Hilton Worldwide today announced its expansion in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan into the city of Sulaymaniyah following the signing of a management agreement with Kurdonia Company for Tourism & Hospitality Ltd, owned fully by Hiwa Rauf Company. The new build, 223-room DoubleTree by Hilton Sulaymaniyah is expected to open early 2015.
The hotel will be the third Hilton Worldwide pipeline property in Kurdistan, Iraq and the first for Kurdistan's second largest city of Sulaymaniyah, a region enjoying rapid expansion and a growing international commercial reputation.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sulaymaniyah will be ideally located on the main city thoroughfare and within the new central business district surrounded by upscale residential, commercial and government offices. The property will also enjoy close proximity to Sulaymaniyah International Airport as well as the old town with its bustling streets, bazaars and market shopping.
Rudi Jagersbacher (pictured on right), president, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa said:
"Hilton Worldwide's innovative spirit is very much alive and well as we continue to expand our presence and explore exciting new markets.
"The Iraq Kurdistan region is attracting increasing numbers of international travellers which is fuelling demand for quality hotel accommodation, particularly in gateway cities like Sulaymaniyah.
"Today's signing of such a well located property will help us to meet that growing demand with dedicated first-class facilities and service."
DoubleTree by Hilton Sulaymaniyah will boast a range of quality accommodations comprising 173 rooms, including 10 suites, alongside 56 multi-sized serviced apartments. Corporate guests will welcome the two spacious boardrooms, five meeting rooms and a business centre as well as a large multi-purpose ballroom. Hotel amenities will also feature a health club, an indoor and outdoor pool, a children's club and a multi-sensory spa facility. Dining options will offer restaurants, including one specialty and all-day dining, a lobby lounge and a destination bar.