Hilton has signed 120 new hotels in the Asia-Pacific region in the first half of 2019, which has brought its total estate to 845 hotels open and under development across the region.

The latest wave of growth has come from across Hilton’s portfolio of eight trading brands in Asia Pacific and in major markets including China, India, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asia.

Alan Watts, area president, Asia Pacific at Hilton, said: “The continued rise in travel across the region from the growing middle class, coupled with ongoing investment in infrastructure, makes the hotel industry a very attractive investment.”

Luxury and lifestyle brands

So far this year, several luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts have opened across the region, including Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Conrad Hangzhou (see main picture) and Canopy by Hilton Chengdu City Centre.

Hilton also signed deals for new Conrad property in Urumqi, China and three new Canopy by Hilton properties in Bangkok, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.

Full service brands

Hilton’s flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, will open in several new locations with seven deals signed so far this year. These properties include two newly signed properties in Melbourne with the 641-room Hilton Melbourne Square and the 244-room Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, one in Hokkaido with Hilton Sapporo Park, and others in four Chinese cities; namely Xi’an, Nanchang, Chengdu and Shenzhen.

10 new DoubleTree by Hilton deals were completed with properties in Pune and Amravati in India, Damai Laut in Malaysia, Seoul and several cities across China, including two in Yancheng (in Jiangsu province). The hotels in Napier and Jakarta will debut the Five Feet to Fitness in-room wellness concept.

Curio Collection by Hilton will also open its newest resort in the Maldives, with SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, set to open in September.

Focused service brands

Seven new Hilton Garden Inn deals were also signed, including Albany in Western Australia, Bangkok and several cities in China including Shenzhen and Renhuai (in Guizhou province). At the same time, the 100th Hampton by Hilton hotel in China will open later this year.

In addition to the new deals, other hotel openings for the remainder of 2019 include:

  • Conrad Shenyang – opening September
  • Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou Jinsha Lake – opening October
  • Hilton Goa Resort – opening December
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Napier Hotel and Suites – opening November
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit – opening September
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort – opening September
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jaipur, Amer Fort – opening November

Matt Fry, senior vice president development, APAC, said: “The appetite for our brands in Asia Pacific remains very strong and we’re delighted to be strengthening our presence in several key locations, as well as pioneering first market entries in new destinations.”