Hospitality leader delivers simple solutions for planning responsible events
MCLEAN, Va. January 20, 2015 – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced Meet with Purpose, a concept designed to make it easier for meeting professionals to reduce waste and incorporate health and wellness into meetings and events.
Meet with Purpose provides meeting professionals with sustainable choices to incorporate into events that not only enhance the experiences of attendees, but also align with many customers’ corporate responsibility goals.
Inspired by Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton gathered feedback from customers and sales Team Members to identify the most pressing sustainability issues for meetings and events. To meet these needs, Hilton created Meet with Purpose, supported by two focus areas:
Mindful Eating encourages meeting professionals to reexamine event dining to minimize food waste and encourage healthy choices. Hilton offers solutions such as portion control, sourcing locally, pre-plating salads and establishing central water stations with reusable containers.
Mindful Meeting inspires meeting professionals to host more sustainable events by considering practices that are less resource-intensive. The solutions range from using paperless registration and placing notepads in a central location to turning off climate control when a meeting room isn’t in use.
When put into practice, Meet with Purpose can have a large impact on an event. As examples:
Last September, Hilton San Francisco Union Square hosted an event that typically draws approximately 60,000 attendees. Hilton’s team helped the company recycle 66,858 pounds of waste material, source approximately 30 percent of energy from renewable sources and contribute more than 1.3 tons of food donations.
Additionally, Hilton Chicago has a robust recycling and composting program, efficient water systems and partners with local farms to source food locally in addition to growing their own vegetables on a rooftop garden. The hotel works with customers to incorporate these practices into meetings and events hosted at the hotel to add value to the event for attendees and the host company.
“Today’s meeting attendees seek greater meaning in their event experiences and expect event planners to consider the broader implications of the meeting itself,” explains Lesley Brasesco, Hilton Worldwide’s managing director of sales effectiveness for the Americas. “Meet with Purpose offers meeting professionals a menu of options that make it easy to incorporate sustainable, impactful and healthy choices that deliver on the broader corporate responsibility commitments of our customers and Hilton.”
Hilton’s Meet with Purpose serves as a guide to help hotels enrich their meetings and events offerings with responsible practices. More information on Meet with Purpose can be found on http://connectplusathiltonworldwide.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 4,250 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 700,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, 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.
SOURCE: Hilton Worldwide