Hilton’s President and CEO, Chris Nassetta, says the company is “well-positioned to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever” as the desire to travel continues to boost confidence in the industry.

The popular CEO said the company had a solid 2021, opening 414 properties and adding more than 67,100 rooms to its system across the world in key locations spanning Melbourne to New York.

“After a year of recovery and growth, it has been incredible to witness the resiliency of the travel industry and our team’s ability to embrace change while serving more guests in more hotels around the world,” Nassetta said.

“We believe the desire to travel, experience new cultures and connect with others is core to the human experience.

“I can speak for all of us at Hilton when I say we’re looking forward to welcoming our guests and helping them make new memories in 2022,” he said.

Nassetta revealed Hilton ended 2021 with more than 6,800 hotels across 18 brands in six continents, with robust net unit growth of 5.6%.

The company’s development pipeline includes nearly 2,670 hotels representing approximately 408,000 rooms, nearly half of which are under construction.

Nassetta’s comments were released during the 2022 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles this week (Jan 24), an event that saw solid optimism from global leaders.

Key milestones for Hilton in 2021 included the debut of Hilton Nagasaki, the company’s 500th hotel in Asia Pacific, and Hilton Lanzhou City Center, the 400th hotel in the Greater China and Mongolia region for the business.

“Hilton’s development continues to be a key performance indicator of how well-positioned we are for the long-term,” said Hilton’s CFO and president, global development, Kevin Jacobs.

“Hotel owners choose to work with us because of our premium commercial performance. With our capital light business model, we strive to maximize net unit growth, while continuing to deliver value for all our stakeholders.”

Last year also saw a significant expansion in the all-inclusive segment for the company, with key openings in the Caribbean and Latin America, including Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton and The Yucatan Playa del Carmen All-Inclusive Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management