Hilton Worldwide Wins People’s Choice Stevie Award For Favorite Customer Service

Customer Satisfaction Increased Across Hilton Worldwide Hotel Brands

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February 24, 2010

MCLEAN, Va. -  Hilton Worldwide announced today that it won the People's Choice Stevie® Award for Sales & Customer Service - Favorite Customer Service in Leisure and Tourism. The Stevie Awards is an international competition recognizing excellence in disciplines crucial to business success and for the first time the general public was asked to vote for their favorite providers of customer service. Hilton Worldwide received its People's Choice Stevie Award at the fourth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service gala on Monday, February 22 in Miami Beach, Florida.

"Delivering a superior customer experience is our highest priority and we thank our guests for their continued loyalty," said Paul Brown, President, Global Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide. "The award validates the company's industry leading quality assurance program, detailed guest satisfaction tracking and the empowerment of global team members to deliver exceptional customer service."

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service honor the accomplishments of sales, customer service, and call/contact center professionals worldwide. Hilton Worldwide was favored in the leisure and tourism category with more than 87,000 consumers voting in this year's Stevie Awards.

Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of more than 3,500 hotels across 10 brands in 81 countries are industry leaders in guest satisfaction. Hilton Worldwide has consistently enjoyed increased customer satisfaction ratings across its portfolio of hotel brands.

In addition to this week's Stevie awards, the company's leadership position in customer satisfaction and service delivery is evident from the numerous accolades the company has received over the last year. Hilton Worldwide had multiple brand winners in "J.D. Power's 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study." The Hilton brand also received the Reader's Choice for "Best in Business Travel" and "Best Hotel WebSite" by Business Traveler magazine as well as "Best Hotel for Meetings" and "Best Hotel for Business Services" by Executive Travel Leading Edge Awards in 2009.

The Stevie accolade can be attributed in part to several customer service initiatives including Hilton Worldwide's decision to co-locate its guest assistance center with its global call center in Dallas to streamline the customer experience and reduce the number of transferred calls. The company also launched the "Voice of the Customer" survey to continuously track satisfaction of inquiries to call centers, also leading to increased satisfaction. Hilton Worldwide's customer service division has enabled representatives the opportunity to work from home, which has been a proven factor to achieving even higher customer satisfaction ratings on post call surveys.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Sponsors of the 4th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include official publications Sales & Marketing Management (SMM) and Training magazines, as well as the Sales Association, SalesLabs, and ValueSelling Associates.

Contact:
Scott Carman, Hilton Worldwide
+ 1 703 883 5803
scott.carman@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.