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Hilton Worldwide Team Member Receives Rising Star Award For Tourism & Hospitality

Hilton Worldwide is proud to announce that its Cluster Director of Business Development: Hilton Durban, Hilton Sandton and Hilton Windhoek, Craig Donaldson, received the Rising Star Award in the Tourism & Hospitality category at the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards held at Hilton Sandton on 28th July 2014.

“The awards recognise exemplary talent in a variety of industries and we are thrilled and incredibly proud of Craig for receiving this accolade. Team member development is a crucial part of Hilton Worldwide’s strategy and partnering with initiatives that celebrate, support and connect local talent is an essential way of nurturing team spirit and enthusiasm to develop future leaders,” said Jan Van der Putten, vice president of operations: Africa & Indian Ocean Islands.

On receiving the award, Craig expressed his excitement at receiving the Rising Star award and his gratitude to the Hilton Worldwide team, “The selection process was intense and I sincerely appreciate the support I received from my fellow team members. I am motivated to be part of the Rising Stars’ network and look forward to connecting with future leaders over the coming months.”

Craig started working for the group when he joined Hilton Durban in 2005 as an intern working at the front desk. Upon completing his internship, he moved to the reservations desk where he discovered his passion in revenue development. Since 2009, Craig has been part of the Southern Africa cluster, focusing on driving revenue and sales for Hilton Sandton, Durban and Windhoek.

The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards is run by Black Bark Productions with the aim of recognizing, supporting and connecting South Africa’s business talent below the age of 40.

Laura Barker, managing director of Black Bark Productions said, “To identify, recognize, develop and celebrate exceptional individuals who lead the way is important if a country is to grow and excel.”

“It is for this reason that Hilton Worldwide partnered with Black Bark to be part of this initiative. The partnership is testament to the central role team member development plays at Hilton Worldwide,” said Jan

Launched in 2012, the initiative features talent from eleven categories which include ICT, Energy & Chemicals, Banking & Financial Services, Tourism & Hospitality, Media & Marketing and Entrepreneur & SMME.

Candidates are nominated by industry peers and participate in a range of assessments that identify their competencies. A shortlist of five (5) candidates is developed and each candidate is required to compile and present an industry-related case study to a panel of experts. The process is concluded with an in-depth interview with the panel of relevant industry experts and the category winner is then chosen.

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Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) 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 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,100 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, 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 HHonors®.