Published on June 29th, 2013 | by Charu Suri0
Three Hotels Chains That Are Giving Back
Tourism in New York City is big business, and generates nearly $55.3 billion a year in revenues. In 2012, the city welcomed a record-breaking 52 million tourists. According to the New York City Department of Travel and Tourism, $36.9 billion in direct tourist spending came along with the influx of visitors.
Finding a well-priced hotel room in New York City is a headache that many of us have faced: In 2012 alone 29 million hotel room nights were purchased, and new hotel rooms have sprouted up to meet the demand (about 91,500 in the last year, more or less). Even with the new rooms, New York’s hotel occupancy is higher than anywhere else in the nation.
With all the hotel revenue coming into the city one has to wonder-do any of these hotels give back to the communities? Wouldn’t you like to stay in a hotel that gives back? We certainly would. Here are a few.
Trump, one of New York’s largest, most expensive hotel chains is affiliated with many organizations and charities. Trump donates charitable contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. In other words, no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. The hotel chain has established The Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which is committed to raising money for terminally-ill children.
Eric Trump & a St. Jude’s beneficiary
The Hilton Hotels chain supports Books for Kids which offers three programs for early childhood education development, Room to Read which provides several educational programs, & The International Youth Foundation, which offers an array of programs invested in youth and young adult professional development and education . The complete list of corporate responsibility partnerships can be found here.
The Marriott Hotels are also a giving hotel chain, and help create places of refuge in times of natural disaster providing housing and food for the hungry. Their charitable affiliations include Habitat for Humanity International, Feeding America, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, and the American Red Cross.
These are only three hotel chains that give back to our communities in New York City and beyond. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know when you book your next stay how your hotel gives back?
- Reported by Jay Dee