Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hilton-Dlf to form joint venture in hotel business

Hilton Hotels Corporation will create a joint venture company (JV) in India with DLF Limited (DLF). The joint venture company plans to develop and own 75 hotels and serviced apartments over the next seven years. The formation of the joint venture is pending receipt of formal written approval from the Government.

The JV-owned hotels will represent several brands from the Hilton Hotels Corporation portfolio, including Hilton Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hilton Residences. The JV Company will develop and build these properties, while Hilton will manage them.

DLF will hold 74% in the JV Company, and Hilton will hold the remaining minority stake as a symbol of its commitment to the venture. Over the next five to seven years, Hilton will invest up to USD 143 million in the JV Company, before any consideration of debt.

The initial stage of the joint venture will involve 20 hotels in a number of key locations, including Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata. A large number of these hotels are expected to be Hilton Garden Inn properties -- a business hotel brand, offering focused services. Beyond the initial 20 sites, the JV Company will continue to identify and acquire sites and undertake new hotel developments in due course of time.

Source: INR News

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