’s growing portfolio in the region."

As a new property the Hilton Baku will have a number of distinguishing features. As well as providing unrivalled business facilities the property will have a revolving bar and restaurant on the 24th and 25th floors.

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