A recent story in the Washington Business Journal reported Hilton execs were in D.C. earlier this week to hear what the locale could offer in the way of a new corporate home. The juicy part of the story was a source indicated that 325-350 jobs could be coming to the area, which is significantly less than the 500-plus working in Hilton's Beverly Hills headquarters. Certainly some of that number would be part of Hilton Garden Inn's relocation to Memphis, along with some back-office operations employees, but many, you'd assume, would either pass on the chance to relocate, or worse yet, not be offered the option.
D.C. is starting out behind as Montgomery County, MD officials have said they've been in discussions with Hilton for several weeks, according to the story. Hilton CEO Christoper Nassetta was asked about the move during a panel discussion at this week's ALIS in San Diego, but he didn't add much beyond the statements in the original release. The Hilton corporate employees I spoke to had yet to be offered the chance to relocate with the company.