White House and HI USA Bring 100 Travel Bloggers to DC

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Hostelling International USA partners in hosting summit on December 9

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Our hostels are a great way for young people to have an international experience close to home and develop their curiosity for exploring the world.

Hostelling International USA(HI USA) has joined with the White House to host the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Held December 9, 2014, this event will be attended by the top 100 travel bloggers and digital influencers.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the Administration’s focus on the benefits of cross-cultural educational and cultural exchange and boosting international student mobility. By using the power of digital influencers, this message has an opportunity reach millions of students, young adults, and parents of millennials.

HI USA has been working in partnership with the White House since April to handpick attendees and provide input on the Summit’s one-day program. HI USA believes in the transformative power of travel and that it should be accessible to everyone, which aligns with White House initiatives that will be discussed during an open press briefing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during the Summit.

Attendees will also join a luncheon at the National Press Club hosted by HI USA. “I’m excited to introduce these influencers to our community of travelers,” says HI USA CEO Russ Hedge. “Our hostels are a great way for young people to have an international experience close to home and develop their curiosity for exploring the world and understanding different cultures.”

The luncheon will also feature Travel Channel personality Don Wildman, host of Mysteries at the Museum, who will share his own hostelling stories.

Influencers will be chronicling their experiences before, during, and after the Summit using #WHtravelbloggers. For more information on HI USA, visit http://www.hiusa.org or contact Communications and PR Manager Netanya Trimboli at netanya(dot)trimboli(at)hiusa(dot)org or (240) 650-2104.

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. It’s our mission to promote a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80 years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country. Visit http://www.hiusa.org for more information.

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