Cornell and Hilton Worldwide renew strategic alliance for hospitality research and innovation

Nov 25, 2013

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, 607.254.1368, am754@cornell.edu

Hilton Worldwide and Cornell have renewed a three-year strategic corporate alliance to support education and research at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA).

"Cornell and Hilton Worldwide have a historic partnership dating back to Conrad Hilton's association with the school. With Hilton Worldwide's strategic alliance renewal, we are very grateful for the continuing support of our students, faculty, and alumni and are excited to expand our relationship," said Meg Keilbach, assistant dean, alumni affairs and development, SHA. "As one of the premier global leaders in our industry, Hilton Worldwide brings a wealth of knowledge, innovation, and global expertise to our strategic corporate alliance program."

Under the renewed alliance, Hilton Worldwide will:
  • continue as a corporate partner of the Center for Hospitality Research and support the school's research projects;

  • continue as an industry fellow of the Center for Real Estate and Finance, which creates knowledge about real estate and the impact of capital markets on commercial real estate;

  • become a corporate member of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, a platform for students, employers, employees, unions, and their advocates involved in the hospitality industry; and

  • sponsor the school's premier industry events, including the Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards, Dean's Leadership Series, Cornell Hospitality Research Summit, and Hotel Ezra Cornell.

"At Hilton Worldwide, each of us is dedicated to our founder's vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality," said Kevin Jacobs, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Hilton Worldwide. "This strategic alliance with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration gives us an exciting opportunity to share this vision with the next generation of hospitality leaders and innovators who will continue to define the future of our industry."

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonorsTM. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.