Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the signing of a management agreement with Sunvalley Hotel Clark Corporation to manage Hilton Clark in the Philippines. Hilton Clark is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will strengthen Hilton Worldwide’s Philippines pipeline, which also includes Conrad Manila and Hilton Manila.
“We are committed to growing Hilton Worldwide’s presence in the Philippines and the signing of Hilton Clark is integral to our portfolio expansion plans for the country, which focus on key gateway cities, economic hubs and emerging secondary cities,” said Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.
Hilton Clark is a 268-key new build hotel that will be part of a mixed-use development that also includes a casino, a 304 hectare private country club consisting of 36 holes with various levels of difficulty harmonized with beautiful natural scenery, a water park, an international school, high-end residential villas and spa, kids club, cooking school, as well as sports facilities including horse-riding. The hotel will have an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge and a poolside cafe. It will also have 3,380sqm of meetings space that will include a ballroom and various meeting rooms.
“Hilton Clark is a great addition to our growing portfolio. We are pleased to bring our flagship brand to this dynamic city where Hilton Clark will be the hotel of choice for guests looking for memorable travel experiences,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide.
Clark, in Central Luzon, has a thriving Freeport Zone that has seen export value grow exponentially in recent years. In 2013, the figure topped USD3.83 billion. An important hub for business, aviation and tourism, Clark is home to a number of the world’s largest corporations and a mere 60km from the capital Manila. Investment has been growing steadily over the past 10 years in Clark with spillover effects to the MICE market.
Hilton Clark is located within the Freeport Zone, four kilometers from Global Gateway Logistic City and Clark Green City, and about five kilometers from Clark International Airport, which has direct flights to key cities such asSeoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Macau. Between 2010 and 2013, Clark’s international and domestic arrivals have been averaging 419,000 a year. Hilton Clark is also connected to Metro Manila and other key areas in the Central Luzon region by a network of highways.
“We have chosen to partner with Hilton Worldwide because of its sterling reputation and deep hotel management expertise. And given the strength of the Hilton brand, we are confident that Hilton Clark will be the hotel of choice for Clark’s growing numbers of visitors,” said Lee Shin Kun, Chairman, Sunvalley Hotel Clark Corporation.
Clark Sunvalley Country Club, which is part of the integrated resort, is located inside a 304 hectare compound. It is a private country club consisting of 36 holes with various levels of difficulty harmonized with beautiful natural scenery. Located at an altitude of 370 meters above sea level, Sunvalley gives golfers a chance to get close to the blue sky and clouds whiles enjoying a subtle but cooling breeze.