Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton Surprise U.S. Navy Family with Well-Deserved Vacation

Virginia Military Family Wins “Travel MANager #1 Dad” Sweepstakes hosted
by Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton, National Military Family

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DadtimeHomewood
Suites by Hilton
and Home2
Suites by Hilton
, Hilton’s
(NYSE: HLT) award-winning all-suite, extended-stay hotel brands,
announced today the winners of the “Travel MANager #1 Dad” Sweepstakes
hosted in partnership with the National Military Family Association
(NMFA). The grand-prize family, Lieutenant Commander 04 Tiffani Walker
and Lieutenant Commander 04 Jared Burgess along with their three kids
will enjoy a complimentary stay at any Homewood Suites by Hilton
property in the United States along with $2,500. The prize will give the
family some much needed “Dad Time” before Jared leaves for Bahrain in
2017; where he will be stationed for one year.

The announcement was made in the family’s hometown of Norfolk, Va. with
a surprise event proclaiming the winning family to have “America’s # 1
Dad”. The family’s home was equipped with a larger than life “# 1 Dad”
sign, including balloons and lawn ornaments to mark the occasion.
Planned without his knowledge, Jared Burgess arrived home with his
family after their weekly “Family Date Night” to the surprise and was
greeted by Homewood Suites and Home 2 Suites Global Head Adrian Kurre
with the announcement that his family had won the sweepstakes.

“We understand the challenges military families face when it comes to
being present for life’s little moments,” said Adrian Kurre, global
head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “Jared and Tiffani are
heroes for their military service to our country and we are grateful to
them for their sacrifice. Hopefully, Jared can also be his family’s
travel planning hero and can enjoy some well-deserved time away before
heading overseas.”

The contest was hosted on the NMFA website and asked military spouses to
nominate their significant other to share why they deserve to be
surprised with a trip for their family. The winning vacation is being
offered as part of Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton’s “Travel
MANager” program. The program focuses on helping fathers have a
participatory role in travel planning, urging men to join in on family
travel planning with tools and resources to orchestrate the perfect
family vacation or couple’s weekend. In addition, Travel MANager brings
professional advice, original research and trip itinerary suggestions
all together on one convenient digital hub, www.mencanplantravel.com.

“We are a dual military family, where both mom and dad are serving,
parenting and living out our dreams,” said Tiffani Walker, Jared’s wife
who nominated him for the sweepstakes. “Fatherhood for Jared had two
abrupt starts, intersections where military service met children. I
admire that he doesn’t belabor the time lost, and we all wish there
could be more time spent together. This now makes that possible.”

“Giving military families the gift of time is one of the most precious
gifts,” said NMFA Executive Director, Joyce Wessel Raezer. “Military
families spend so much time apart due to deployments, trainings, and
other stressors from the military lifestyle. Nothing can replace the
memories they will make on a trip together as whole family.”

Addressing fathers’ desires to spend more time with their families, the
Travel MANager program kicked off in June 2016 and encourages men to
plan “Dad Time.” According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield
Research* polling men about travel with their children, 89 percent of
respondents felt traveling alone with their kids was one of the best
ways to bond, and 89 percent also were interested in recreating a trip
they took with their fathers.

Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton participate in
Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton
HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have
access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, 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. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Homewood
Suites by Hilton
or Home2
Suites by Hilton

* Wakefield Research surveyed 1,000 U.S. fathers of children ages 5-18
between April 22nd and 29th, 2016, using an email invitation and an
online survey, with an overall margin of error of three percent.

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