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Hilton Worldwide Pledges to Hire 10,000 Veterans in Next Five Years and to Donate Millions of Hilton HHonors Points to Help Job-seeking Veterans

August 15, 2013  |  This information originated in American English.
 

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced Operation: Opportunity, a major initiative to provide extensive support to United States military veterans and their families, including the hiring of 10,000 veterans at the company in the next five years. It will also donate millions of Hilton HHonors points that veterans can redeem for free hotel stays while seeking jobs, both within and outside the company.

"Hilton Worldwide has been strongly committed to supporting military veterans and their families since our founding nearly a century ago by Conrad Hilton, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War I," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. "We are very proud to build on this legacy with Operation: Opportunity."

"On behalf of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, I applaud Hilton Worldwide's commitment to hiring our nation's veterans," said Colonel Rich Morales, executive director of the Joining Forces initiative for the White House. "The hotelier's new program will help achieve our goal of giving service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. We hope that other companies will follow Hilton Worldwide's lead."


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Additionally, Hilton Worldwide's Operation: Opportunity includes:

  • An exclusive military family rate will be available at hundreds of participating hotels across the country for active and retired U.S. military who book with a special rate code and present a valid military I.D. at check-in;
  • A Team Member Resource Group for veterans at Hilton Worldwide, which will launch later this year to promote professional growth and provide perspective to the company from their unique vantage point; and
  • A campaign to build awareness among veterans that a world-class hospitality company is seeking their skills and experience at all levels.

The Hilton HHonors hotel stays will be for use in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii for veterans to pursue job opportunities in any industry. They will be granted to facilitate job interviews, skills training or certification, and other job-seeking activities.

To help distribute these stays, Hilton Worldwide and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) have established a unique public/private initiative. NASWA is an association of publicly-funded state workforce agencies who administer employment services, job training programs, unemployment insurance laws, employment statistics and labor market information. NASWA will distribute HHonors allocations to these agencies, which then will provide the stays to veterans and their families through 2,651 American Job Centers (AJCs).   

"The publicly-funded workforce system serves nearly two million registered veterans annually, offering access to job openings and employment resources. State workforce agencies are committed to helping veterans achieve their goals whether those are education, training or employment," said Rich Hobbie, executive director, NASWA. "The initiative with Hilton HHonors will support veterans in the pursuit of their employment goals, and we are excited to be a part of this valuable endeavor."  

Contact:
Sarah Brown
Hilton Worldwide
(703) 883-5315
sarah.brown4@hilton.com

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 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. About Hilton Honors Hilton Honors is the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. 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 and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key. With more than 62 million members, Hilton Honors offers hundreds of ways to earn and redeem Points. Members can redeem their Points for free nights, premium merchandise, items on Amazon Shop with Points; make charitable contributions or gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform (honors.com/auctions), such as exclusive artist experiences and hotel concert events with Live Nation®, or race experiences with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The program is free to join, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHonors.com or connect with Hilton Honors at news.hiltonhonors.com.