January 22, 2009

Hilton Hotels heads to D.C.

Hilton Hotels said it would pack its bags and move corporate headquarters from Beverley Hills, Calif., to the Washington metro area.

There's a significant population of lodging and real estate people in that market, said Christopher Nassetta, chief executive officer of Hilton owner Blackstone Group, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The move would make the nation's capital region the hospitality capital of the world, with three of the top hotel chains based in there, the Post said.

Hotels magazine said the various corporate headquarters in Washington -- which already includes Marriott International -- would soon oversee a total of 1.5 million hotel rooms.

Washington is becoming the hotel capital of the world, said Frederick Malek, chairman of Thayer Lodging Group and former president of Marriott Hotels.

Hotel headquarters in the region include Choice Hotels International, which runs Comfort Inns and Econo Lodges, Host Hotels & Resorts, DiamondRock Hospitality, RLJ Development, Thayer Lodging and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.