Hilton has opened its 200th hotel in the Caribbean and Latin America, Waldorf Astoria Cancun, a 173-room luxury resort set on 100 acres of coastline.
Also representing Hilton’s second Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in Mexico, the opening caps off a strong decade of continued growth for the company in the region, during which the company opened approximately 75% of its current portfolio of hotels, expanded its presence across 15 of its brands and in 28 countries.
“The opening of the elegant Waldorf Astoria Cancun and celebration of our 200th hotel milestone in the Caribbean and Latin America is a testament to Hilton’s commitment in the region and the strength of our industry-leading brands to meet our guests’ ever-evolving needs in the destinations they want to travel,” said Juan Corvinos, SVP, development, architecture and construction, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton.
The Caribbean and Latin America has played an important role in Hilton’s history and global growth. Since Caribe Hilton debuted in Puerto Rico as the company’s first hotel outside of the continental U.S. in 1949, it has pursued new opportunities throughout the region.
Much of the company’s expansion in the Caribbean and Latin America has taken place in the last decade, with 75% of the current portfolio of hotels added, tripling its regional portfolio in only 10 years.
Corvinos told Hotel Business that it isn’t just about providing guests with fantastic stays. “We’ve given employment to families all over the region,” he said. “We’re now in 28 countries impacting the lives of all of these people who can work, have a decent living and deliver hospitality to all of the tourists who go there.”
Looking ahead, Hilton has more than 100 hotels in the pipeline in various stages of design and construction, with five additional properties expected to open before the end of the year.”