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What is Hil­ton’s ap­proach to the lux­ury and life­style ho­tel sec­tor?

Hil­ton’s lux­ury and life­style in­cludes three brands: Wal­dorf-As­to­ria, Con­rad, and Canopy, which is our new­est brand. On the lux­ury end, Wal­dorf and Con­rad, we es­tab­lished a vi­sion about seven years ago to be the fastest grow­ing, most in­no­va­tive lux­ury ho­tel com­pany. So to­day in Con­rad Ho­tels & Re­sorts we have 24 prop­er­ties open on five con­ti­nents, and we have an ad­di­tional 23 ho­tels that are cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing eight open­ing in 2016 in Makkah, Xi­a­men, Manila, San Luis Po­tosi, Guangzhou, Osaka, Fort Laud­erdale Beach and Chicago.

Tell us about the Con­rad Chicago.

Hil­ton in part­ner­ship with Lawrence Geller pur­pose-built this ho­tel, de­signed by Pierre-Yves Ro­chon, to be a true Con­rad. Its size and its lo­ca­tion are ideal for an ur­ban mar­ket. It’ll be 289 rooms, three great restau­rants, as well as 10,000 square feet of meet­ing space. We’re tak­ing book­ings now for stays start­ing Sept. 1.

Con­rad Chicago is go­ing to be our sixth prop­erty in the US. It un­der­scores our com­mit­ment of best-in­class ho­tels in key gate­way cities. So that’s why we’re so ex­cited about it.

What will set the Con­rad apart from other Chicago lux­ury ho­tels?

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