Homewood Suites by Hilton “Makes a Travel Moment” for U.S. Service Members and Military Families with the USO
MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand, distributed 500 travel care packages on July 31 to military members and their families at select USO airport centers across the country, as part of the "Make a Travel Moment" program. The campaign is 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 created the program as part of their partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO). Troops and their families received the care packages at the USO airport centers in Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Nashville and Houston. Each care package included all the essential travel items needed to provide respite and ease the burdens of stressful travel, including eye masks, snacks, personal items and ear buds. The packages also included hand signed notes of encouragement and appreciation from the Homewood Suites by Hilton team.
"This small act of kindness was reciprocated with so much gratitude from the men and women who serve our country every day and reminded Homewood Suites how a small gesture can mean so much," said Bill Duncan, global head of brand management, Homewood Suites by Hilton. "We understand how hectic travel can be and welcomed the opportunity to provide these men and women some much needed essentials, along with a message of our gratitude."
The campaign 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 built the "Make a Travel Moment" care packages.
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 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.
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About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 480 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 socials 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 WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile 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 newsroom.hilton.com/homewoodsuites, and connect with Homewood Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.