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Hilton Extends Stay in Virginia

Hilton HQ McLean

Hilton Headquarters, Fairfax County


Business Hospitality in the Commonwealth

Founded in 1919, Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising nearly 7,300 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its 100+-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years.

In 2009, Hilton invested $17 million to relocate its global headquarters from Beverly Hills, California to Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, Virginia, creating 300 new jobs. In 2011, the company invested $1.8 million to expand and relocate an additional 100 jobs in supply management to Fairfax County. In 2023, Hilton made the decision to double down on its Virginia headquarters, investing in significant upgrades to the facility and creating 350 new jobs by 2027.

The Virginia Solution

Accommodations for the Future

Hilton originally selected Virginia for its headquarters relocation because the Commonwealth represented a central location with strategic domestic and international access and significantly reduced operating costs in comparison to its former Beverly Hills campus. For more than a decade, the company has continued to invest in the region because of the wealth of talent available in Northern Virginia, one of the most educated and diverse regions in the United States. The 2022 headquarters retention and expansion to create hundreds of additional jobs showcases Virginia’s ability to deliver a top-tier talent pipeline for years after an original deal.  

Hilton extended its lease another 15 years and will re-imagine the 220,000-square-foot headquarters space in Tysons Corner to create an even more vibrant place to convene and collaborate, fully integrating technology into the office experience to meet the needs of today’s professionals. The expansion will bring its workforce at the Fairfax County office to over 1,000 employees. Hilton has steadily grown its footprint from occupying about a third of the building to 70% today.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the hospitality industry, and Hilton was not immune. The company has since established a new vision, focusing on how technology can transform the hospitality sector. Virginia’s workforce is ready: named the No. 2 Tech Talent Pipeline in the nation (Business Facilities 2023), the Commonwealth is making major investments to develop tech talent, STEM-oriented education programs and partnerships, and innovative tools to prepare its workforce, in lock step with Hilton as the iconic global brand moves into the future of hospitality.

Northern Virginia has been Hilton’s home for more than a decade, and the region has played an instrumental role in helping us create the best, most inclusive home for our Team Members while also managing the demands of a global business. We appreciate the continued support of the Commonwealth of Virginia in ensuring we continue to attract strong, diverse talent to our vibrant, growing region.

Chris Nassetta
President and CEO, Hilton