Hilton’s President and CEO, Christopher J Nassetta, says the global hotel industry is in a strong position at present, thanks to worldwide occupancy levels at all-time highs and growth remaining consistently strong.

Speaking exclusively on video to HM in Singapore this week, Nassetta said that performance was being fuelled by both the business and leisure segments.

“We are seeing levels of performance that the [hotel] industry has never seen before,” he told HM.

In the video interview, he also spoke about why the company isn’t participating in what he calls the “global merger mania” thanks to Hilton’s 300,000-plus rooms in the development pipeline and the strategy behind the brands as part of that.

Nassetta also revealed to HM the demand for Hilton’s brands, his thoughts on Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood, why the mid-market segment is booming, how the company is taking on OTAs, offering the latest technology in properties, the power of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program and much more.

To view the not-to-be missed interview, click on the video image at the top of the page.

Christopher Nassetta Hilton

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James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management