ADDING MULTIMEDIA Hampton Hotels Tops Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® List for Third Consecutive Year

Brand Maintains No. 1 Spot Through Continued Growth, Stability and Passion Among Owners

MCLEAN, Va.--()--Hampton Hotels (www.hampton.com), the international brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced its number one ranking on Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500® list for the third year in a row. This prestigious list, known as the world's "first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking,” marks Hampton as the first hotel brand ever to achieve and also maintain the top spot. The announcement also follows the brand’s placement at the top of Entrepreneur’s annual global franchise list in October.

“We are honored to have achieved this ranking once again and also grateful to our franchise partners for continuing to uphold the quality and personality of Hampton Hotels,” said Phil Cordell, global head, Focused Service Brands and Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide. “To have held the top ranking for three years in a row is a true testament to the trust and commitment our franchise owners have in the Hampton brand. Our strong business model, passionate corporate leadership and committed team members around the world are exactly why Hampton continues to be an award-winning brand.”

Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide, added, "Brands across the world aspire to receive this highly desirable endorsement from a credited and impartial source like Entrepreneur. It’s Hilton Worldwide’s mission to be the premier global hospitality company, and the executive leadership of Hampton Hotels as well as the brand’s incredible franchisees continue to have an impact on the company being the first choice of guests, team members and owners alike.”

Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500® ranks franchises based on a variety of criteria, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. The 2013 rankings mark the 34th anniversary of the Franchise 500®.

"This year’s Franchise 500® shows a strong upsurge,” said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Collective unit numbers from the listing almost doubled between 2011 and 2012, thanks to expanding opportunities like Hampton successfully growing their brands.”

To maintain the top position, a brand like Hampton focuses on key factors. “Through our continued commitment to our franchisees, we have fostered a high level of loyalty and passion for the brand,” said Gina Valenti, vice president, Owner Services and Hampton Brand Culture & Internal Communications. “As we continue to grow, we always look for ways to better work with our owners. I’m proud that the current avenues for interaction and resources we offer have engaged our management partners with the brand’s global success and have also been recognized by the experts at Entrepreneur Magazine.”

Thus far in 2012, Hampton Hotels opened 63 new properties across the globe in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America with an additional 12 properties scheduled to open by year-end and more than 300 in the global pipeline. The past year’s growth and future expansion can also be attributed to the strong Hilton Worldwide global development teams who partner with the brand, investors and management companies to set new franchise partners up for business success with Hampton Hotels. For more information about opening a Hampton Hotels franchise, please visit www.hamptonfranchise.com, and for more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit http://news.hampton.com.

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About Hampton Hotels

The Hampton brand, including Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton, is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With nearly 1,900 properties globally, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture and personality, defined as "Hamptonality," supported by its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands globally. For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit www.hampton.com or http://news.hampton.com or connect with us at www.facebook.com/Hampton, http://twitter.com/Hampton or www.youtube.com/Hampton.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered 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 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, 640,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories 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®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Contacts

John Walls
Hampton Hotels
+1 901 374 6383
john.walls@hilton.com
or
Jaime Derbyshire
Edelman Public Relations
+1 212 729 2185
jaime.derbyshire@edelman.com

Release Summary

Hampton Hotels (www.hampton.com) today announced its number one ranking on Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500® list for the third year in a row.

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Contacts

John Walls
Hampton Hotels
+1 901 374 6383
john.walls@hilton.com
or
Jaime Derbyshire
Edelman Public Relations
+1 212 729 2185
jaime.derbyshire@edelman.com