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HLT Hilton Worldwide

Participants
Chris Nassetta President, Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Jacobs Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jill Slattery Vice President, Investor Relations
Stephen Grambling Goldman Sachs
Harry Curtis Instinet
Shaun Kelley Bank of America
Thomas Allen Morgan Stanley
Joe Greff JPMorgan
Carlo Santarelli Deutsche Bank
Anthony Powell Barclays
Robin Farley UBS
Bill Crow Raymond James
Jeff Donnelly Wells Fargo
Smedes Rose Citi Group
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Hilton Worldwide, Second Quarter 2019, Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] After today’s presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Jill Slattery, Vice President, Investor Relations. ahead. go Please

Jill Slattery

Welcome Chad. Second XXXX Quarter Thank to Call. Earnings you, Hilton’s

could to we include that results statements those made begin, our and we only as forward-looking remind in forward-looking materially the indicated would Actual today will Before forward-looking morning of like you today. statements from this our statements. to speak differ expectations discussions

We revise these undertake statements. no obligation to publicly update or

of some actual the of discussion of most section results Risk differ, a that cause the Form For could filed see to please Factors XX-K. our recently factors

In measures addition, non-GAAP we will refer to on certain financial this call.

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current President Chief company’s provide for Nassetta, the results Officer, the year. review Executive Chris outlook. on Kevin our morning an Jacobs, quarter second expectations This then President and Officer, and will environment provide Financial operating update and our our Chief and of Executive the Vice will an overview our

Following be their happy your questions. remarks to take we will

that, with the call to I’m turn Chris. over to pleased And

Chris Nassetta

us Jill. joining and Good everyone thanks morning for you, Thank today.

happy report We’re great quarter results. to of another

network I model and our our think the business further power of that of the demonstrates strength effect.

bottom growth our line unit drive EPS with continued net and to expectations. adjusted EBITDA Solid performance strong exceeding

drive Additionally the loyalty winning program RevPAR our sixth market to our growth for gains. distinct outperformed experience share brands, award and to the chain consecutive continue that scales robust industry weighted customer XX quarter, illustrating exceptional

expectations share broader largely the in and and points the quarter, X.X% brands. with Asia grew with in Overall our System-wide in RevPAR our gains across XXX system-wide all choppiness as all gains regions increased year-to-date U.S. index market basis second Pacific. offset our line RevPAR

leisure steady business increased demand, Easter the X.X% good RevPAR holiday Transient shift. boosted and trends by on

softer to in shifts quarter. performance As expected, the contributed group calendar

are growth estimates. outlook, modestly for but with these non-residential bit profit remain previous we than Turning trends, X% fixed Consistent full to guidance year investment corporate RevPAR to our lower GDP, positive, to adjusting a our and forecast incrementally X%.

the of softer to U.S. the RevPAR RevPAR half Overall first we and slightly growth. with similar to year be international half the expect consistent second growth

We transient business mid-point the range. to the system-wide mid-point of business leisure steady and range our healthy continued and towards expect our high-end group towards of

with growth we EBITDA guidance the increasing the Even net our growth significant are and slightly given top-line areas business. strength contribution other lower forecast, the in adjusted unit for year of of

ahead a capital-light ourselves fulfill lodging Longer we term, we for experiences ability disciplined of every and confident hotel to as the remain time. to deliver every growth every guest, business we broader model within continue strategy, in at efficient exceptional an With differentiate industry mission our to deliver the space. our

our culture innovative to platforms, winning and guests, technology unique to incremental us product owners award allow offering our delivering value strategy this Our shareholders. our execute and

months of our continues reaching a Of hotels greater, more profitability brand in just The XXX hotels opening reached owner index than or greater already share portfolio XXXX, to four drive the within average. with opened market XX% strength have and therefore roughly XXX fair those of owner of RevPAR on interest. we

For the construction for on we starts track signings, openings. full remain record year and

full pipeline, to of mid-single signings. increase signings record growth for This of year. supports in than consecutive ninth to XXXX our year in the low Forecasted would in mark XXX,XXX our more development continued we rooms digits which the expect

XX% base. rooms our of Our totals existing approximately or current over pipeline XXX,XXX

for more not to our expect XX,XXX than totaling deliver system, to deals of than the deliver do XX% to hotels, with we we’ve our require capital. of the from XXX system solid use Given net fees. unit strength X.X% us, year. which growth Year-to-date and capital full higher rooms any growth our of drives our to deminimus net More continue added continue

opportunity delivering mid-market, development We growth well secular greatest given to think the index are premiums. globally in our the continue middle-class. by the very in trends positioned an impressive we segment Overall strong we RevPAR leading emerging the driven lies believe service industry given focus

During new Hilton expect Tru celebrate Homewood XXXXth XXXth of XXXX strength hotel, opening legacy across demonstrating and our XXXth Inn, Suites, our Garden the our continued Hampton, to we brands. our XXXth and both

our growth needs gaining is further designed Chinese in to Hilton New the and Asia Additionally, and our Garden Pacific. meet Inn feeling momentum owners better prototype great of guests

as to luxury development properties track year to We also XXXX forecasts for continue year, XXX strategy our luxury exciting segment. we’re in XX% our momentum see than this an grow impressive luxury With year deliver to the we by more previous on in over on in execute portfolio any history.

Astoria four opened Maldives Waldorf this the earlier including we’ve properties, anticipated highly month. Year-to-date

Center Additionally ago, just its Dubai with pipeline. weeks three stores properties Financial the Astoria a in the Waldorf other three Waldorf Middle opened additional joining the opened an few in East

signing In to the our Cabos the Caribbean, development in Africa will first which the this later Astoria quarter Tapestry we Waldorf open first including announcements growth, the of further Los our in Mexico, expect several we and made exciting year. continue that in Pedregal Canopy to

historic many brand We in our us also to damage come. strategy regions all years breadth extensive Caribe growth should after The were to spanning net hurricane from thrilled Rico, segments development following renovations for of drive and unit to Hilton Puerto Maria. reopen the position

have more the long trends and secular for signing of total feel our over unit no than strength continued visibility very solid years, term. we construction good significant growth with growth few our accounting next the we favorable conversions, and pipeline, under in our repositioning, rooms about into brand and With over net half

anchored is more in proposition portfolio to nearly than in quarter value Honors million guests, leading XXX increases basis points An now overall We members, XX more industry with the to the program. have of occupancy XX% up by integral Honors part engagement. increased Hilton meaningful XX%. than winning our year-over-year award Our

for account members. of than members more Active half global our

number with also members of gaining elite versus and the XXX guests members XX% wallet are same period reaching nearly of the nights, from up those in a year-over-year loyal We up last year. our greater XX% second quarter share most

and With looking earning a and and always Honors of for redeeming better increased mind, first leader rideshare connect coming its partnership and announce provide ride with flexibility now will the with with Honors they Lyft. months. points were and points. that travel to when We’re Lyft can we ability Members they ways in hospitality the have earn points kind thrilled redeem to our in members to

property such our the Connected out Lyft, Honors partnerships our to and like of members Live or the initiatives it’s we leaders Nation are most Room, on continually Whether program. enable evolving as get with to Amazon

opportunities few our with have. provided alone innovations, Anniversary, our celebrated recently travel our members. companies a range the of and markets that history we let momentum XXXth We which wide achieve, introduced team Throughout numerous we’ve milestone new for career a is pioneered

century. We us the accomplished we’ve next are allocation, in approach of very strategy the resilient last world positive a proud we’re we with continuing over the good business century this positively for think well and influence very forward capital a industry model, to around and the all look to Overall, disciplined future. to growth, positioned

results details us to Kevin more going to turn give some I’m that, call over our and outlook. our the on to With

Kevin Jacobs

basis, versus good everyone. In expectations. RevPAR our the and largely neutral the morning in-line a X.X% currency Chris prior grew with system-wide year on Thanks quarter

and results tempered basis by estimate leisure system-wide calendar benefited share Chris slowing XXX demand. Chinese market points. roughly shifts offset group gains, As mentioned, growth RevPAR business from We softer slightly by

Adjusted high our increasing EBITDA of range, guidance exceeded XX% $XXX million the of year-over-year. end

items to was license the timing million $XX by beat performance in expected back cost largely due of greater Our than We was driven year. better the half reverse that the control. and fees estimate of roughly will

franchise and XX% RevPAR fees. to items million, and per increased $X.XX management quarter fees strong net earnings adjusted for share to $XXX unit ahead driven of grew helped by the In other X% growth special non expectations. Diluted

our share growth, X%, by outlook, U.S. performance on second quarter regional the while to weighed shift RevPAR transient comparable group and business. Turning Easter market solid and increasing driven grew leisure

For full macro range, growth. but in forecast RevPAR growth on system-wide positive, modestly based we with year decelerating line guidance XXXX our U.S.

outside which the particularly benefited Brazil, demand due second across market In U.S. transient grew from largely strength the robust versus despite quarter South the RevPAR to America, prior Americas conditions. year, challenging X.X% in

growth X%. X% For in full the to XXXX region we expect RevPAR year to be

quarter, Cup Continental and from rates. which leisure grew by Europe, Cricket increase demand London, X% RevPAR the and benefited rising across favorable boosted World exchange inbound due international Europe in strong the trends in to in travel

full given year XXXX high-end the Europe RevPAR expect growth trends favorable modestly to offset We range, Europe, be above uncertainty guidance Brexit. in our surrounding continental system-wide by continued across of

in Africa and group RevPAR East by positive during performance the region In the quarter strong slightly was helped Ramadan. Middle

the half across mute challenges continue Egypt, to of continue UAE in trend expect year. supply gains a leisure transient to in the back we the However

low single we XXXX the growth region be to down the year full in expect For in RevPAR digits.

RevPAR Pacific Asia largely the X% RevPAR Kong. a in in decline increased ongoing China, quarter, by Hong travel the pressured leisure due softening with to Chinese In in protests demand, the region further slight

full system-wide XXXX For in-line in flat, the quarter and with for we RevPAR guidance, be with potential to softer RevPAR a of year China reflecting the expect performance in relatively region continuation growth trends.

as during sheet, three repay quarter term additional we facility issued to years million extending part balance billion notes senior the partially of XXXX. proceeds loans and $XXX the to Turning our the for of $X used of to that

increase average nearly years to lengthened our and amended two billion by debt. our weighted to also financings negligible reducing at These credit facility our that sizing up $X.XX average We rate. facility, of weighted cost a revolving borrowing our maturity

more Moving and We EPS to increase mid-point. the representing special of of expect for guidance, to X% growth of X% a adjusted $X.XX to diluted of for full adjusted X% $X.XX. $X.XX billion, we EBITDA XXXX items at $X.XX RevPAR billion year-over-year forecast the year than

quarter growth we RevPAR X% of to third the For system-wide X%. expect

adjusted ranges $XXX share $XXX EBITDA $X.XX. our repurchases. of not Please million expect diluted items do We EPS million note special that adjusted guidance of and to $X.XX incorporate to for future

we of paid to dividend second cash million in a per total $XX return, a of on the quarter Moving capital during dividends. for share $X.XX

quarterly dividend a Our authorized Board also of the share third $X.XX for cash quarter. per

million buybacks the Year-to-date returned to and of dividends. form we in shareholders $XXX have

$X.X and buybacks and quarter shareholders found could this we our dividends. form on be second the XXXX Further Earnings morning. return expect to the guidance between issued billion and earlier For ranges to results our billion $X.X of details we Release latest in in

all now to we you prepared morning, would the We to with question. may of ask to yourself our would this questions We so you have. limit like that speak for like completes open any one remarks. This you line

can question have we first Chad, our please.

Operator

comes question ahead. First today from Instructions] Goldman Stephen Please Sachs. with [Operator Grambling go Sure.

Stephen Grambling

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Chris Nassetta

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exceed know growth second importantly growth. the international And the in brands is both, again year-to-date, we equal in around pipeline all and across of quarters really notable an that growth that we nuance quarter higher can index what’s will is regions is the incremental in good have couple to in expect is and in terms the wonderful so market the the sense would regions that important, that of I the absolute – is know in come U.S., is, we growth which in that you or mentioned absolute index an and a to I I a think harbinger world. all index ago, as our sense things So more and quarter, our you drive it share think first that about the

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Stephen Grambling

remarks in made the partnerships Fair of the enough program. loyalty and your you've had mentioned then you some with

and of know fund loyalty Flywheel and are you guess to that we allowing points As know you the therefore drives earning a through accretive those folks some to you redemptions the should that being, opportunities burning I and where or be of biggest are reinvest thinking kind and of reinvestment redeeming points as generally a system see. from more from standpoint, you those,

Chris Nassetta

– a of think I couple are there mean I Well, things.

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think larger is twice other way this a when about engagement I really were important the much they think what our and are you base. numbers, off which

half or you If our back in what others XX%, industry, was the ago, years our probably numbers with loyalty go I XX%. of is, think consistent of six engagement of it members lot seven a

are We that? over XX%. now Why is

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to will lower a from more level bit and engagement You and what I describing, think see of said customer really but will direct base from continue getting higher having greater as level of the members both more this on provide you're it's that for Flywheel relationships. focused members it I us, our is and

Stephen Grambling

Thanks much. color. helpful Super so

Operator

from question with The Instinet. next ahead. Harry go Curtis comes Please

Harry Curtis

everybody. putting the is hat Chris, some factors affecting to projection like I kind morning on. of XXXX. wanted good This your on Hey, focus of

temporarily put being fellow at to your the you of quarters and degree is about for to that in talked talk of least affected not this of uncertainty? you of spend last for by of trade we've today? As on level guidance couple year willingness least hold to in of and you spend know because half what CEOs, expectations at next think kind any terms only impacting also that CEOs but your there's the at the political any of that, that, year and Do back their

Chris Nassetta

other not I part you a impact. know talking sort to, you I you the on which subjectively the friends, to anybody connected talking to going but connected Well, having world definitely you bunch to answer yes. political is whole know of is sort CEOs, world looking I think what's mean is think know just just some answering know you of is of in other the first, scientifically, it trade talk second know obvious which the at you to things

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said I which is the that, it's again like not say Having what flag, all a red is seen I stop. would flag. like caution have

I of sort quietly reasonably optimistic. know think still people you are

carrying at they it's second your and and subjective although I XXXX of and answer are this our try it's point. and ahead super think the way expectation early I'll year for the half question,

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going is Now right. Who to that be what happened? knows,

little where incrementally could better, they don’t I mean, know. a could get incrementally they I think – I get

about think but you, I way to the I second like to XXXX today, otherwise. me of would have would the here today? XXXX I doing, sitting this question don't I because year, intel think ask enough I early think about about a think half are if it’s you judge, lot think how what

Harry Curtis

that. Thanks everyone. leave Alright, I’ll at it

Chris Nassetta

Alright.

Operator

of question comes America. Kelley of go Please Shaun next Bank ahead. The from

Shaun Kelley

direct just it Hi, want morning I more similar ask maybe question, at growth. everyone. sort Chris, good to but of unit a

you growth – in you of view I your pipeline remains quarter, for sequential overall saw steady think the but a know obviously know full know year So some this very pipeline modest growth. pretty for amount the we you

developers commentary have out and there people quickly this activity level Just corporate willing and you're specifically out conversion are what on able from what rate deals, to and are signings, you softness any the how sign you do impact growth what's able the just know to of to your a the do from or perspective? there what’s you seen unit

Chris Nassetta

great, I’ll Yeah, on question to a more know of question little as and maybe you well. great follow Harry's answer bit

answer mean point not in I short anywhere of me and is we sort trends seen terms no, signing, have new units the fact in in a of in the this of world at the in starts. excuse terms deceleration

We and be expect starts to globally both in the up. for U.S.

it development if community, at developers us little financing are time in our real work experience the tell bit. our even it So debt markets more done. our you more tightening a look is would are though are getting scientifically, – What says they easily, getting

operating the So are we see development in that described the in yet environment. none that flags I caution environment of

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of conversion a have you that prepared So representing more under I record think very visibility the brands very good know a have feel I years base, give and NUG. in huge to good we I half that, I know pipeline to good pipeline my comments, XX% given continue next got that the the do think briefly we to in ability said into is as more deliver given our few you and that already construction, delivering than very we’ve of the about track

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get thing. about early think will even but we next I environment growth way As year, its to store into it, do same same a you lower know in the

world the yet is are it well, really I as business where net and growth is resilient and understand as strong and have which a this business what recognize been the we same store we has hopefully in that unit think is that do has saying to choppy – but in that because that result, and start that more is resilient business deliver run the line results bottom growth results we been and as environment we year that. deliver we a weaker, these post-spin we will is quarter-by-quarter to very that deliver intend comparable doing people and to will deliver we continue comparable model an of we kind been to

Shaun Kelley

much. very you Thank

Operator

next comes go Morgan The from Please question ahead. Allen Stanley. of Thomas

Thomas Allen

morning. good Hey,

impressive and are you at to the on hotel remember of going your brand, when I announced now the up it's open XXXX So beginning you this that XXXth Tru year.

other there that As do you are size? you any do to more and opportunities could around more new similar think a brands, come work

Chris Nassetta

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have works, advanced things the of couple a the of skunk in about one more You know talk much sort I’ll other. than we

many sense – on in times this this it. we announced call said brand Tru and is the a of mega when and I've

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the and of hundreds that think hundreds in potential has that terms of of do around you world. and amount know hotels huge I hundreds a brand

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to brands are to not launching So three be every year clear. we going be

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Thomas Allen

Helpful, confidence... And U.S. to just thank bit then at par little look you Rev corporate a challenge you. comment, so on we if the

Chris Nassetta

comment? Which

Thomas Allen

the seen on Rev weakest year. was Rev That’s corporate of confidence the mean on show deteriorating. consistent, to month June I idea growth. consistent keeps on growth all the we've of par Just outlook par that the U.S.

So group or it we Thanks. bit. you expecting in seeing talk Rev are a deteriorating that stronger things? production to you is reconcile bookings the growth like when U.S. be two or Like are feels par guys to those just consistent. Can just

Chris Nassetta

on see going things right, has two and third very whether really they say strong quarter would I we'll think One, a particularly simply but I group are we are logical. base.

leveraging we of sort off were that. So of

are the easier, comps is The right. second thing

of that we that reason the for half in better were so the was comps in year, second U.S. thought we the sort reasons of the bunch a whole wiped it would easier that out. of of So the part be

zone. on books, time off and tenth between year-to-date, it of group be most a So two-tenths tick-off. know similar. at easier base with strong being we've I of or we think be rounding. the in you may may be the I'm QX outcome like what but it'll It very It delivered mean will comps we already be that feel a very

Kevin Jacobs

Sunday also has the SPR which evaluating of year, sort are talked to June people June been I the a and in swapped And for think numbers. about Thomas, we this Friday

and of out So you June Talk] made little an at way. we [ a June if bit Cross see – look you look can at

Chris Nassetta

not May and was great – really was but May Yeah, really April that than June, strong. was

yeah, world we the – by incrementally So definitely little and hand same has think wouldn't I saying weaker. view at into of comment, down June. end I from the a guidance mean said on in is world bringing the too are top I the read overall that much other it point my store we bit a our

debating it's by – I in not saw described, you. that the think not going given what year. at forecast to the we we be just property, we We granular I'm the with a we're just know half in look in of factors So first U.S. as to that you similar – way the

as also half the and half I first will the a but if going less in the rest average international and the will Europe be world, lower the international confident. of worse be driving the second particular the had the outperforming to APac, is still but is China in which all second other outperforming be, pretty the than going definitely for year half, we clearly half – so we're strong in we which on first no – Japan It's mean much, to in Europe won't China reason of be of then very than first year, will Continental be think be

Thomas Allen

Really helpful color. you. Thank

Chris Nassetta

Okay.

Operator

from The Please Joe next Greff ahead. question comes go of JPMorgan.

Joe Greff

underwriting the Kevin, One give can you developers it can IRR versus year of morning getting hotel pipeline. increased what everybody. of with requests development, or Thank you an are question helping to or hotel you Maybe two look ago. then you. signings, versus involved? now sense a to be to to Good the And related us extent a at maybe are capital to Chris China. say what in respect the terms for U.S.

Chris Nassetta

are two they than underwriting so know I IRRs Yes, or think don't dramatically year a you were people different ago.

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Joe Greff

Thank you.

Chris Nassetta

Sure.

Operator

next will from with Bank. ahead. Please Santarelli Deutsche question The Carlo be go

Carlo Santarelli

one then follow-up. a quick one quick just guys, Hey and

for Just in this much kind economic in that second your more your terms half thinking is right the guys obviously activity forward XXXX kind guidance the driving outlook the capital are Chris, And you U.S. of then the guys at are looking of period. about as of of you raise how return pace year versus broadly, just now?

know activity ahead at returns your buyback right about altered think now, looking strategy you you As stance have all. capital or on you

Chris Nassetta

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Kevin Jacobs

Yeah.

Carlo Santarelli

you. thank Great,

Chris Nassetta

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Carlo Santarelli

thank Great, you both.

Operator

Please Powell Barclays. comes with next The from ahead. go question Anthony

Anthony Powell

in I morning. to China. good a bit more want Hello, focus

leisure be high or Is resorts Tiers there Tier on some it more different the the moderate maybe demand and slower down detail slowed pretty in times. a end in corporate great? demand X mentioned some and leisure that compared more You to few based cities government broad will is

Kevin Jacobs

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Chris Nassetta

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Anthony Powell

thank Alright, you.

Operator

from Farley question The be go Please will Robin ahead. UBS. next of

Robin Farley

Great.

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Kevin Jacobs

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Robin Farley

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Kevin Jacobs

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Robin Farley

great. you. Okay, Thank

Operator

Crow from is of Please James. Raymond ahead. next Bill question go Our

Bill Crow

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Chris Nassetta

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Bill Crow

answer. and thorough a satisfying That's

So appreciate Thanks Chris. I’ll I it. leave there. it

Chris Nassetta

offline. Alright, it we’ll debate

Bill Crow

Yeah, you got it.

Chris Nassetta

Alright.

Operator

Our Donnelly next with Please from go ahead. Fargo. comes question Jeff Wells

Jeff Donnelly

Kevin. One, guess could. one I guess, follow-ups maybe for is two I if this

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Kevin Jacobs

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Chris Nassetta

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Jeff Donnelly

end kind the of if acceleration it horse, of like second you up that year and this a the much like comps in you don’t tough to the half steady half to said, growth, And you annual to assume Chris, to because guidance pull need let’s X% the unlikely half beat internationally want if of but of will? of to because the the just are top RevPAR, year, what's in would is and the facing now X% just I getting first you your feels dead year, U.S. path year back the

Chris Nassetta

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Jeff Donnelly

Great, thanks guys.

Chris Nassetta

Yep.

Operator

go Group. of Please ahead. will Smedes question next Rose be The from Citi

Smedes Rose

you. thank Hi,

you. ask I them, You’ve gotten of just but to wanted most to

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Chris Nassetta

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Smedes Rose

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Chris Nassetta

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Smedes Rose

Thank Great. you.

Operator

I over session. would turn any for the to Nassetta Ladies our back and conference the concludes like this Chris closing gentlemen, question-and-answer remarks.

Chris Nassetta

Thanks everybody.

time to friends Get the some with the you Take care. time. As We'll enjoys be the with everybody and family. to and taking always of appreciate we talking forward hope third rest look relax and you summer. after quarter your

Operator

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