Hilton Worldwide awards Travel With Purpose grants
US $280,000 awarded to 100 properties for community development projects around the world
Hilton Worldwide has awarded more than US $280,000 to 100 properties and community organisations around the world as part of its Travel With Purpose Action Grant programme.
The grants aim to support the development of local projects and improve the quality of life in the communities in which Hilton Worldwide’s hotels and offices serve.
The group received more than 420 applications to support local projects that provide engagement opportunities for local teams, and creative approaches to address social and environmental challenges.
The winning projects include reducing food wastage to help fight hunger; educating young people on water conservation; building composting and greenhouse facilities to support hotel micro gardens; delivering life skills and entrepreneurial training for underserved women; and creating mentorship programmes for young people entering the hospitality industry.
From the Middle East, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai - Jumeirah Beach, Hilton Doha, and Hilton Al Ain were awarded $3000 to support the UN World Food Programme, Youth Company – Qatar, and sustainability projects onsite respectively.
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Makkah Hilton Towers, Hilton Hurghada Resort, and Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah were awarded $1000 each to support Down Turkey DS Association, Makkah Al Zohoor Orphanage, Egyptian Food Bank, and an onsite sustainability project, respectively.
Hilton Worldwide vice president of corporate responsibility Jennifer Silberman said: "Our teams in more than 4000 communities around the world are proud to contribute local ideas and solutions to global challenges.
“The Travel with Purpose Action Grants programme provides a vehicle for our hotels and offices to work with local community organisations and develop approaches that make the best use of hotel and community resources. Our teams are invested in their communities’ success and communities need businesses that are committed to making a positive impact. We see it as a win-win opportunity for everyone.”
The programme, now in its third year, has awards more than $5000,000 to nearly 200 community projects around the world.