WINNIPEG, Manitoba - During an official groundbreaking ceremony this morning, Winnipeg's SK Developments Inc. was joined by government representatives, partners and Hilton Worldwide executives to announce the official name and details of the four-star Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South hotel to be developed on the SEASONS site.

The $35-million property will be the first Hilton Garden Inn in Manitoba and is being developed by local hotel developer-operator SK Developments, which will also manage the property once complete in late summer 2017. The 86,565 sq. ft. hotel will include a 3,740 sq. ft. beer vendor; indoor pool; a full-service restaurant, bar and patios, and 2,500 sq. ft. of meeting space to serve groups and businesses in the Winnipeg South area. The 127-room, six-storey property will be located off Sterling Lyon Parkway in Winnipeg's first large scale mixed-use development.

"SK Developments is thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide to bring the first Hilton Garden Inn to Winnipeg and Manitoba, where it will be the only hotel in the area," said Moni Kaila, vice president of SK Developments. "The Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South will provide tourists, business travellers and shoppers with all the amenities they need, whether they're visiting the hotel and area for business or pleasure."

Hilton Garden Inn is Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) award-winning brand of affordable hotels.

"When complete, the Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South will provide travellers with award-winning service, inviting social spaces and much more to ensure a great stay at an even greater value," said Charles Stuart, Director of Brand Performance Support, Hilton Garden Inn.

SK Developments estimates the project will create up to 150 jobs.

"Manitoba's many unique attractions welcome visitors from all over the world," said MLA Kelly Bindle, Legislative Assistant to Manitoba's Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade. "Manitoba's new government welcomes the significant investment in this project by SK Developments, their partners and Hilton Worldwide. These kind of partnerships create jobs, attract tourism dollars, and contribute to a stronger Manitoba economy."

"This great development is yet another example of how Winnipeg is on the move," said Marty Morantz, City of Winnipeg Councillor for Charleswood - Tuxedo - Whyte Ridge Ward. "I have been enthusiastically watching the development transform the area every day. I would like to thank SK Developments, Hilton Worldwide and all partners for being part of this major project."

To help mark the cycle from groundbreaking to grand opening at the event, plants from Winnipeg's Lacoste Garden Centre were distributed to guests. In 2017, guests will be invited to bring the perennials back to the grand opening event for landscapers to add to hotel grounds.

The hotel is being constructed by Thomas Design Builders Ltd. and will consist of Manitoba materials that will complement the SEASONS site. The building façade will be enhanced with a mix of red brick masonry and Manitoba Tyndall stone accents. The hotel's entryway will have a drive-through canopy and dedicated drop-off area for guests. Exterior patios will be linked to the restaurant, articulating the open-plan main floor pedestrian level where guests will enjoy flow between interior and exterior spaces. Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South guests will enjoy signature bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business centre, state-of-the-art fitness centre, Keurig coffeemakers and a full-service restaurant and bar with made-to-order breakfast, dinner and cocktails, and evening room service.

Contacts:
Jennifer Hughes
Director, Public Relations, Focused Service Brands
+1 901 374 6518
jennifer.hughes@hilton.com

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides guests with upscale accommodations and the modern amenities needed for a successful and comfortable experience for both business and leisure guests. The satisfaction promise affirms that Hilton Garden Inn will to do whatever it takes to ensure every guest is satisfied, or they don't pay. You can count on us. GuaranteedTM. Approachable team members operating at more than 675 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today's busy travelers are appreciated and have everything they need to be productive during their stay. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits, including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in and choose their room. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com.

About SK Developments Inc.
SK Developments Inc. is a family-owned land, residential, commercial and hotel developer and operator based in Winnipeg that was started by Darshan Kaila in 1988. Projects include condo developments Aspen Meadows, Mystic Pointe, and Ascent Condos at Fairfield Park; residential development Waterford Green; an Esso gas station in Oakbluff; a Henry's Carwash; and the co-development of Reenders Shopping Centre. SK Developments will manage the Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South. More at www.skdevelopments.ca.

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