Hilton Worldwide expanded its footprint to 100 countries and territories around the world by raising the Hilton flag at the Hilton N’Djamena in Chad.
In 2015, the company’s strategic focus on organic growth was led by 12 brands. During last year, Hilton signed a record 100,000+ rooms for development, adding to a pipeline of 275,000 rooms globally, half of which are under construction, representing nearly 20 percent of all rooms under construction globally. More than 50,000 gross rooms were added to the company's portfolio, and more than 43,000 net rooms, representing 6.6-percent growth in the managed and franchised segment. In addition, 14,500 rooms were converted from competing brands and independent hotels, representing nearly 30 percent of all openings in 2015.
During 2015, Hilton Worldwide also created an estimated 20,000 new hotel jobs as a result of managed and franchised properties opening in its portfolio.
Since 2007, Hilton Worldwide has expanded by more than 50 percent and launched three new brands which collectively have nearly 60,000 rooms either open or in various stages of development. Hilton Worldwide will also unveil a new midscale brand later this month.
“Entering our 100th country is a testament to the strength of our brands, which continue to position Hilton Worldwide as the fastest-growing global hospitality company with a record pipeline of rooms,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. “We strive to be the first choice for our owners by driving the best returns, for our guests by providing a compelling brand for any travel need, and for our Team Members by creating a great place to work.”