New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Japan

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, a brand from the US-based hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide, has opened its first branded hotel in Japan.

The new DoubleTree by Hilton Naha, in Okinawa, Japan, is the tenth Hilton Worldwide hotel in Japan. The 227-room hotel is minutes away from Naha Airport by monorail, and 500 metres from the local ferry terminal.

Rob Palleschi, the company global head, said, ‘DoubleTree by Hilton is delighted to continue the expansion of our Asia Pacific presence by introducing another rewarding hotel experience with the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha. This new addition is our first in Japan and an extraordinary milestone for our brand’s global growth. It continues our growth strategy to provide outstanding hotel offerings in gateway countries and cities around the world.’

The 12-story DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha provides a 40 square-metre conference room, a salon, a laundry, The Riverside Restaurant and Cafe, and car parking services. The hotel is offering an introductory 15 percent discount on lunch buffets at The Riverside Restaurant and Cafe from May 24 to June 30, 2012.

Martin Rinck, the company president of the Asia Pacific region for Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘We are thrilled at the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha. With close to 50 years of proud history in Japan, this latest opening is our tenth and further reinforces Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to growth in this wonderful country with our diverse and outstanding portfolio of hospitality brands that includes DoubleTree by Hilton. The DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha will contribute to making Okinawa a great place to visit for business and pleasure.’


Doubletree by Hilton Announces New Properties in Doha

Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company and a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, has announced two new hotels to be built in Doha, Qatar, under its Doubletree by Hilton Brand.

The two new hotels will be known as the Doubletree by Hilton Doha Al Sadd, and the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doha, and both are expected to open in 2014. They are in addition to a further three Hilton Worldwide properties due to debut in Qatar within the next three years.

The smaller of the two is the Doha Al Sadd, which will be situated in Doha’s main business and commercial district and have 145 rooms. It will also benefit from a health club, an outdoor pool, two restaurants, a bar, two boardrooms, four meeting rooms and a business centre.

The larger, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doha, will be located in Doha’s West Bay district. It will have 240 rooms, offering one, two or three bedroom accommodation in a fifty-two-floor complex. The hotel intends to cater for longer-term guests, providing them with a function room, four meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a business centre, a health club and spa, an outdoor pool, two restaurants and two bars.

The hotels will reportedly be managed by Al Ryyan Tourism Investment company, a part of Faisal Holding Company, with whom Hilton Worldwide has signed a management contract.

Hilton Worldwide’s investment in Qatar comes at a time when the country is seeing a dramatic increase in visitor numbers. These are mostly from the business sector at present, with numbers expected to grow still further as Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.


Hilton Worldwide To Help Educate Young People in Southeast Asia

Hotel conglomerate Hilton Worldwide is partnering with Room to Read, a charitable organisation working to develop literacy and gender equality in education.

The company has offered its support to Room to Read’s literacy programme, which aims to reach around 2,000 young people in its first phase.

Erin Ganju, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Room to Read, said, ‘Room to Read is thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide to ensure that young people in South and Southeast Asia have equal access to education. It is a pleasure to work with a global company that is committed to investing in the enrichment of the local communities where it does business.’

Hilton will be a hospitality partner for Room to Read in India, and will be assisting in connecting its team members, guests and business partners to support Room to Read’s annual spring fundraising campaign. The campaign is promoting education for girls, and Hilton will offer a matching donation of up to $150,000 for the campaign.

Jennifer Silberman, the company vice president of corporate responsibility, said, ‘This partnership offers young people the fundamental literacy and life skills to succeed in school and beyond. As a leading global hospitality company and employer with more than 3,800 hotels around the world, preparing young people for the future is vital to our success as a company. Room to Read has been recognised by international development experts for its innovative approach to providing quality education, and through its work, millions have the potential to be lifted out of poverty.’