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Hilton Garden Inn swings into summer with the "Great Golf Giveaway"

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Hilton Garden Inn®, the award-winning mid-priced brand, expands its annual "Great Golf Giveaway" promotion with new exclusive offers from American Express® and Dockers® Golf and increases the list of participating golf courses.

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida
More than 375 golf courses across North America are participating in Hilton Garden Inn's promotion.
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From June 1 through Oct. 21, 2007, travelers can take advantage of the program by including a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night in their stay at any participating Hilton Garden Inn in the U.S., Canada or Mexico. Guests will receive a voucher valid for complimentary green fees for up to two people redeemable at more than 375+ participating golf courses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Last year nearly 13,000 golfers took advantage of the summer golf promotion and played more than 7,500 rounds of golf, courtesy of the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

"We wanted to add something new to our 'Great Golf Giveaway' this summer and partnering with American Express and Dockers gives us the opportunity to provide our guests with a unique way to enhance their hotel stay with some great rewards," said Jim Cone, vice president - marketing for Hilton Garden Inn. "Thanks to Dockers Golf, our guests can golf in style and their money can go further with American Express when they stay at any participating Hilton Garden Inn location."

"Great Golf Giveaway" Details Include:

Stay and pay with any American Express® Card and Receive an American Express® - branded prepaid card worth up to $50. Guests who complete a stay booked online under Offer Code OPEN and pay with any American Express Card that includes two nights over Thursday,

Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday night at any Hilton Garden Inn will receive an American Express - branded prepaid card worth $25 redeemable at any of the thousands of Hilton Family hotels worldwide. Guests who stay three qualified nights and pay with any American Express Card will receive a $50 card redeemable for a future stay at any Hilton Family hotel worldwide.

375+ Golf Courses to Choose From, Need We Say More? Since one out of eight U.S. travelers plays golf on a trip (according to the Travel Industry Association's Web), Hilton Garden Inn expanded the list of courses to more than 375+ semi-private and public courses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Golfers can tune up their game on the road or take advantage of the promotion in their hometown. Regardless of which option travelers choose, there are a lot of choices. Some of the more notable courses include: PGA Golf Club at Port St. Lucie, Fla., Cog Hill Country Club Courses No. 1 and No. 3 in Lemont, Ill., The Legacy Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev., and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, in Philadelphia, Miss., and many others. Guests must secure their own tee times up to three days in advance, for up to two players per voucher. Upon check-in at the golf course, guests must show a copy of their receipt for their qualifying stay at any Hilton Garden Inn and surrender their original complimentary green fees voucher. For a complete list of participating golf courses, and terms & conditions please visit www.StayHGI.com/golf.

Pointers for the Greens. As part of the promotion, guests will receive a complimentary golf tips booklet upon check-in, filled with pointers from Golf Digest instructors, including tips ranging from playing out of the rough to driving with power. The booklet also includes a trial subscription offer to Golf Digest or Golf for Women magazines as well as a discount for Dockers Golf apparel available at www.Dockers.com/golf, where they can find microfiber pants and mercerized polos that keep golfers cool, dry and looking great.

At select Hilton Garden Inn properties, instructors from Golf Digest and Golf for Women will be hosting "Inside the Ropes" events for Hilton Garden Inn guests. The events will include a mini-golf clinic, discussion of what's hot in golf, cocktail reception, prizes, and more. For more information or a complete list of "Inside the Ropes" locations, check out www.StayHGI.com/golf.

About the "Great Golf Giveaway"

The third annual summer golf promotion is valid June 1 - Oct. 21, 2007. Guests whose stay includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, from June 1 - Oct. 21, 2007, receive a voucher for a complimentary round of golf for two, valid at more than 375+ participating golf courses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Guests can choose to use their voucher during their stay at a nearby participating course, or at a later date and location during the promotion period. Guests also will receive the complimentary golf tips booklet upon check-in written by golf professional instructors.

The "Great Golf Giveaway" promotion is part of the Hilton Garden Inn brand's ongoing marketing strategy of encouraging its core business traveler target to get the most of their stays and turn business trips into relaxing mini-vacations. To find a list of participating golf courses, click on www.StayHGI.com/golf.

About American Express®
American Express Company is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850. For more information, visit americanexpress.com.

About Dockers® Golf

Dockers® Golf is a stylish, performance-enhanced collection of shirts, pants, outerwear and accessories designed specifically to address the wardrobe needs of all golfers, from the everyday enthusiast to the PGA Tour Pro. The Dockers® Golf product line combines elements of San Francisco's easygoing style with classic golf sportswear, and features signature Dockers® brand performance innovations including, All Motion Comfort™ Fabric, ColorBond®, Cool Effects™, Individual Fit® Waistband, Stain Defender®, Antimicrobial Technology, No Wrinkles and UV Guard. Dockers® Golf is worn by top PGA Pro Tour player and San Francisco Bay Area native, Arron Oberholser, winner of the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Dockers ® San Francisco, the nation's leading brand of men's casual wear, relaunched Dockers® Golf in Fall 2006 as a key component of the brand's Four Wearing Occasions product offering, focused on providing today's modern man with the perfect wardrobe for the four key wearing occasions in his life - Work, Weekend, Dress and Golf. For information on Dockers® Golf products call 1-800-DOCKERS or visit www.Dockers.com.

About Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary Wi-Fi in all guestrooms and remote printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business center to getting the perfect night's sleep on the Garden Sleep SystemTM bed. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to work smart, eat well, stay fit and 'sleep deep' on the road regardless of their "personal business."

Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation; recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,800 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand VacationsTM, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.

For more information on Hilton Garden Inn locations or to find a complete list of golf courses or to book the Hilton Garden Inn "Great Golf Giveaway," please visit www.StayHGI.com/golf.

Contact info

Agnes Sibal
Hilton Garden Inn Brand Communications
Tel. (310) 205-4545
agnes_sibal@hilton.com

Heather Wilkins
PainePR for Hilton Garden Inn
Tel. (949) 809-6766
hwilkins@painepr.com

 
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