MCLEAN, Va—Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management at Hilton Worldwide and Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands at Hilton Worldwide welcomed nearly 150 hospitality industry leaders and New York City VIPs for the grand opening of Hampton Hotels’ 1,900th property, the Hampton Inn Manhattan/United Nations, last week.
Throughout the event, dubbed ‘Hamptonality United,’ attendees were treated to a live jazz band, globally inspired menu, ‘The Perfect Mix’ signature drink, an ‘Around-the-World’ dessert bar and tours of the new hotel. The program also offered a sneak peek at plans for Hampton’s ongoing development, which include a global pipeline of more than 60 new properties slated to open by 2014.
During his remarks, Cordell commented on Hampton’s growing presence, saying “throughout our evolution, Hampton Hotels has remained focused on finding innovative ways to support our existing owners while attracting new groups to grow our portfolio. As we reach 1,900, we are thrilled about where we have been, but even more excited about the future of the brand.”
The ‘Hamptonality United’ event celebrated not only Hampton’s worldwide development, but specifically, its growth within the New York metropolitan area. In addition to the new-build Hampton Inn Manhattan/United Nations – the eighth Hampton property in Manhattan – three other Hampton properties are currently under construction in the New York City area. Those include the 81-room Hampton Inn Manhattan/Downtown-Financial District, the 300-room Hampton Inn Manhattan/Times Square Central and the 254-room Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown, all of which are expected to open by the end of 2014.