ISTANBUL - Hilton Worldwide today announced its first ever hotel signing in Kazakhstan, adding to a European development pipeline of more than 115 hotels.  Hilton Garden Inn Astana follows the signing of a management agreement with Astana Development Group LLP, and is expected to open in summer 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn, the company's mid-market brand, has seen significant development momentum across Europe with more than 50 hotels now trading or in development in the UK, Russia, Italy, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Spain, France, and Turkey.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "We have been actively pursuing development deals in the central Asia / CIS region and are delighted to have signed our first hotel in Kazakhstan. We have seen rapid expansion in this part of the world, notably in Turkey and Russia, where our development pipelines are the biggest they have ever been. We look forward to further expanding our portfolio of hotels across the region."

Hilton Garden Inn Astana will be located in the heart of Astana, the Kazakhstani Capital, on the banks of the river Ishim. As part of a mixed-use development, the new build hotel will offer 229 bedrooms and benefit from easy access to Astana International Airport. Leisure guests will enjoy the close proximity of the hotel to the new Opera House and the upscale 'Khan Shatyr' retail and leisure development.

The hotel will provide the Hilton Garden Inn brand's key signature offerings which include the Garden Sleep SystemTM bed and ergonomic chair - ideal for travellers looking for a good night's sleep and comfortable stay. There will also be a 24 hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout, as well as a fitness centre. Conference and events space will total approximately 507 square metres, comprising of one main function room and three additional meeting rooms.  

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said, "Our Hilton Garden Inn guest offering sets us apart from our competition and we look forward to bringing our award winning Hilton Garden Inn brand to Kazakhstan. With amenities that include the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry, complimentary internet access, printspots, the Garden Sleep System, stylish interiors and excellent service, all at an affordable rate, this is the perfect hotel for business and leisure travellers."

Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Astana will be able to earn both Point & Miles® when they join Hilton HHonors, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn both Points & Miles for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 3,800 hotels worldwide. Hilton Worldwide now features more than 225 hotels across Europe, with more than 115 hotels currently under development.  

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About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offers full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 770 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn 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 Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media 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 more than 5,300 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 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 Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 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.

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