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Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement with Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited to Welcome First Waldorf Astoria in Southeast Asia

Located in Bangkok, the luxurious hotel will also be global hospitality leader’s ninth property in Thailand

March 01, 2012  |  This information originated in American English.

BANGKOK - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new management agreement with Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited to introduce the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Southeast Asia, and Hilton Worldwide's ninth property to Thailand. Scheduled to open in 2015, the 170-room Waldorf Astoria Bangkok marks the debut of Hilton Worldwide's world renowned luxury brand in Thailand.

"Today's announcement underlines our commitment to strengthen and expand our portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties in key cities across the globe. The Waldorf Astoria name is synonymous with timeless luxury and sophistication, and guests to the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok can expect a truly luxurious experience, with the highest level of service and comfort, in spectacular and tranquil surroundings," said John Vanderslice, global head of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands at Hilton Worldwide.

Designed to bring the benchmark of luxury hospitality experience to new heights, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located along Ratchadamri Road in the heart Bangkok's renowned, bustling Patumwan district. Its premiere central location is ideal for leisure guests visiting some of the city's finest dining places, entertainment venues, popular shopping complexes such as Central World and Siam Paragon, and attractions including the Royal Sports Club. The hotel is approximately 1.5 kilometers south of Sathorn, Bangkok's central business district and home to regional head offices of multinational corporations, making it ideal for corporate travelers seeking a premium environment to conduct business.

Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Bangkok is a truly international and sophisticated city, and we are pleased to be working with an established partner like Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited in showcasing our famous luxury brand for the first time in Southeast Asia, in this major gateway city. Hilton Worldwide has been in Thailand since 1983 and today's announcement marks the entry of our fourth brand in Thailand, following currently trading Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded properties as well as the opening of our first DoubleTree by Hilton property in Bangkok next year. With six operating hotels in Thailand, two of which are in Bangkok, we look forward to continued growth with the introduction of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok."

Towering at 60-storeys and built as a mixed-used development, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok's striking design sets it to be Bangkok's latest icon and promises to delight guests with the finest culinary experiences at its all-day dining restaurant, two specialty restaurants, two bars and lounge. Sitting between the Chit Lom and Ratchadamri BTS stations, the hotel will have 170 exquisitely furnished guest rooms (including 34 suites) sized at a minimum of 50 square-meters, making them one of the largest hotel rooms in Bangkok. Embracing sophistication and urban sensibility in its interiors, the hotel will have two spacious ballrooms and nine meeting rooms offering a plush meeting environment. A stunning fitness center and spa, as well as an outdoor pool, will see guests of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok enjoy a luxurious experience offering true Waldorf service in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. The compilation is an amenity-rich environment for the most discerning of guests.

Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is the country's main gateway city and a political, commercial and industrial hub. With a well-established network of road and air transportation, connected by Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Muang Airport, it attracts both leisure and corporate visitors domestically and internationally. Home to the headquarters of all of Thailand's major commercial banks and financial institutions and a large number of multinational corporations, Bangkok is also a premier tourist destination that is increasingly benefitting from the growing medical as well as spa and wellness sectors.

"We are very pleased to welcome the first Waldorf Astoria to Thailand and to Southeast Asia through this partnership. As a real estate developer in Thailand, we are very committed to engage our people, our community and our city through this new addition to the city and introduce its sophisticated hospitality. We are very confident in Bangkok as it is an international gateway for tourists and has a myriad of historical and cultural sights and activities that appeal to both local and international markets. With Waldorf Astoria Bangkok's iconic design, backed by Hilton Worldwide's expertise in global hospitality, we are confident that the hotel will set a new benchmark for unparalleled service and quality guest experiences in Thailand," said Tipaporn Chearavanont, President, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited.

Hilton Worldwide currently manages six properties in Thailand including Conrad Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Hilton Pattaya, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Conrad Koh Samui, and will open Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok and DoubleTree by Hilton, Sukhumvit Bangkok in 2013.

Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9763

Robert Allegrini
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
+1 312 663 6516

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited
The full-scale real estate development business is operated under the concept of "Think and Create for Human sustainability". With this in mind, we develop creations that best respond to demands and well-being of 3 generations, the surrounding environment, well-living and healthiness. We combine convenience with energy-saving to create quality buildings that offer safety and a great community for our customers. The scope of our full-scale business covers the following aspects.

  • Real estate and land development: Support research and feasibility study of investment projects, seek for new and potential projects as investor, project manager or joint venture
  • Residential project development: Specializing in single detached house and condominium projects. Each project is unique and built in state-of-the-art design, with quality materials to correspond with residents' lifestyles and efficient energy consumption. Visit http://www.magnolia.co.th

Magnolia Finest Corporation
The international financial investment corporation and property development organization is structured to cater for the growing markets in multinational joint venture investments, together with our partners, domestic and international inverstors in order to reciprocate a greater variation of market demands from a range of locations. Recent corporate management restructure have segregated Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limite to accredit additional joint investment parties between groups of companies, for realizing potentials in the developments of world class projects in such countries as China. This will be achieved by joining forces with our formidable business allies who are well established experts in their professional fields, to handle our consumer needs on a national scale as well as internationally.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of nearly 30 iconic properties that create a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting news.waldorfastoria.com, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru 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 Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.