Monday, July 20, 2015 – A RELAXING STAY does not always mean a night at a hotel for members of the U.S. military flying from one post to another. To make the most of layovers at airports for service men and women and their families, Homewood Suites by Hilton today launched a new program called “Make a Travel Moment.”
The extended stay hotel brand is continuing its partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) and providing 500 care packages to troops and their families at five USO Airport Centers around the country. Each care package will include all the essential travel items needed to provide respite and ease the burdens of stressful travel. For example, an eye mask, snacks and ear buds will create restful moments for troops and military families as they travel.
“Military personnel travel frequently and spend much of their time waiting, particularly when connecting military and commercial flights. This program with the USO offers Homewood Suites the opportunity to provide refreshment and relaxation, and say thank you to those who serve our country,” said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Homewood Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay brand. “Because we personally know how hectic travel can be, we hope to alleviate stress for the men and women who serve, and also their families who are traveling with them.”
The campaign will be kicked off on Friday at Homewood Suites by Hilton’s Memphis Shared Services Center where more than 30 Homewood Suites and Hilton Worldwide team members will build the “Make a Travel Moment” care packages. On July 31, traveling troops and military families at USO airport centers in Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, Nashville and Houston will be given care packages, which will also include notes of encouragement and appreciation.
“Last year, more than 7 million troops and military families visited USO centers to relax, connect with loved ones and enjoy our programs,” said Christy Hartsell, USO vice president of corporate alliances. “We are grateful for Homewood Suites’ generosity. These care packages will remind our men and women in uniform that we appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”