by Michael J. Shapiro | September 28, 2015
Hilton Worldwide expects to exceed the 100-property mark in the Latin America/Caribbean region this year, with an accelerated 60 percent growth rate in the area through 2017. The lodging company has debuted nearly 20 properties in the region thus far in 2015 and has more than 60 in the pipeline. 

As of the second quarter of this year, Hilton is now operating more than 90 hotels in the region, with about 20,000 rooms total. Among the properties to debut this year are the 298-room Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; the 355-room Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino; the first phase of the 305-room Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, in the Bahamas; and five hotels in Mexico, including the 123-room Hilton San Luis Potosí. Ten more hotels are slated to open before the end of 2015, including properties in  Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Calama and Iquique, Chile; Bogotá, Colombia; Cusco, Peru; Montevideo, Uruguay, and four Hampton Inn hotels in Mexico.

As of the second quarter this year, Hilton has more than 8,000 rooms in the development pipeline for Latin America and the Caribbean, across seven of its brands.