MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) award-winning all-suite, extended-stay hotel brands, distributed 1,000 "suite travel" kits and tickets to the Thanksgiving Day Parade to travelers departing from or arriving to LaGuardia Airport on the day before Thanksgiving. The stress-relieving surprises are a result of a survey announced by the extended-stay hotel brands last month which revealed what turns travelers into a "Scrooge" during holiday travel and their stress-relieving response to make the season merry.
Each "suite travel" kit, given to those departing out of Terminal B, included the essential items that survey respondents claimed would make their trips more delightful - snacks, a voucher for free Wi-Fi and a wireless mobile battery charger. The kit also included ear buds, given that the number one response to counteracting stress while traveling was listening to music. Big surprises were also in store for those staying in the Big Apple for the holiday as travelers in LaGuardia's baggage claim area participated in a competitive matching game in which five winners received tickets to the Thanksgiving Day Parade where Homewood Suites' mascot Lewis the Duck and his family have their own float.
Sally Maxey, a teacher from Graham, Texas, reacts as she wins free tickets to the Thanksgiving Day Parade courtesy of Homewood Suites by Hilton as she leaves New York's LaGuardia Airport (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Homewood Suites by Hilton)
"Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton are focused on providing welcoming service, and we want to do our part to ensure Thanksgiving travelers arrive to their destination stress-free and ready to celebrate with family," said Bill Duncan, global head of brand management, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. "As revealed by our study, we want travelers to avoid their previous bad behavior and instead focus on the positive benefits of travel."
|Travelers departing LaGuardia Airport received "Suite Travel" kits to help make holiday travel a little less stressful this holiday. Each kit included the essential items that travelers surveyed said would make their trips more delightful - snacks, a voucher for free Wi-Fi and a wireless mobile battery charger (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Homewood Suites by Hilton)
Conducted by Wakefield Research*, survey results revealed that 44 percent of respondents lost their tempers, one-third have yelled at a stranger during past trips, and nearly one-quarter cancelled travel all together to avoid stress. However, the survey didn't just focus on the moment when travel stress began, but also what could be done once the traveler reaches their destination. For instance, hotels such as Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton are ideal for families as they provide the top-rated amenities travelers claimed would make them feel most comfortable: reliable Wi-Fi, free breakfast and spacious rooms.
You can find more key survey findings and download the corresponding infographic at news.homewoodsuites.com or news.home2suites.com. Book your holiday travel and learn more about Homewood Suites by Hilton at www.homewoodsuites.com and Home2 Suites by Hilton at www.home2suites.com.
* Wakefield Research surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults who have traveled by plane at least once in the past year. The survey was conducted between September 17 and September 24, 2015, using an email invitation and online survey, with an overall margin of error of three percent.
About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 400 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 social 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 Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors 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 news.homewoodsuites.com.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. 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 exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. 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 Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Visit http://www.home2suites.com/ for additional information or www.home2franchise.com/ for franchising opportunities.