MCLEAN, Va. - During a year filled with uncertainty, Hilton Garden Inn continued to demonstrate growth in 2020 by opening 43 new hotels with nearly 6,500 rooms as the brand reached nearly 900 properties worldwide. Entering new and emerging markets such as Camden, N.J.; Flint, Mich.; and the Faroe Islands, these Hilton Garden Inn openings brought opportunities to revitalize communities and pioneer new travel markets during one of the most challenging years in history.
Hilton, the world’s first global hospitality company, was founded on a noble premise that travel can make the world a better place. And today, as its portfolio of 18 brands and 1 million rooms continues to grow, the company aims to spread what founder Conrad Hilton called “the light and warmth of hospitality” with every hotel opening.
Three recent Hilton Garden Inn openings provide great examples of the positive impact that a Hilton property can bring to a community.
Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront – Camden, N.J.
Opened December 2020, Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is the first hotel to open in Camden in more than 50 years, and is one of the leading catalysts of the city’s economic development. The newly built hotel meets the growing demand in the Camden market as the South Jersey city continues to grow as a hub of business and tourism activity, servicing the demand of Camden’s existing 6 million square feet of commercial office and manufacturing space. Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront enjoys views of the scenic Philadelphia skyline, Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge.
Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown – Flint, Mich.
Opened November 2020, Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown invigorates Flint’s skyline and is part of the revitalization of the area, bringing much-needed accommodations downtown. The hotel has increased spending and tourism to the area and brings 60 locally hired jobs to the city of Flint. The more than 148,000-square-foot property resides in a historic 100-year-old building, vacant for decades until this restoration; the former 1920s-era bank features Italian Renaissance Revival architectural style with Art Deco elements. The property features a coffee shop, a seasonal rooftop and a full-service restaurant called Sauce Italian American Kitchen, which incorporates Michigan-made ingredients in its fare.
Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands – Faroe Islands
Opened in October 2020, Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands is the first international hotel on the archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The property was built with sustainability at its core, helping to grow the island’s own sustainable, responsible tourism industry. In line with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 goal to double sourcing from local and sustainable businesses, the hotel plays a crucial role in supporting the Faroe Islands’ industry–the majority of the hotel’s meat, fish and vegetables are sourced from local suppliers, which also helps to reduce reliance on imported goods. The hotel incorporates features such as ultra-efficient heating and ventilation, and renewable energy systems and efficiency-focused technologies to reduce energy and water consumption.
“During a time when we are all looking for the silver linings, I’m proud that Hilton Garden Inn has continued to expand its impact despite the headwinds the hospitality industry faced in 2020,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “We strive for each hotel we open to have a positive effect on its community, and as the travel industry recovers, we look forward to welcoming more new properties in 2021 to meet the unique needs of travelers in markets around the world.”
Hilton Effect Foundation Grants
As Hilton moves into its next century, it is building on its momentum and strengthening its collective impact through the Hilton Effect Foundation. To further emphasize Hilton Garden Inn’s commitment to jump-start impact in local communities, the Hilton Effect Foundation will be issuing grants to three local nonprofit organizations: Cathedral Kitchen (Camden, N.J.), the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (Flint, Mich.) and Tórsbyrgi (Faroe Islands). Each nonprofit’s mission ladders up to Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, through which Hilton is committed to doubling its investment in social impact and cutting its environmental footprint in half by 2030.
“Each of these Hilton Garden Inn hotels will make the communities they serve stronger than before they opened by creating opportunities for employment, attracting more guests to these areas, and investing time and energy to directly support those around them. These actions ultimately align with the Foundation’s goal of creating a better world to travel,” said Kate Mikesell, vice president, corporate responsibility, Hilton and president, Hilton Effect Foundation. “The Foundation worked with each of these local hotel teams to identify initial investments we can make to jump-start Hilton Garden Inn’s impact in these communities–creating job skills training opportunities through Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, addressing food insecurity and waste with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, and increasing locally produced and sourced food with Tórsbyrgi in the Faroe Islands.”
As Hilton Garden Inn responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. To emphasize the brand’s commitment to the health and safety of guests, these properties are participating in Hilton CleanStay to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection. Hilton’s elevated processes and team member training have been developed with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, to help Hilton Garden Inn guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.
Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 18 distinct hotel brands. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, please visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi.
About Hilton Foundation
The Hilton Effect Foundation is Hilton’s primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation is a nonprofit established in the U.S. and is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Foundation awards grants, in alignment with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, that have a positive impact on travel destinations around the world. Foundation grants are awarded throughout the year in accordance with tax and legal requirements. Visit HiltonEffect.org for more information.
Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising more than 7,500 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 180 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and modern amenities for an experience that is simply on another level. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. With more than 1,000 hotels in 62 countries and territories around the world, the brand ensures today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Garden Inn by booking at hgi.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Garden Inn at stories.hilton.com/hgi, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.