Global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Astana Development Group in Kazakhstan.

The agreement for the 229-room Hilton Garden Inn Astana, which is expected to open in 2014, will add to Hilton’s European development pipeline of more than 115 hotels.

According to Hilton, the new-build Hilton Garden Inn Astana is part of a mixed-use development and will offer access to the new Opera House and the Khan Shatyr retail and leisure development.

The property will provide a 24-hour business centre, a fitness centre, and conference and events space totalling 507m², comprising one main function room and three additional meeting rooms.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said the company has been pursuing development deals in the Central Asia / CIS region and has signed its first hotel in Kazakhstan.

The company has witnessed rapid expansion notably in Turkey and Russia, and expects to further expand its portfolio of hotels across the region.

Currently Hilton Garden Inn’s more than 50 hotels are trading or in development in the UK, Russia, Italy, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Spain, France and Turkey.

Hilton Worldwide’s brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries.