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Hilton Worldwide (HLT) Opens 3 Hotels, Fortifies Global Hold

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. HLT recently announced the opening of three hotels in China, Washington D.C. and Tennessee.

Hilton Sanqingshan Resort will be opened in China’s Mount Sanqing National Park, marking Hilton's first resort in Jiangxi Province. The 372-room resort is owned by Sanqingshan Travel Group and managed by Hilton. It promises to provide exceptional experiences like panoramic view, in-room amenities, indoor games, meeting space, ballroom, multi-function rooms, restaurants and a 24-hour in-room dining service for guests.

Hilton also announced the signing of The Darcy, Curio Collection by Hilton, in Washington. The Curio Collection is a global portfolio of unique upscale hotels mainly serving tourists in search of local and authentic experiences. The Darcy is scheduled to open in mid-2017. Its central location will provide guests easy access to many monuments, museums, the White House and the National Mall, to name a few.

Also, Hilton's Hampton by Hilton brand announced the opening of Hampton Inn in Spring Hill, TN. The brand serves “value-conscious and quality-driven travelers around the world”.

Hilton’s geographic exposure in the U.S., solid transient business and improving group business trends continue to drive RevPAR. However, lingering political uncertainties in some of the regions where the company operates and negative currency translation raise concern.

Notably, Hilton will be divided into three publicly traded companies – Hilton, Park Hotels & Resorts, and Hilton Grand Vacations. The shares of these three publicly traded companies are expected to begin trading on a "when-issued" basis on about Dec 13, 2016. Investors should note that shares of Hilton gained over 24% year to date, compared to the 27.2% growth of the Zacks categorized Hotels and Motels industry. Estimate revision for the current year has slightly gone up in the last 60 days.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Hilton carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Better-ranked stocks in the hotels and motels industry include Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH, Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. SNOW and Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation VAC.

All the three companies carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Full-year 2016 earnings for Choice Hotels are expected to increase 9.8%.

Intrawest is expected to witness 34% decline in fiscal 2017 earnings.

Full-year 2016 earnings for Marriott Vacations are expected to rise 25.5%.

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