Howard Stutz – SLS Las Vegas joins independently operated Hilton hotels chain

Howard Stutz – SLS Las Vegas joins independently operated Hilton hotels chain
Howard Stutz – SLS Las Vegas joins independently operated Hilton hotels chain Howard Stutz SLS Las Vegas joins independently operated Hilton hotels chain 3 June 2014By Howard Stutz LAS VEGAS — The SLS Las Vegas Hotel Casino, which is scheduled to open in late August, will become part of a new chain of independently operated Hilton Worldwide hotels.The announcement Monday places the $415 million SLS into Hilton’s Curio brand.Among the hotels in the collection are the SLS Las Vegas, The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, S.D.; The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a soon-to-be named hotel development in downtown Portland, Ore.The deal allows members of the Hilton HHonors program to use and earn points at the participating hotels.“Curio expands our portfolio to a total of 11 exceptional brands and creates additional opportunities to serve our existing customers even better, attract new customers and grow our pipeline,” Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide, said in a statement.SLS is the renovated Sahara. The hotel-casino will have 1,620 rooms and suites. Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.