Hilton Chairman and CEO Chris Nassetta said the company is “well positioned to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever” as the desire to travel continues to bolster confidence in the industry.
The popular CEO said the company had a strong 2021, opening 414 properties and adding more than 67,100 rooms to its system across the globe in key locations ranging from Melbourne to New York.
“After a year of recovery and growth, it has been incredible to see the resilience of the travel industry and our team’s ability to embrace change while serving more guests at more hotels around the world” , Nassetta said.
“We believe that the desire to travel, experience new cultures and connect with others is at the heart of the human experience.
“I can speak for all of us at Hilton when I say we look forward to welcoming our guests and helping them create new memories in 2022,” he said.
Nassetta revealed that Hilton ended 2021 with more than 6,800 hotels across 18 brands on six continents, with strong net unit growth of 5.6%.
The company’s development pipeline includes nearly 2,670 hotels representing approximately 408,000 rooms, nearly half of which are under construction.
Nassetta’s comments were released at the 2022 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles this week (January 24), an event that sparked strong optimism from world leaders.
Key milestones for Hilton in 2021 included the launch of Hilton Nagasaki, the company’s 500th hotel in Asia Pacific, and Hilton Lanzhou City Center, the company’s 400th hotel in the Greater China and Mongolia region. .
“Hilton’s development continues to be a key performance indicator of our strong long-term position,” said Hilton’s Chief Financial Officer and President of Global Development Kevin Jacobs.
“Hotel owners choose to work with us because of our high-end business performance. Through our small capitalization business model, we strive to maximize net unit growth, while continuing to create value for all of our stakeholders. »
Last year also saw a significant expansion of the all-inclusive segment for the company, with key openings in the Caribbean and Latin America including Hilton Cancun All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao All – All-Inclusive Resort, Curio by Hilton Collection and Yucatan Playa del Carmen All-Inclusive Resort, Tapestry by Hilton Collection.