DoubleTree by Hilton Launches Campaign to Inspire “Nice Travels” on National Pay it Forward Day

Hotel Brand Champions Movement to Encourage Traveling Nicely through Real-Time Social Listening, Year-Long Giveaways, and a Consumer-Driven #NiceTravels Photo Mosaic

DoubleTree by Hilton Launches Campaign to Inspire "Nice Travels" on National Pay it Forward Day (Graphic: Business Wire)

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MCLEAN, Va.--()--DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, celebrates National Pay it Forward Day today with the launch of “Nice Travels,” an integrated, multichannel movement driving random acts of kindness to prove that “nice” is contagious.

The idea behind “Nice Travels” is that when a guest stays with DoubleTree by Hilton, “nice” stays with them, starting with the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome that each guest receives.

To spread this simple, yet powerful, idea across the globe and prove that nice does travel, DoubleTree by Hilton will identify, share and reward niceness through innovative, real-time social listening; a new interactive #NiceTravels online photo mosaic; and online and on-the-ground giveaways – starting today in New York City with the distribution of 20,000 of the brand’s famous chocolate chip cookies. The cookies will be handed out in pairs of two – encouraging passersby to keep one and share one with someone else to pay it forward.

The Nice Travels Index

To intercept the online conversation about travel and give small acts of kindness the attention they deserve, DoubleTree by Hilton created the Nice Travels Index, a real-time social listening and measurement tool that tracks online sentiment towards travel and travel conversation. The Nice Travels Index reveals that in spite of a global affection for travel – with more than 620,000 Twitter users identifying as passionate travelers – just 36% of the online conversation about travel is positive1. Grumbles about flight delays, lost luggage and rude encounters dominate the conversation over easy journeys, great views, amenities, and - of course - upgrades.

Throughout the year, DoubleTree by Hilton will use the Nice Travels Index to identify additional cities with the nicest travelers, and reward them with on-the-ground giveaways. The Nice Travels Index will allow DoubleTree by Hilton to engage with consumers in real-time and measure how #NiceTravels impacts the online conversation about travel – in an effort to make a positive change and celebrate the things we love most about traveling.

“The Nice Travels campaign is inspired by our brand culture of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) that we’ve infused in the guest experience every day for more than 25 years,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton and Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Nice Travels invites people everywhere to pay it forward in their own way, joining the movement to make ‘nice’ travel.”

Consumer-Generated Nice Travels Mosaic

As a champion of everyday niceness, DoubleTree by Hilton encourages fans to snap a picture capturing the kindness that they encounter and tag it with #NiceTravels and #ContestEntry across Twitter or Instagram or upload directly to NiceTravels.com for the chance to win sweet rewards like hotel stays and free DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies. The contest is open through May 25, 2016 and runs concurrent to a global internal team member contest. All of the photos shared will come together online at NiceTravels.com to form an interactive mosaic in the form of a cookie, because niceness starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie at DoubleTree by Hilton. Fans can search within the mosaic to find their own photos and catch a glimpse of the random acts of kindness that they may have inspired.

Nice Travels Ad Campaign

The launch is timed with DoubleTree by Hilton’s new brand advertising campaign highlighting the same Nice Travels philosophy. The campaign is running globally and includes radio, digital and social content. To watch how Nice Travels, visit http://bit.ly/1XWjwK2.

For additional information, photography, video footage and other campaign assets, media can visit news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 102 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree 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 HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including preferred pricing, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 460 upscale hotels with more than 111,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive 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 (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and youtube.com/doubletreehotels. Reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.com for more information.

1 Sources included publically available Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and online news publications.

Contacts

Maggie Giddens
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com
or
Jill Chandler
For DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 404 879 9136
Jill.Chandler@Ketchum.com

Contacts

Maggie Giddens
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 5346
Maggie.Giddens@Hilton.com
or
Jill Chandler
For DoubleTree by Hilton
+1 404 879 9136
Jill.Chandler@Ketchum.com