Dream big to achieve something
Success stories are not built in the day and you cannot expect
continuous boom in it. There are few hurdles and few failures. However,
gradually accomplishments take place and we get to hear the story of a huge
empire. The story of Hilton Hotel Chains is similar. The brain behind the
Hilton is Conrad Hilton. He was a man made of ambitions and dreams.
Conrad Hilton was born in San Antonio, New Mexico on 1887.
Receiving education from Mining Institute, he was an engineer by profession. However,
his interest was in banking sector. When he was 31, his first bank went
bankrupt. However, banking was never his cup of tea. After arriving in CISCO
(TX), 31-year-old Hilton stayed at Mobley Hotel. He was at the situation where there
were no rooms available and customers had to go to other places to sleep. Even,
the owner was supposed to retire. We can
say that he was at the right time and he brought Mobley hotel. He included lot
of rooms to avoid queues.
Earlier, hotels were just gloomy retiring rooms for the
guests. However, Mr Hilton thought of adding some new features to entertain the
guests. He started small window shops in the lobby around that sold daily
consumption items. Later, he became the owner of 350 guests rooms and came to a
circumstance where he could build his own hotel. In the year 1925, he opened
Dallas Hilton that had 300 rooms. At the start of 30s, US faced economic
slowdown and hotel companies were forced to sell their business. Mr Hilton sold
his business and became manager at Hilton hotels chain. The owner of Hilton
hired him as the manager and also wanted to sell him his business back.
However, after few years he bounced back and acquired one of
the most luxurious hotels in New York – Waldorf-Astoria. He made the largest
deal in 1954, when he acquired his competitor Statler Hotels Company. The
features of Hilton hotels were the comfort they provided in door like air
conditioner, alarm clocks and direct dialing phones among others. The hotels
were built close to airports and docks among others making it accessible to the
travelers. Hotel Hilton and Mr Hilton came up as a rising star after initial
hiccups and failures. For more tips, follow Woodstock Hospitality blog.