MCLEAN, Va. - This year, thousands of African-Americans will attend family reunions - and two Hilton Worldwide all-suite hotel brands are offering specialized tools and services to eagerly welcome them. These joyous events attract anywhere from 100 to 400 family members looking to reconnect and have a great time. According to a recent article published by Black Meetings & Tourism, several studies suggest an estimated 90 percent of all family reunions are held by African-Americans.

Embassy Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton are teaming up to offer "Count On It," a marketing program designed to help make family reunions easy and stress-free for all participants. By visiting the "Count On It" online hub at hiltonfamilyreunions.com, family reunion organizers can find all the information they need to seamlessly manage room bookings, events and special requests, including:

  • A personalized group web page, where everyone attending the reunion can seamlessly book rooms at a special group rate, while sharing reunion-specific details, such as check-in/out dates, directions and event schedules
  • Special offers, such as Weekend Getaway, Leisure Escape and Family Fun discount packages
  • On-site event planning, with assistance from the hotel's meeting planners
  • Hilton HHonors, the free, award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's distinct hotel brands. Members can use points to purchase unique experiences, rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more.

"African-American families can count on Embassy Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton to help simplify the planning process, and provide spacious two-room suites, free hot breakfast, complimentary evening reception, full kitchens and other amenities that are sure to delight families," said Mary Beth Parks, senior vice president, global marketing, Hilton Worldwide. "With 'Count On It,' families can focus on being together, whether in their suite or at a reunion activity."

To help inspire African-American families to connect and celebrate, Embassy Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton are partnering with "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" Meet Ev'ry Listener Tour, with the hotel brands hosting several tour stops for the nationwide live radio show. The tour stops in 45 major cities across the country.

The hotel brands are also partnering with community-based organizations and African-American trade associations to help provide families with helpful information, tips and insights related to family reunion planning and travel; including:

  • Black Meetings & Tourism, a 20-year-old, award-winning, international trade publication for and about the $56+ billion African-American meetings, incentives, leisure and group travel market
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a non-profit organization that leverages tis professional membership base of 60 chapters in 28 states to promote leadership development and gender equity on behalf of black women and girls

For additional information or to book your family reunion, please visit hiltonfamilyreunions.com.

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.
**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

Contacts:
C. Toni Harrison
Burrell Communications
832.649.3767 ext. 104
charrison@burrell.com

Jennifer Hughes
Director, Brand Public Relations, Hilton Garden Inn
(901) 374-6518
Jennifer.Hughes@hilton.com

Maggie Giddens
Embassy Suites Hotels
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com

About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 430 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.