|Double Tree Guest Suites By HILTON|
Hilton Worldwide will open the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Erbil at the end of 2013, its first hotel in the increasingly popular capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The property, located close to the recently expanded Erbil International Airport and the Ainkawa district, one of the city’s main retail and entertainment centres, will feature 200 serviced apartments.
Tailored for the needs of long-stay guests, it will feature a business centre, health club, pool, eight meeting rooms, two restaurants and a lobby lounge and bar.
"Erbil’s commercial status is increasing year-on-year and the city has a growing reputation as an up-and-coming tourist destination," said Rudi Jagersbacher, Area President, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide.
"We have every confidence that the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Erbil will prove popular with the growing number of business and leisure travellers."
Hilton signed a management agreement with New York-based real estate developer The Claremont Group.
Business Traveller has been charting Erbil's emergence with interest this year.
In April, Swiss-belhotel International said it will open a four-star hotel in Erbil early 2012 (click here) and in July, Marriott International announced plans to open the Erbil Marriott and Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil in 2014 (clickhere).
To read about Erbil's $300m airport and its growing appeal among regional carriers, click here, here and here.
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Report by Dominic Ellis