This week Hilton celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1919 in rural Texas, Hilton now has a global reach of 5,700 hotels in 113 countries and territories, and its hotels have provided the backdrop to many of the world’s iconic moments. In celebration of its global relevance and pioneering impact on the hospitality sector, Hilton has reveals 100 moments that have shaped the modern world.
The international survey which polled 7,000 people, voted the conclusion of the second World War, which opened the world up to a new era of recovery and reconnection, as the most impactful moment of the last century, followed by the first organ transplant in 1954 and the first heart transplant in 1967.
Simon Vincent of Hilton said founder Conrad Hilton believed in the power of international travel to foster world peace and encourage human connection.
"For the past 100 years, our hotels have been the stage for some of the world’s most iconic events, from the first ‘bed-in for peace’ which took place at Hilton Amsterdam 50 years ago, to the world’s first mobile phone call that took place in front of The New York Hilton Midtown in 1973.
"Hilton is woven into the fabric of the communities in which we operate, and over the past century, we have welcomed 3 billion guests through our doors, employing 10 million Team Members and contributing $1 trillion in economic impact," he said.