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Hilton Hotels Corporation. Hilton Hotels, 1956 Annual Report - Image 18. 1956. Hospitality Industry Archives, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 25, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hiltonar/item/598/show/579.

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Hilton Hotels Corporation. (1956). Hilton Hotels, 1956 Annual Report - Image 18. Annual Reports from the Hospitality Industry Archives. Hospitality Industry Archives, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hiltonar/item/598/show/579

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Hilton Hotels Corporation, Hilton Hotels, 1956 Annual Report - Image 18, 1956, Annual Reports from the Hospitality Industry Archives, Hospitality Industry Archives, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston, accessed October 25, 2020, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hiltonar/item/598/show/579.

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Title Hilton Hotels, 1956 Annual Report
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
Publisher Hilton Hotels Corporation
Date 1956
Description Hilton Hotels Annual Report for calendar year 1956.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Hospitality industry
  • Hotel management
  • Corporation reports
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
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  • annual reports
  • business records
Language English
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Original Item Location Conrad N. Hilton Papers
Digital Collection Annual Reports from the Hospitality Industry Archives
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hiltonar
Repository Hospitality Industry Archives, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston
Repository URL http://www.uh.edu/hilton-college/About/hospitality-industry-archives
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Transcript E A prime objective of Hilton Hotels Corporation is to maintain a standard of excellence for all its hotels which rivals or exceeds that of the hotels when new. While they may vary in personality from city to city, each hotel is representative of the finest in hotel accommodations. In 1956, $8,301,918 was spent on improvements and modernization alone—almost twice as much as the $4,214,431 expended in 1955. As part of a continuing program for the comfort of guests, $4,293,000 was spent last year on air-conditioning for Hilton and Statler hotels in Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Work at the Palmer House alone involved the air-conditioning of 1,230 rooms, at a cost of $1,275,000. The current program contemplates virtually complete air-conditioning for the few hotels still lacking complete systems. Last year two new Imperial Suites were constructed on the top of The Conrad Hilton. Each features a glassed-in living room measuring 40 by 50 feet, with a fireplace, dining area, bar, kitchen, two bedrooms, and three baths. Master bedrooms open on terrace gardens. The suites fill a long-standing need for luxury accommodations for visiting guests of state. A "Helicab" service for hotel guests and the general public was inaugurated at The Conrad Hilton last year. Helicopters furnish direct transportation between the hotel's roof-top and Chicago's airports. Cruising at 90 miles per hour, the "Helicab" service has reduced airport travel time by 90%. An extensive improvement and modernization program was carried out at virtually all hotels during 1956. At the Buffalo Statler, for example, eighteen projects were completed, costing $335,000, the largest of which was a $90,000 installation of TV equipment. At the St. Louis Statler, a total of $68,000 was spent for new laundry equipment. One continuing program at several older properties involves the conversion of direct current electrical wiring to alternating current. This service, which the patron is seldom aware of, involved an expenditure of $175,000 at The Waldorf-Astoria and The Conrad Hilton in 1956. Better telephone service was provided last year at The Plaza in New York through the installation of a new switchboard. The change, which was effected without inconvenience to guests, cost $23,500. The Waldorf- Astoria is presently engaged in installing a new telephone system that will enable guests to dial direct for local calls, long distance operators, and all service departments within the hotel. This will vastly improve service for guests, and effect operating economies for the hotel. An important aspect of Hilton Hotels management involves the conversion of non-productive space into revenue-producing facilities. This has come to be known as "digging for gold," and is responsible for a large measure of the Corporation's success. This formula was applied in a number of instances in 1956. At The Shamrock Hilton in Houston, for example, a vacated fur shop was. converted into the Satsuma Lounge. At Chicago's Palmer House, the old Chicago Room is being replaced by The Traders Restaurant, similar in decor and operation to the widely acclaimed and very successful Traders at the Beverly Hilton. 16