Hilton Worldwide Announces First DoubleTree by Hilton for Tunisian Capital
Tunis, TUNISIA & McLean, Va. - Hilton Worldwide's President and CEO Chris Nassetta today joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi in Washington, to announce the signing of a franchise agreement with El Mouradi Hotels & Resorts Group. The agreement will see the El Mouradi Africa Hotel re-branded to become DoubleTree by Hilton Tunis - Africa.
A full refurbishment of the hotel's public areas and 212 guest rooms and suites will begin in summer 2015, with an investment of more than $5M. The property will then join DoubleTree's portfolio which consists of more than 415 DoubleTree by Hilton locations in 35 countries around the world.
"Hilton first opened a hotel in Tunisia fifty years ago, extending our world-renowned hospitality to travellers from far and wide," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa for Hilton Worldwide. "As we near 20,000 rooms either trading or under development across Africa, we are delighted to be returning to this vibrant capital city, amid growing confidence in Tunisia's economic development which is seeing strong year-on-year growth."
Located in a prime position on the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which is regarded as the business and government heartland of Tunisia, DoubleTree by Hilton Tunis - Africa will open in the tallest building in the country, offering five restaurant and bar options; as well as a fitness centre and 24-hour business centre. Tunis Carthage Airport (TUN) is approximately eight kilometres away- allowing for easy and fast connection to and from the hotel.
"Tunis features a wealth of attractions, parts of which are UNESCO World Heritage listed, making the country a destination for not only sun-seekers, but also those interested in culture and history," said, John Greenleaf, global head for DoubleTree by Hilton. "As one of Africa's most visited locations, we are delighted to have signed an agreement to open our first DoubleTree by Hilton in Tunisia, a milestone for our global portfolio."
Tourism is a significant contributor to the Tunisian economy, with hospitality featuring as one of the most important sectors. DoubleTree by Hilton Tunis - Africa will be the perfect outpost for visits to the historic city. Extensive meetings and events space of more than 1,400 square metres, across 14 separate meeting rooms, will provide flexible options for organizers of both business and social functions - with a large ballroom of more than 400 square metres.
"At the El Mouradi Africa Tunis Hotel, we have worked hard to build our reputation of delivering great service and high standards to our guests. We believe that the rebranding of the hotel to DoubleTree by Hilton Tunis - Africa will enable us to further enhance the guest experience through the amazing strength of the DoubleTree brand," said Mourad MHIRI, CEO of El Mouradi Group. "We are confident the re-branding of the hotel is just the beginning of a very successful and sustainable partnership with Hilton Worldwide."
Hilton Worldwide currently has more than 30 hotels operating across Africa, with more than 30 hotels under development. View more news about DoubleTree by Hilton at news.doubletree.com/.
ABOUT EL MOURADI GROUP
El Mouradi Group is the leading hospitality and tourism company in Tunisia operating 17 hotel properties across the country, which represents a capacity of approximately 7000 rooms.In addition to hotel management, El Mouradi Group's portfolio comprises a Destination Management Company, VLT, a Tour Operator network, Sunshine Holiday Group, rapidly expanding across Europe and currently located in nine European countries, and a training company, El Mouradi Academy, offering training programs in tourism and hospitality fields through its curricula and its exchange agreements with European universities and schools.El Mouradi group with the mother company Meublatex Group, the leading manufacturer and retailer of furniture in Tunisia, are part of MHIRI Group and employ more than 7000 people, which makes it a major operator in the Tunisian economy.For 43 years, MHIRI Group has succeeded to diversify its activities from Industry to Tourism and Hospitality business and is currently extending its investments to health, real estate and retail sectors through medical centers, shopping malls, supermarket and hypermarket chain projects.For more information about MHIRI Group companies, please visit: www.mhirigroup.com - www.elmouradi.com - www.meublatex.com.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 510 upscale hotels with more than 121,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit www.doubletree.com. Connect with the DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Learn about the latest brand news at news.doubletree.com.