Hilton to manage 676-key resort near Hurghada, Egypt

MAKADI BAY, EGYPT Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Afak Co. for Touristic Development Co. for the new-build 676-key Hilton Makadi Resort, the fourth Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the area of Hurghada, Egypt.

The hotel is expected to open in the second quarter of 2012. Situated in a prime location in Makadi Bay, about 30 km south of Hurghada and 35 km from Hurghada International Airport, the hotel overlooks the Red Sea with a 400-m private sandy beach.

“Our brand’s global growth, particularly in the resort and leisure segment, continues at a rapid pace as we mark the signing of another Hilton property in Egypt. Hilton Makadi Resort will be a great addition to the market, offering guests our very own Hilton-style, world-class service and forward-thinking approach in a spectacular setting with beautiful Red Sea views,” says Dave Horton, global head of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.

The property will feature two meeting rooms, three lounges, an all-day dining and two specialty restaurants and will offer three swimming pools, a health club, spa and diving center, in addition to the private beach.

Hurghada is also home to Hilton Hurghada Resort, Hilton Hurghada Plaza and Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort.

“Our flagship brand first entered Hurghada in 1995. Since then the area has developed rapidly and it continues to be a growing tourist destination. Makadi Bay, in particular, is a great location for our newest hotel along the Egyptian Red Sea coast,” says Jean-Paul Herzog, area president of Hilton Worldwide, Middle East and Africa.

This will be the 17th Hilton property in Egypt. “Hilton Hotels & Resorts enjoys tremendous brand recognition in Egypt, which made them a natural choice for us,” says Hazem Saad Zaghloul, chairman of Afak Co. for Touristic Development Co. “As the country continues to witness a growth in tourism and with the increasing popularity of Makadi, we’re delighted Hilton will manage our new property and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Hilton Worldwide has 44 hotels across 14 countries in the Middle East and Africa, with another 29 hotels under development.