Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Commends U.S. Senate for Vote on PNTR to Russia

  Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Commends U.S. Senate for Vote on PNTR to

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MCLEAN, Va. -- December 07, 2012

Hilton Worldwide issued the following statement today from President & CEO
Christopher J. Nassetta:

“Hilton Worldwide commends the U.S. Senate for voting to extend Permanent
Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia, which is very much in the interest of
the United States and American companies conducting business there. PNTR will
enhance transparency and rule of law in Russia and allow international service
providers like Hilton Worldwide to compete on a fair playing field.”

Russia has become Hilton Worldwide’s fastest growing market in Europe, after
opening its first hotel in Russia only four years ago. The total number of the
company’s hotels operating or under development in Russia has already reached

Hilton Worldwide is committed to playing an active role in supporting Russian
tourism over the long term. This year the company conducted an in-depth,
independent study titled, “Balancing Russia's Tourism Deficit: A Report on the
Future of the Industry,” which highlights the potential that exists for the
growth of Russia’s tourism industry, and the global opportunities this

The report predicts that incoming tourist expenditure in Russia could double
to US$15.3bn by 2016 and forecasts the country’s outbound tourism industry
will become one of the fastest growing in Europe, showing an annual average
growth rate of 7.4% from 2011 to 2016, and a doubling of outbound tourist
expenditure to US$67.1bn. Here is a full copy of the report:

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging
sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites
and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered 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. Its brands are comprised of more
than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 90 countries
and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels &
Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels,
Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by
Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class
guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more
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