Hilton and American Express, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, are teaming up to donate up to one million hotel room nights across Europe to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in their country.
Hilton and American Express are making rooms available without charge to relief organizations such as #HospitalityHelps. These rooms will in turn be provided to Ukrainian refugees and the first responders supporting humanitarian efforts across Europe.
“Our hotels have always been part of the fabric of the communities we serve, and we are committed to supporting the places where we live and work,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “Even in these dark times, we believe the light and warmth of hospitality can make a difference when it matters most, which is why we are welcoming refugees and supporting relief efforts in countries across Europe.”
American Express chairman and CEO Stephen J. Squeri said: “More than two million people have fled Ukraine and have had to make the unimaginable decision to leave their homes, and all that they knew behind. While we can never replace what’s been lost, American Express is honored to partner with Hilton again to donate one million rooms to refugees and first responders impacted by this devastating war. Our hope is that we can provide some relief during this incredibly challenging time.”
Nassetta credited owners from Hilton’s portfolio for joining the effort. “Across our business owners of Hilton hotels are eager to support their communities and be part of the solution. They have been instrumental in making this response possible.”
Hilton’s response to the war also includes:
- Closing its corporate office in Moscow (ensuring continued work and pay for any impacted team members);
- suspending all new development activity in Russia;
- donating any Hilton profits from business operations in Russia to the humanitarian relief efforts for Ukraine;
- and making a $50,000 donation to World Central Kitchen and Project Hope to further assist with humanitarian aid through the Hilton Effect Foundation.