Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek And Waldorf Astoria® Orlando Open With “Day of Firsts”

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October 01, 2009

MCLEAN, Va. and ORLANDO, Fla. -  Today, Hilton Worldwide opened the Waldorf Astoria® Orlando and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek . The date of October 1 holds historical significance by marking the debut of the original Waldorf Astoria in New York, 78 years to the day. Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Golf Course Architect Rees Jones were among the dignitaries leading ribbon cutting events. Known as Bonnet Creek, the 482-acre vacation destination is conveniently surrounded by Walt Disney World® on three sides, yet secluded by a private nature preserve.

"We are delighted to introduce the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek into our global portfolio," said Paul Brown, president of global brands & commercial service, Hilton Worldwide. "Orlando has a rich history with our company; we thank the entire Central Florida community for its hospitality and look forward to continuing to contribute to this dynamic destination."

Themed "A Day of Firsts," the ceremony celebrated the opening of the first Waldorf Astoria built outside of New York City. Florida native Sergeant Joshua Stephen Cope, who earned the Army Commendation Medal and two Purple Heart medals for his military service in Iraq, was named the first guest of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The inspirational Lalita Booth, recipient of the H. Truman Scholarship and current Harvard graduate student, was welcomed as the first guest at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

The "first ladies of Orlando," a group of Central Florida women, were recognized and honored by Managing Director Peter Kacheris. The first female mayor of Orlando Glenda Hood, the city's first African American female Police Chief Val Demings and the first female Dean of the University of Central Florida Medical School Deborah German were among the pioneers honored.

"It is an honor for the 600 employees, including myself, to welcome our first guests today and continue the vision of Conrad Hilton by filling the earth with the warm and light of hospitality," said Bonnet Creek Managing Director Peter Kacheris.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek transcends the hotel experience with 1,000 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites, six distinct dining options including La Luce® by Napa Valley Chef Donna Scala, a two-acre, lagoon-style pool with lazy river and 122,000 square feet of meeting space. Its outdoor venues include Bonnet Creek Island, a private retreat ideal for drinks or storybook weddings.

The centerpiece of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is the 18-hole, 7,113-yard championship course designed by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones. One of the few golf courses in the Orlando area to be free of real estate dotting its greens, the first course under the Waldorf brand is open to all players - those staying at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando or Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and those who want to experience a piece of history.

Guests of both properties can also take advantage of exclusive theme park transportation, the first WA Kids children's program, 24,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain® and 4,000-square foot fitness center.

For more information on the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, please call (407) 597-3600 or visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com.

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 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 3,300 hotels in 77 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.

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Lisa Cole, Hilton Worldwide
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John Forrest Ales, Hilton Hotels
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