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Homewood Suites By Hilton® Reaches Milestone with Tenth Canada Hotel Property Opening

Homewood Suites by Hilton,® the international brand of all-suite, home-like hotels, has reached an important milestone, recently opening its tenth hotel in Canada: Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto-Vaughan.

PRLog - May 6, 2011 - Memphis, TN  -- Homewood Suites by Hilton,® the international brand of all-suite, home-like hotels, has reached an important milestone, recently opening its tenth hotel in Canada: Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto-Vaughan. The opening of this Canadian hotel represents Homewood Suites’ strong commitment to travelers who “Need More Room” and want to feel at home whether traveling for business or leisure.

Since debuting in 2002 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Homewood Suites has steadily built its presence, which now exceeds 1,000 suites across 10 hotels in Canada. The balance of the brand’s Canadian portfolio is located in Ontario, including locations in Burlington, Cambridge, London, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Sudbury, Toronto and Vaughan.  This expansion will continue as the brand currently has development deals in place for four additional Canadian hotels, including Homewood Suites’ first properties in Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Overall, Homewood Suites has seen great success in the past three years, expanding the total brand footprint by approximately 25% and gaining significant market share.  With its Canada hotels, the brand has seen strong year-over-year growth in occupancy and RevPAR (revenue per available room), both indicators of increasing demand and popularity for the Homewood brand.

“The demonstrated success of Homewood Suites in Canada provides developers an attractive option for future projects, especially given the proven track record of the extended-stay segment,” said Bill Duncan, Global Head, Brand Management, Homewood Suites by Hilton. “As business and leisure travel continues to rebound, the demand for high-quality, value-driven lodging will continue, especially as travelers look for accommodations that provide them all the comforts and conveniences of home.”

Ideal for the traveler, who “Needs More Room,”  Homewood Suites has also recently launched a new integrated brand awareness campaign starring the brand’s beloved “Lewis the Duck” mascot.  Focusing on a cranky, cooped up goldfish in a fishbowl, the campaign emphasizes the brand’s roomy suites and strong value proposition, aiming to convert business traveler who would normally choose a traditional business hotel into a Homewood Suites customer for their longer trips.

Whether traveling for business, leisure, or with the entire family, Homewood Suites caters to guests’ many needs.  For the cost of a typical hotel room, travelers get a roomy studio, one- or two-bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen and complimentary daily hot breakfast and evening dinner with drinks.* Just some of the many reasons Homewood Suites was Named “Top Extended-Stay Hotel” seven out of the past 10 years in the J.D. Power & Associates North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index.

Homewood Suites’ extended value also includes complimentary high-speed internet, 24-hour fully equipped business center, as well as on-site fitness centers, swimming pool and/or recreational areas including basketball courts, putting green and outdoor grills. Homewood also offers a complimentary grocery shopping service which allows guests to leave their food wish list for the hotel’s staff in the morning and return to a fully-stocked refrigerator.**

About Homewood Suites
Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 300 hotels open with approximately 80 in the development pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, additional guest features include an on-site Suite Shop convenience store, complimentary grocery shopping services**, a complete business center, and laundry services at most locations.  Homewood Suites by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors, the only hotel rewards program that offers Points & Miles and No Blackout Dates.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws.  Must be of legal drinking age.

**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions.

Brad Carmony
Homewood Suites Brand Public Relations
Memphis, TN

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