Hilton Reveals 100 Moments That Shaped the World

Hilton Reveals 100 Moments That Shaped the World

Hilton Marks 100th Anniversary by Uncovering
the Most Significant Moments of the Last Century across Culture,
Politics, Science and Human Endeavour

LONDON & MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week, the world’s first global hotel company, Hilton
(NYSE: HLT) 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 today
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.

Our 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[i],”
said Simon Vincent, EVP & President, Hilton, EMEA. “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.”

The top 10 moments that shaped the world were ranked as follows:

1. The end of WWII and post-war recovery (1945)
2. The first organ
transplant (1954)
3. The first heart transplant (1967)
4. The
introduction of penicillin (1942)
5. Man’s first steps on the moon
(1969)
6. The fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany
(1989)
7. The first human in space (1961)
8. The first vaccine
against tuberculosis (1927)
9. The first artificial heart (2015)
10.
The first chemotherapy treatment (1956)

Moments reaching the top spot across other categories include; the first
television in 1927 (technology), the first movie to incorporate sound in
1927 (culture), the first electric refrigerator in 1927 (food and drink)
and the invention of the first solar panels in 1954 (sustainability).

Since the opening of its first hotel, Hilton has pioneered the industry
and transformed guest travel through its own iconic moments. From
introducing room service, in-room televisions, the mini-bar and airport
hotels, last year Hilton became the first hospitality company to set
science-based targets to reduce its environmental impact. The company
was also the first to implement computerised reservation systems and
roll out Connected
Room
– the first hotel room allowing guests to unlock their doors
and control their lights, thermostat and TV with a smartphone app.
Hilton properties even invented the brownie and the piña colada.

At country level, British respondents voted overwhelmingly (51%) for the
founding of the National Health Service in 1948 as the most significant
moment for the UK in the last century. Women being granted the right to
vote in 1928 and the first world wide web connection in 1990 followed in
second (27%) and third (19%) place as the moments that have shaped the
nation.

For more information on Hilton’s 100th Anniversary visit https://newsroom.hilton.com/100

[i]https://www.cnet.com/news/the-first-call-from-a-cell-phone-was-made-46-years-ago-today/

 

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