MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand, announced today the launch of its "Make a Travel Moment" program, a campaign dedicated to help the brave men and women of the U.S. military and their loved ones find rest and relaxation in airports while traveling.
The extended stay hotel brand is continuing its partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) and providing 500 care packages to troops and their families at five USO Airport Centers around the country. Each care package will include all the essential travel items needed to provide respite and ease the burdens of stressful travel. For example, an eye mask, snacks and ear buds will create restful moments for troops and military families as they travel.
"Military personnel travel frequently and spend much of their time waiting, particularly when connecting military and commercial flights. This program with the USO offers Homewood Suites the opportunity to provide refreshment and relaxation, and say thank you to those who serve our country," said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Homewood Suites by Hilton. "Because we personally know how hectic travel can be, we hope to alleviate stress for the men and women who serve, and also their families who are traveling with them."
The campaign will be kicked off on July 24 at Homewood Suites by Hilton's Memphis Shared Services Center where more than 30 Homewood Suites and Hilton Worldwide team members will build the "Make a Travel Moment" care packages. On July 31, traveling troops and military families at USO airport centers in Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Nashville and Houston will be given care packages which will also include notes of encouragement and appreciation.
"Last year, more than seven million troops and military families visited USO centers to relax, connect with loved ones and enjoy our programs," said Christy Hartsell, USO Vice President of Corporate Alliances. "We are grateful for Homewood Suites' generosity. These care packages will remind our men and women in uniform that we appreciate their service and their sacrifice."
Homewood Suites' "Make a Travel Moment" program is a continuation of last year's "Make a Moment" effort in which the brand helped 10 USO centers across the country recreate moments that were missed by military families. The feature event hosted at the USO's Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was a Thanksgiving-themed celebration with more than 100 troops and military families who were treated to holiday cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon. The USO partnership and current program is part of the brand's ongoing campaign to honor military families, and compliments Homewood Suites' 15 percent discount off the Best Available Rate to all active and retired military.
The brand's military support campaign is also part of Hilton Worldwide's wider commitment, Operation: Opportunity, a pledge to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years and donate millions of Hilton HHonors points to assist job-seeking veterans.
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About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 360 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader that has been named “Top Upscale Extended-Stay” hotel by J.D. Power the last six years. 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. With Hilton’s award-winning digital check-in with room selection tool, Hilton HHonors members can log into their accounts and choose their exact room from a digital floor plan, as well as customize their room prior to arrival with amenity requests. The service is available for 650,000+ rooms at more than 4,100 properties across 11 brands worldwide. 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 Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton 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 HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.