Hilton: Striking New Hotel Set For Stratford

Stratford will welcome The London Gantry, Curio Collection by Hilton in 2020.

 Hilton (No. 30 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has signed a franchise agreement with The Gantry Group, a joint venture between Black Friar Holdings and a £1.1bn institutional investor.


The London Gantry, an 18-storey Curio Collection by Hilton hotel with 285 guestrooms, will include extensive neighbourhood bar and restaurant spaces and an impressive sky bar with views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond to London's dramatic skyline.

The new hotel will be amongst the best-connected hotels in East London, situated opposite Stratford International Train Station, Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and within easy access of London's Excel and O2 arenas.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said: "Stratford is London's fastest growing business and leisure district, and a major contributor to the capital's economic growth, with 125,000 new jobs forecast to be created in East London by 2030.1

"The legacy of the 2012 Summer Olympics is evident, with world class facilities in transport, entertainment, shopping and sport, all within walking distance of The Gantry London."

Launched in 2014, Curio Collection by Hilton is a collection of remarkable upper upscale hotels handpicked for their unique character and personality. The Gantry London will join two Curio Collection by Hilton hotels in London, the trading Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hiltonand Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton, which is expected to open in 2018.

Warren Malschinger, director, The Gantry Group said: "The London Gantry will be our first project in partnership with Hilton and we are excited to add the Gantry to the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton."

Design studios ICA were responsible for the iconic architectural interpretation of the project.  Chris Fegan, Director, ICA said: "It was great to work closely with a client whose vision was to create a landmark hotel which had the local neighbourhood at its heart. By layering the heritage of Stratford into the design we feel that we have created something that is iconic and will be a unique experience for guests."

This ethos is manifest in the welcoming feel of the Curio Collection by Hilton hotel's entrance. A curved two-storey podium, formed by a comforting interplay of geometries, invites guests and the local community into the space. Above, the property achieves a singular building aesthetic, which manifests in a singular skin of copper coloured fins. These fins allow the hotel's appearance to change and morph throughout the day and into the night as light and shadow shift and vary.

The interior will celebrate the contrast of raw vs luxurious and hard vs soft. A reclaimed chandelier mixed with velvet clad furniture offers a decadent touch of old glamour against the new structure. The grandeur of the space breaks down into smaller intimate pockets, providing a personal check in experience or a quiet corner to enjoy a chance encounter, with hints to Stratford's forgotten industrial past represented in artwork and objects to intrigue the Curious Traveller.

Warren Malschinger, said: "The £77m build contract has been awarded to Ardmore and we are delighted that work is now underway on the project. Ardmore's record in the London hotel sector is second to none and we are pleased to bring their expertise to the project."

James Byrne, director, Ardmore said: "We are thrilled to have been selected for this landmark hotel. We're pleased to be adding The London Gantry, Curio Collection by Hilton to a portfolio that contains The Ned at Poultry, the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and Corinthia London."

The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton will be located on De Coubertin Street, London, E20 1AE.

For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, visit news.curiocollection.com.

Hampton by Hilton Welcomes Travelers for Great Outdoors Month

Category-leading brands open 23 hotels in Q1 2018, in locations including New York City, Las Vegas and Seattle's Pioneer Square; Bolsters pipeline with 49 new signed deals.

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Great Outdoors Month just around the corner, and travelers are readying themselves for fresh air and summer adventure.

With 60 National Parks in the U.S., travelers have many choices when it comes to picking an outdoor destination, but deciding where to stay should be simple. Offering spacious rooms, thoughtful service and locations near some of the country's top National Parks, Hampton by Hilton is ideal for travelers seeking convenience, comfort and satisfaction, guaranteed.

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​​Hilton Appoints Vera Manoukian as Global Brand Head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Manoukian has extensive industry experience and a proven track record of driving results.

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Hilton announced the appointment of Vera Manoukian as Senior Vice President and Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Manoukian will oversee the brand portfolio for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and will be responsible for promoting, elevating and growing the iconic brand.

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New Consumer Research Confirms Environmental and Social Efforts Are Central To Hotel Guest Booking Decisions

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Hilton announced it will cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030. With this commitment, Hilton will become the first major hotel company to institute science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions and send zero soap to landfill.

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Hilton Names Global Head Of Diversity & Inclusion

"As a global hospitality company, it's increasingly important to leverage the benefits of an intentional diversity and inclusion management practice to drive sustainable engagement and company performance," said Muñoz.

Hilton has named Jon Muñoz as Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion. In his new role, Muñoz will oversee Hilton's global diversity management practice, focusing on developing culture, talent and marketplace strategies that cultivate inclusion.

Already known as one of the World's Best Workplaces, Hilton was recognized in 2017 for its diversity and inclusion efforts by DiversityInc, Fortune, Forbes, Human Rights Campaign, National Business Inclusion Consortium and LATINA Style.

Muñoz joined Hilton in 2011 as Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion and has played a key role in driving Hilton's global diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining Hilton, Muñoz served in diversity roles for Sprint and multicultural marketing roles for Nextel Communications, Bank One (JPMorgan Chase) and NationsBank (Bank of America).

"As a global hospitality company, it's increasingly important to leverage the benefits of an intentional diversity and inclusion management practice to drive sustainable engagement and company performance," said Muñoz. "I'm proud of the important strides we've made on our diversity and inclusion journey at Hilton and look forward to building on those successes to support our mission to be the most hospitable company in the world."

"In his seven years at Hilton, Jon has built a track record for success, providing leadership for our comprehensive, and now award-winning, diversity and inclusion program," Matthew W. Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton. "This role is incredibly important as we continue to create welcoming and inclusive work environments for all, and amazing experiences for our guests."

Muñoz actively serves in leadership roles at a diverse nonprofit organizations including: Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Center Advisory Board, Friends of the American Latino Museum Treasurer of the Board of Directors, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, League of United Latin American Citizens Corporate Alliance, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ACT-SO Advisory Council, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Co-Chair of the Corporate Advisory Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board. He is also a co-founder of the National Hispanic Corporate Council Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP), offered in partnership with Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. The CEDP is dedicated to advancing Hispanic managers to executive positions in global enterprises.

Muñoz holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.