Doubletree Hotels Receives Promise to the Earth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation : Hotelier Honored With Top Corporate Award For Outstanding Commitment to Environmental Stewardship and Education

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Doubletree® Hotels is proud to announce that it has received the prestigious 2008 “Promise to the Earth Award” from the Arbor Day Foundation™. The Promise to the Earth award is presented annually by the world’s largest non-profit tree planting organization to corporations for outstanding commitments to environmental stewardship and education. The award also recognizes organizations that support the Arbor Day Foundation’s mission to “Inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.”

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We hope that the continued commitment by Doubletree Hotels to develop additional environmentally-focused initiatives with us will inspire even more people to preserve and protect our valuable natural resources for the benefit of generations to come.

The Arbor Day Foundation acknowledged Doubletree for their continued and growing dedication to three major projects:

Doubletree Teaching Kids to CARE® Community Outreach Program -- Since the Spring of 2004, Doubletree has worked with the Arbor Day Foundation on a variety of environmental education and tree planting projects through Teaching Kids to Care, the hotel brand's award-winning, school mentoring initiative. As a result of this program, Doubletree employees have engaged more than 100,000 grade school students in 150 locations across North America about the importance of trees and environmental responsibility. Supporting projects, such as the TIME For Kids® "Plant A Better Future" Fall 2007 in-class program sponsored by Doubletree, reached an additional 91,000 teachers and 2.1 million students in grades 2 through 4. Doubletree Hotels / Arbor Day Foundation 250,000 Tree Milestone -- Doubletree has encouraged the general public to take part in their tree planting promise through a variety of marketing outreach and communications efforts. Along with more than 75,000 trees planted as part of the Teaching Kids to CARE® program, additional promotional and online campaigns have contributed to the planting of another 175,000 trees in America's national and state forests and regional parks through reforestation projects by the Arbor Day Foundation. Exploring Trees Inside and Out Traveling Museum Exhibit -- A new environmental education experience is planting the seeds of knowledge in some of the nation's top children's museums, botanical gardens and science centers. Last Spring, Doubletree Hotels entered into an agreement to develop the "Exploring Trees Inside and Out" traveling museum exhibit with the Arbor Day Foundation and become the exclusive sponsor of its nationwide tour through the end of 2010. One million visitors are anticipated to visit this 2,500-square-foot, interactive playground that encourages both kids and adults to explore the beauty of the great outdoors through the incredible wonders of trees. More than 150,000 people already have visited "Exploring Trees Inside and Out" since its debut earlier this year at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and at its current summer home at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. "Doubletree is a proud member of the Hilton Family of Hotels -- an organization that recently announced its environmental sustainability commitments and truly believes in the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen in today's world. As a result, our brand continues to look for ways to emphasize the importance of environmental education, responsibility and stewardship with our team members, our guests and the communities we serve," said Dave Horton, senior vice president – brand management for Doubletree Hotels. "On behalf of more than 45,000 team members across North America, Doubletree Hotels is truly honored to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation with their 2008 Promise to the Earth Award. We look forward to developing a variety of additional initiatives and projects with the Arbor Day Foundation that encourages people of all ages to respect and enjoy the wonders of nature that begin right outside our doors each and every day."

The Promise to the Earth Award was presented at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Neb. by John Rosenow, chief executive and founding member of the Arbor Day Foundation.

"The Arbor Day Foundation applauds Doubletree Hotels for their longstanding commitment to re-connect today's Americans with the important role that trees play in our environment each and every day," said Rosenow. "We hope that the continued commitment by Doubletree Hotels to develop additional environmentally-focused initiatives with us will inspire even more people to preserve and protect our valuable natural resources for the benefit of generations to come."

For more information about the variety of environmental education and community outreach initiatives by Doubletree Hotels around the world, please visit our dedicated "Think Trees" website at

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at

About Doubletree Hotels

With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in more than 190 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America, Doubletree Hotels, Guest Suites and Resorts are distinctively designed properties that provide true comfort to today's business and leisure travelers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand's legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward program, each Doubletree guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To make reservations at any Doubletree hotel, travelers can visit our website at, contact their preferred travel professional or call 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada.

About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

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