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tion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and
Madrid, Spain. Besides opening the Istanbul Hilton, your Corporation in 1955
signed contracts to operate hotels now
being built in Egypt and West Berlin.
These hotels are in addition to other
Hilton hotels under construction in Cuba,
Canada and Mexico.
Hilton Hotels International has also
entered into preliminary agreements to
operate hotels to be constructed in Rome,
Honolulu, Tokyo and negotiations are
pending in Trinidad and a number of
Our expanding activities outside of the
continental United States are based on
sound business, and upon the contribution of our international hotels to world
trade and travel, and thereby to world
peace and understanding.
From the business point of view, we
are certain that the traveler who gets to
know us in, say, Istanbul, probably will
be our guest in New York, and that
similarly, more and more Americans who
go abroad look for, and find, a Hilton
hotel in which to stay.
At the same time, we feel that our
hotels help circulate western thought
through the countries of the world and
promote a stream of tourists and business
men across the face of the earth. New
prosperity is brought to far off areas
and world trade is encouraged.
Following by two months the opening of
the Istanbul Hilton, the Corporation in
August dedicated in Beverly Hills, California what is generally acclaimed as the
world's most luxurious hotel. The Beverly
Hilton boasts 416 ultra-modern rooms,
most of them with balconies. The hotel
features superb public and private dining
rooms, an outside swimming pool, and
specialty shops and stores encompassing
94,000 square feet of floor space on both
sides of the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.
On January 15, 1956, brilliant ceremonies marked the opening of The Statler
Hilton in Dallas, Texas. Containing 1,001
rooms, all air-conditioned, this hotel is the
largest in the southwestern United States.
The big Y-shaped building is one of the
most modern hotels in the world. It is 20
stories high and gives the impression of
being constructed entirely of glass and
aluminum. There are five ballrooms, an
assembly room, 14 dining rooms, and 26
meeting and display rooms. The main
ballroom is the biggest in the southwest
and can be opened up in such a manner
as to provide banquet space for 1,625 persons or meeting space for 2,200.