Arora to become UK’s largest private owner-operator
Arora to become UK’s largest private owner-operator
14 NOVEMBER 2017 9:55 AM

The Arora Group will soon open a 360-room Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow's Terminal 2, making the company the U.K.’s “largest private owner-operator of hotels” with more than 4,000 rooms.

LONDON, 13 November 2017--The Arora Group (“Arora” or the “Group”) announces today new agreements with Hilton (NYSE: HLT), growing their partnership at key London airports.

Arora Group’s latest development, a new 360 guest room[1] hotel at Heathrow Terminal 2, is set to open as Hilton Garden Inn. The new hotel is expected to open next year and will be the only hotel with direct links to the Queen’s Terminal.

Additionally, the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley will undergo an extensive refurbishment ahead of re-opening next winter as DoubleTree by Hilton, a brand that is recognised for offering upscale comfort and service to business and leisure travellers.

Hilton London Gatwick Airport will be subject to a significant investment programme, enhancing the flagship hotel over the coming three years.

With this announcement, the Arora Group will become the UK’s largest privately owned owner-operator of hotels, with over 4,000 bedrooms under management and over 2,300 employees.

Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of the Arora Group said: “It is a pleasure to work with Hilton, and we are honoured that our track record for delivering premium service for hotel guests as a trusted partner has been recognised in this agreement.

“We take utmost care in ensuring each of our hotels is branded appropriately for the asset, in line with our strategy to partner with world-leading hotel brands under a franchise model, and so we are delighted to announce the refurbishment and re-branding of the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley to DoubleTree by Hilton Gatwick, and that our newest hotel development, at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, shall be opening under the Hilton Garden Inn brand, which is particularly popular with time-pressed travellers seeking an inviting atmosphere with great service.”

Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton said:

“Hilton’s continued partnership with Arora Group at the UK’s two busiest passenger hubs solidifies our position as the fastest growing hotelier at European airports, with 50 hotels trading or under development at key transport centres. Having pioneered the concept of the airport hotel, we are pleased to be working with Arora Group to grow our portfolio, giving guests even more choice when planning their stay.”

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