Hilton, the world’s first global hotel company and one of the fastest growing in Asia Pacific celebrated its milestone 100th anniversary on May 31, in the midst of the most dynamic year in the company’s storied history.
To mark the occasion, hundreds of hotels around the world, including throughout Asia Pacific, extended Hilton hospitality beyond their doors by taking “Acts of Hospitality” to their communities – everywhere from Sydney to Shanghai and Delhi to Tokyo.
As it looks ahead to its next century, Hilton also announced the creation of The Hilton Effect Foundation, which will help create a better world to travel by investing in both organizations and people having a positive impact on the communities Hilton serves. The Foundation is launching this week with 15 grants to organisations that will support 20 communities around the world. These initial grants will support programmes around the globe that are creating opportunities for youth, aiding in disaster recovery, and supporting water stewardship and sustainability.
The Foundation builds on the impact already driven by Hilton through its Travel with Purpose strategy, which seeks to double the company’s investment in social impact while cutting Hilton’s environmental footprint in half by 2030. Since the inception of Travel with Purpose in 2011, Hilton’s Team Members have performed more than 1.3 million hours of volunteer service and the company has invested tens of millions of dollars in the communities it serves. As Hilton’s primary international philanthropic arm, the Foundation will channel all of the company’s financial and in-kind resources to further amplify the Hilton Effect around the world. Celebrating its 100th anniversary with hospitality and a global Foundation speaks to Hilton’s founding vision.
“One hundred years ago, Conrad Hilton had a noble idea that travel can make the world a better place,” said Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton. “That deep-rooted sense of purpose has fueled our transformative impact all across the globe, as we have welcomed 3 billion guests, employed 10 million Team Members and contributed $1 trillion in economic impact. And in the years to come, we will do even more to positively change the world through our Hilton Effect Foundation.”