After Brexit, Hilton plans further growth in Scotland

(Hilton expands in Scotland)

As Hilton prepares to introduce a new hotel under its Hampton by Hilton brand in Scotland, the company is reportedly planning to expand its presence yet further in the country. 

The global hotel company is scheduled to open a Hampton by Hilton in Dundee’s West Marketgait later this year. Hilton is the latest major branded operator interested in the city in the wake of Dundee's £1 billion Waterfront development.

The new Dundee hotel will be the second Hampton opening in Scotland this year, following the opening of a sister on Glasgow’s West Campbell Street in May.

Senior executive Mark Nogal said Hilton is working on further deals to open more hotels in Scotland, although he could not say where they would be. Even better, the company announced that its investment plans have not been affected by the Brexit vote in June’s EU referendum. 

Nogal did say that the hotel sector in Aberdeen has "faced challenges" as a consequence of the downturn in the oil and gas industry, but lower room rates may also encourage travelers to visit destinations throughout the country that they have not seen before. 

Hilton already runs a Doubletree in Dundee, and won the contract to brand and manage its latest hotel on behalf of an unnamed consortium of local investors, who are developing the Dundee Hampton in the former Argyll House and Waverley House buildings. Last week, Hilton opened the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton.

Nogal said the company is looking to replicate the success it has had with the Hampton brand in Liverpool, where it operates a property next to the regenerated Albert Dock in the heart of the city’s waterside.