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Hilton Hotels & Resorts Joins Aruba’s Hospitality Community with Opening of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
ORANJESTAD, Aruba – July 15, 2015
 
Today, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), announced Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino as the newest addition to its impressive Caribbean portfolio.  A symbol of pride for the local community, the hotel is now owned by Aruba Growth Fund (representing the main pension funds in Aruba) and its partners, and managed by Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company.
 
“Aruba is the quintessential Caribbean island with its strong European influence, long stretches of white beach and eclectic culinary scene,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “As one of the most revisited destinations in the region, this opening marks an important milestone as we continue to expand our global presence and deliver on our commitment to providing diverse experiences for our guests.” 
 
With a remarkable history and heritage, the originally named Aruba Caribbean Hotel was the first luxury hotel to open in Aruba in 1959 on one of the best stretches of coastline on Palm Beach.  Designed by Morris Lapidus, renowned architect of many of Miami’s most famous hotels, as well as The Condado Plaza Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan – New York City, the ’Grande Dame’ has shared a wealth of names throughout the nearly six decades since its opening, but its tradition and commitment to the island remains unchanged. The new name, which places the hotel’s original label at center stage – Hilton Aruba Caribbean Hotel & Casino – represents the significant value placed on the hotel’s legacy on the island. 
 
Rene Kan, partner, Aruba Growth Fund, said, “As an Aruban investment fund representing tens of thousands of Arubans, we are proud to bring the first high-rise hotel on the island, back in Aruban hands. Together with the experienced staff and Hilton, we aim to make the new Hilton a showcase of Aruban hospitality for international guests, and the go-to place for all Arubans. The ’Aruba Caribbean’ is back!" 
 
“The opening of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is celebrated with pride,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “This project is a magnificent addition to our Caribbean portfolio with its remarkable connection to the island’s past and exceptional team members who bring traditional Aruban hospitality to life.  We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this hospitable community, and extend Hilton’s warm welcome to the island’s residents and visitors.” 
 
To celebrate its opening as Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, an array of activities are planned to honor the team members who make the property an exceptional experience for guests by delivering consistent high standards of traditional Aruban hospitality. 
 
For more information and reservations, visit hilton.com or call 1-800-HILTONS. 
 
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino participates in Hilton HHonors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s twelve distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors Members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free Wi-Fi, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.  
 

CONTACTS:
Nunette Maduro
+297 526 6005
nunette.maduro@hilton.com
 
Karla Visconti
Hilton Worldwide
+1 786 866 7240
karla.visconti@hilton.com 

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About Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino 
Located on the largest beachfront stretch of Palm Beach, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino welcomes guests to a premier resort experience. Featuring 355 charming guest rooms, including executive floor rooms and suites, unmatched beaches, enchanting gardens, expansive pool complex, kids club, watersports and dive center, world-class spa, on-site casino and culinary choices for the most discerning palate, this resort offers something for everyone.  
 
About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s 12 brands.
 
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide HLT, +0.39% is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton 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 HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
 
About Aruba Growth Fund
The Aruba Growth Fund is a private equity fund established in 2012, and focuses on investments in well-established Aruban companies. The fund has a range of investors, including the largest pension funds in the country, as well as several respectable private companies and bank. Management of the fund is in the hands of BKM Management, an investment management company run by Rene Kan, Milton Berlinski and Justus Martens. Visit arubagrowthfund.com for more information.