Hilton has signed a management agreement with real estate development group GFC Company to operate a new hotel in Phnom Penh.
Part of a mixed-use development, the opening of the 280-room Hilton Phnom Penh in 2022 will mark the entry of the hotel company into the country.
“Cambodia is primed for growth, having experienced the third largest increase in the number of international tourists in ASEAN last year – behind only Vietnam and Indonesia – and we believe the strength of the Hilton brand will go a long way in helping to boost Phnom Penh as a tourism destination,” said Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, South-east Asia, Hilton.
Located nine kilometres from Phnom Penh International Airport, Hilton Phnom Penh will be in close proximity to landmarks like the Phnom Penh Central Market and Vattanac Capital Tower, the country’s tallest high-row building.
Hilton Phnom Penh’s facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a café, a lobby bar, an executive lounge, a fitness center, swimming pool, and functions space spanning more than 1,500m2, including an 875m2 ballroom.
Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton, said that it is an ideal time to be entering the market as “Cambodia as a destination is on a growth trajectory, with global businesses establishing a presence in the capital city and the government investing into its infrastructure to boost its tourism appeal”.
Currently, Hilton operates 39 properties across nine markets in South-east Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar. Over the next three to five years, the company is targeting to open 54 more hotels in its pipeline, including the launch of the Canopy by Hilton into South-east Asia and the company’s entry into Dili, Timor Leste, next year.