This name sounds familiar, and yes, you guessed it right. Having been founded by Conrad N. Hilton, Hilton Worldwide, a firm once owned by a celebrity by the name of Paris Hilton, is now a humongous consortium of hotels operating worldwide, in more than 100 countries. Looking at the brand’s close to 5000 properties around the world, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the Hilton empire we see today did not have such a humble beginning. Hilton was incorporated in 2010, and it indulges in franchising, leasing, and owning luxury hotels and resorts. Its leased and owned properties are located in gateway cities, including Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Chicago, San Francisco, London, and New York City.
With diverse chains of hotels such as Conrad and Double Tree to luxury brands like Waldorf Astoria and the Curio Collection, operating under its umbrella, Hilton Worldwide is now in the league of elite hotel chains. These include Marriott International, the Intercontinental Hotel Group, Accor, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, and the Carlson Rezidor Group, to name but a few. Other names in its brand portfolio include Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Hampton, Home2 Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Tru.