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Celebrating cultures is at our core.
Conrad Hilton believed in the power of travel to bring people together and foster greater understanding between nations – a philosophy he referred to as "World Peace through International Trade and Travel." At Hilton Worldwide, we celebrate and preserve the unique cultural heritage of the communities where we operate.
Promoting Cultural Exchange
We believe each of our hotels should reflect the local heritage and culture, and we seek to create opportunities for our guests, team members, and the general public to learn about local history, traditions, and way of life.
Supporting emerging economies:: We're proud to be the first global hospitality brand to enter many developing and emerging market economies – having opened the first international hotel in Namibia as well as our first hotels in Equatorial Guinea.
Localized Food and Beverage Menu Design:: Think global. Cook local. At the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Chef Thomas Elder developed a menu for our new härth restaurant that is based on locally sourced ingredients and community traditions.
Heritage Tours at Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Bangkok, Thailand:: At the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Thailand our team members provide guests with local heritage tours that educate participants on the hotel's rich history of once being the site of King Rama V's palace.
Furthering Understanding Through the Olympics
Since 1998, Hilton Worldwide has partnered with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympics Teams. We continue this sponsorship in 2011 to reinforce an over-arching strategy of aligning with organizations that foster the highest levels of personal achievement across a range of areas, including athletic, artistic, and professional performance.
Preserving Cultural Heritage
We not only strive to preserve the unique history of our properties but also that of cultural and historic sites in our communities. Using archival photographs and records, our team restored the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, formerly the legendary Shanghai Club. Today it serves as an important bridge for our guests and the local community to learn about Shanghai's historic past.
Hampton's U.S. Save-A-Landmark program is dedicated to the preservation of local landmarks, such as President Abraham Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2006, the Save-A-Landmark program was honored with the Preserve America Presidential Award and Hampton became the first hotel chain ever recognized by a U.S. president for its preservation efforts.