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Hampton Hotels Maintains Top Spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 List

First hotel brand to hold the top spot, Hampton fosters loyalty, passion among owners

January 09, 2012  |  This information originated in American English.
 

MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels (www.hampton.com), part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, today announced that it is number one in Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Franchise 500® for the second year in a row. Hampton is the first hotel brand ever to achieve this prestigious top ranking in Entrepreneur, known as the world's "first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking."

"This is an unprecedented achievement for any hotel brand and I couldn't be more proud of our franchise partners," said Phil Cordell, global head, Focused Service Brands and Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide. "The fact that we've held the number one ranking for two years in a row is an endorsement of the commitment and trust our franchisees have in the Hampton brand. When you factor in our unique business model, passionate corporate leadership and engaged hotel team members who deliver great guest service every day, it's easy to see why we are an award-winning brand."

Paul Brown, president, Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide, said "receiving recognition from a credited and impartial source such as Entrepreneur is a coveted endorsement for any brand. Hampton hotels and its visionary franchise partners will continue to play a key role in Hilton Worldwide's mission to be the preeminent global hospitality company - the first choice of guests, team members, and owners alike."

"Franchises are a great avenue to business ownership for those with the entrepreneurial spirit-and they're playing a definitive role in driving the economy upward," says Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur. "Unit numbers from the Franchise 500® grew overall in 2010 and 2011, giving individuals a great place to begin investigating some of the brightest opportunities like Hampton."

How does a brand like Hampton hotel stay number one? "We are unwavering in our commitment to support our franchisees, and we provide ample opportunities for interaction along with helpful tools and resources," said Gina Valenti, vice president, Owner Services and Hampton Brand Culture & Internal Communications. "Our ultimate goal is to develop relationships with our franchisees and management partners that foster loyalty and a passion for the brand. I am proud that our owners are so highly engaged and committed to the global success of the brand, and I think this Entrepreneur ranking is a testament to that fact."

Bo Aughtry, of Windsor, Aughtry Company and owner of several Hampton hotels and a member of the brand's Franchise Advisory Council, is an example of the visionary guidance Hampton enjoys. "I value my relationships with Hampton and Hilton Worldwide leaders," he said. "They demonstrate a consistent focus on keeping the brand change-ready and future-focused, providing support and working to foster the strength and growth of the brand. It's a great franchise to be a part of and well-deserving of its many awards."

The Hampton brand continues to grow with the brand opening its first hotel in India this December 2011. Hotel openings in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in 2012 and beyond can also be attributed to the strong Hilton Worldwide global development teams who partner with the brand, investors and management companies to set them up for business success with Hampton hotels http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/portfolio/hampton/.

Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 ranks franchises based on a variety of criteria, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. The 2012 rankings mark the 33rd anniversary of the Franchise 500.

Contact:
Charmaine Easie-Samuels
Hampton Hotels Public Relations
(901) 374-6462
Charmaine.Easie-Samuels@hilton.com

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About Hampton by Hilton As the number one ranked franchise for the past eight years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,240 properties totaling more than 225,000 rooms in 19 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and On The RunTM breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Each Hampton by Hilton hotel offers complete satisfaction with the 100% Hampton® Guarantee. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. 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. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or news.hampton.com and connect online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. 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 exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.