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Hilton, Best Western Unveil Host Of New Openings With More To Come

By Dennis Nessler | August 3, 2022

As evidence that their respective pipelines are robust, a pair of major brand companies—Hilton and Best Western Hotels & Resorts—recently announced a spate of hotel openings both within the U.S. and internationally.

Hilton celebrated the 2022 mid-year mark with continued growth momentum in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA). From Jan.1 to June 30, 2022, the company debuted 11 new hotels, growing its CALA portfolio to more than 190 hotels representing nearly 15% of Hilton’s presence outside of the United States. With its aggressive expansion plans, including a pipeline of 105 properties, the company expects to open its 200th hotel in CALA by the end of 2022.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to expand Hilton’s footprint in the Caribbean and Latin America, working with exceptional owners to introduce the right brand in the right market to meet the demands of today’s global traveler,” said Juan Corvinos, senior vice president, development, architecture and construction, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “Our plans have led to incredible milestones in the region, from welcoming new all-inclusive and luxury resorts in some of the most sought-after destinations to celebrating first in market brands that cater to and attract all types of visitors. We are excited about our momentum and our continued commitment to this dynamic region.”

Looking ahead, Hilton expects to open approximately 15 additional properties in CALA across 10 brands by the end of 2022, including debuts in Brazil and Mexico, among other destinations. According to the company, upcoming 2022 opening highlights include Motto by Hilton Tulum—the brand’s first hotel in CALA, Tru by Hilton Monterrey Fundidora, the brand’s first hotel in Mexico; DoubleTree by Hilton Foz de Iguaçu – Hilton’s first hotel near the famed waterfalls in Brazil; and Waldorf Astoria Cancun, the arrival of the luxury brand in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Best Western announced a new property for its core Best Western brand, two additions each within its Best Western Premiere Collection and SureStay Collection brands, as well as a new hotel to be part of its BW Signature Collection.

The company announced the opening of the Best Western Morgan City Inn in Morgan City, LA. The hotel offers 57 guestrooms, 15 of which are suites, and recently completed a $400,000 renovation.

BWH Hotel Group revealed the newest additions to its upscale BW Premier Collection of boutique hotels with the opening of the Independence Park Hotel in Philadelphia, as well as the opening of the Hub Murray Hill in New Providence, NJ. The Hub Murray Hill features 80 fully renovated rooms and suites.

“BW Premier Collection hotels have a stylish design with detailed finishes to help guests celebrate the destination. High-end rooms and elegant lounge areas allow travelers to revel in luxury during their stay. And because these hotels are in destination markets, guests can witness a world of excitement when they venture outside. Independence Park Hotel is a perfect fit to the BW Premier Collection,” said Brad LeBlanc, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

BWH Hotel Group welcomed Fountain Park Hotel to join its BW Signature Collection brand, an eclectic portfolio of inspirational accommodations at alluring destinations, exhibiting superior value, according to the company.

The SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Raleigh North Downtown is now welcoming guests to Raleigh, NC. The SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Raleigh North Downtown marks the brand’s entrance into Raleigh and features 139 well-appointed guest rooms, including 39 suites. Meanwhile, the SureStay Hotel by Best Western Chula Vista San Diego Bay opened its doors in Chula Vista, CA after completing a $500,000 renovation.



Dennis Nessler

Dennis Nessler is Editor-in-Chief of Hotel Interactive, parent company of Hotel Community Forum. Nessler brings more than 28 years of editorial experience to his position, including some 17 years in the hospitality industry. As part of his duties, Nessler not only covers the industry editorially but moderates various high-level panel sessions at hospitality events and frequently conducts one-on-one interviews with C-level executives.

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