ORLANDO, Fla. – Paris Hilton (search) knows something about nightclubs, so it makes sense the hotel heiress is the inspiration for a handful of clubs that will bear her name.
Club Paris (search), named after "The Simple Life" (search) star, plans to open on New Year's Eve in Orlando. Local businessman Fereidoun "Fred" Khalilian hopes to open other Club Paris nightclubs in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami Beach, London and Paris.
Hilton will earn a "seven-figure" signing bonus for lending her name to the club. In return, she is contractually obligated to appear at the club at least twice a month. Hilton also helped select the interior design and is scheduled to attend the opening.
"Anything she touches is big," he said. "The marketing is unbelievable."
The club will have state-of-the-art DJ booths, a separate martini-and-cigar lounge and a VIP section, Khalilian said.
"I think the notion of Orlando being a tourist destination makes it a good location," said Peter Lopez, Hilton's entertainment attorney. "Obviously, if there's a club there with her name on it, she's going to have an interest in seeing that it does well."