Hilton Al Ain Supports Youth At Education Open Day As Part Of Bright Blue Futures

Team Members Join Together to Bring Stability and Hope to Youth in Al Ain

This information originated in American English.

May 14, 2014

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates - Hilton Al Ain organized an Education Open Day on 14 May to support the youth in Al Ain. To provide for the growing need of motivation, inspiration and guide for local young people, community partners including Al Ain Junior School have joined efforts to organize the Education Open Day as a way to create awareness and positively impact these youth. The event included interactive chats and activities with the management team of the hotel, where the students had the opportunity to take into practice the day to day hotel's operation.

During the event that went from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Al Ain Junior School students were welcomed by Jacques Claudel, Hilton Al Ain General Manager, followed by a tour around the hotel's facilities to later on attend small presentations that included a career guidance session, waste management best practices, health and well being chat and a social media session.

Hilton Al Ain's participation in Education Open Day is part of its support of a global community relations initiative by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Bright Blue Futures, designed to help young people achieve stability through the delivery of basic needs such as food, shelter and hope through education, life skills development, training and employment. As the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is contributing to the company's broader goal of creating opportunities for young people by engaging 144,000 team members across communities in this brand-wide effort.

"Education Open Day was established to support the growth and development of youth in our community," said Jacques Claudel, general manager, Hilton Al Ain. "This is a challenge we face globally, and at Hilton Al Ain, we see this as an opportunity to provide the resources we have available at our hotel to help young people reach their full potential." "Hospitality is a beautiful industry that provides multiple opportunities to young passionate talent to pursue their career and allows them to grow not only in a professional but also in a personal level."

This is the first year that Hilton Al Ain organizes an Educational Open Day as part of its numerous initiatives to support the development of the Al Ain community. During the event the students from the Al Ain Junior school were proactively engaged in the activities and chats developed during the Educational Open Day, allowing them to lead a more well-balanced, thriving life toward a brighter future.

Youth are the next generation of leaders, innovators, employees and world travelers, comprising approximately one quarter of the world's population1. Approximately 200 million youth worldwide live in poverty2 and an estimated 75 million youth are unemployed3. The travel and tourism sector employs 255 million people around the world, and by the year 2022, an estimated 73 million new travel and tourism jobs will be created, providing ample opportunities for today's youth as they enter the workforce in the hospitality industry4. Hilton Al Ain team members believe they can make a difference in the future of Al Ain youth through their ongoing commitment to Al Ain Junior School.

According to the International Youth Foundation, there are few industries whose resources, expertise and career pathways are as relevant to addressing the challenges facing young people today, and whose businesses and expansion relies as heavily on a trained workforce in every region of the world. In 2012, a white paper was authored by the International Youth Foundation to highlight economic and social challenges that face the world's youth, and the key issues in need of solutions. The report, Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality, was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January.

Media can access information about Hilton Al Ain at http://news.hilton.com/alain. More information about Hilton Worldwide's global commitment to create opportunities for youth and a full version of the Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality white paper is available at hiltonworldwide.com/youth. Learn more about Bright Blue Futures by visiting www.youth.hilton.com.

1 World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation, The World Bank
2 World Youth Report, United Nations, 2005
3 Global Employment Trends for Youth, International Labour Organization, May 2012
4 Global Hotels and Motels Industry Profile, New York: Datamonitor, 2011

Contact

Samantha Castro
Hilton Al Ain
+971 3 706 7057
samantha.castro@hilton.com

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