Team Members From Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Celebrate Second Annual Hilton Worldwide Global Week of Service

Local Volunteers Join Thousands of Team Members Across 90 Countries and Territories by Serving Asia Center Foundation

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November 07, 2013

PHUKET, Thailand - In celebration of Hilton Worldwide's second annual Global Week of Service, October 9 - 10, more than 40 volunteers from Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa have partnered Asia Center Foundation with a mission to conduct life skills training for underprivileged children who are supported by this foundation.

On October 9, the Management of Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa together with the Blue Energy Committee visited one of the childcare centers on Phuket Island to run a variety of life skill sessions. These sessions included personal hygiene, English lessons, Pandanas leaf folding and a basic cooking class to be able to develop their general life skills. The following day, October 10, the children visited the hotel to enjoy its facilities including Kids' Club and a healthy lunch.

Community service is a tradition embedded in Hilton Worldwide's culture, and acts of volunteerism occur year-round across 10 distinct brands and more than 4,000 properties. Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa's efforts are a part of Hilton Worldwide's week-long celebration of the company's commitment to serving the communities where we live, work and travel, which this year includes more than 1,200 hands-on service projects globally. "Being able to support the Asia Center Foundation during our Global Week of Service this year has been a great experience for both the children at the foundation as well as for our team members. Providing underprivileged children with essential skills needed in life is a key component in creating opportunities and strengthening communities as part of our hotels' commitment to Travel with Purpose," said Andre Gomez, general manager of Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. "We will be continuing our support to Asia Center Foundation by committing to hosting their annual graduation ceremony in March each year, combined with fund raising activities throughout the year topped-up by the hotel for scholarships for their five top students."

"Asia Center foundation (ACF) is very excited about working together with Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa in providing opportunities to the disadvantaged children in Phuket. The activities throughout the past two days presented by Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa already made a tremendous difference to their lives. ACF would like to thank Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa and the staff for their initiative and great spirit in helping us to reach our goal of providing new opportunities and planting seeds for big dreams for their futures," said Roelien Muller, director of Asia Center Foundation.

Global Week of Service is Hilton Worldwide's largest annual volunteer service initiative and brings together Team Members from across Hilton Worldwide's corporate offices and hotel properties, helping to strengthen the company's connections with its communities and bringing it closer together as a global team. Follow this link to watch a short video on Global Week of Service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAGjV-6MJZA7hd=1.

During Global Week of Service, Team Members will be encouraged to share their personal stories of service and hospitality through a variety of channels. Photos and stories from Hilton Wor ldwide' s Global Week of Service event s will be pos ted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account throughout the week.

In 2012, during Hilton Worldwide's inaugural Global Week of Service, Team Members at more than 600 properties and offices completed more than 800 volunteer projects in 401cities across the company's global footprint. The projects focused on engaging Team Members and delivering on Hilton Worldwide's commitment to Travel with Purpose by creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. This year, the company aims to build upon this community engagement and is striving to complete more than 1,200 service projects.

About Asia Center Foundation
Asia Center Foundation (ACF) http://www.asiacenterfoundation.org/ is a Christian Charity registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) on Phuket, Thailand in operation since 2002. Its mission is to help disadvantaged children and children-at-risk by providing care, training and education so that they will fulfill their God given potential. The ACF's vision is to restore children to God, transform and develop them into leaders influencing their world. ACF employs local Thai staff and also makes use of the help of local and international volunteers to engage and work with underprivileged, impoverished and children-at-risk on Phuket, out of the 57 million primary-school-age children that are out of school around the world; 611,000 live in Thailand. The Asia Center Foundation started as a Christian charity, by responding to a need in the community for basic English teaching in Patong, one of the main tourist areas on the island. Since then, ACF has rented facilities to host its childcare centers in different parts of the island and created both an educational and a sports program. ACF helps children to focus on their education and overall development despite the difficult and impoverished situations of the students. ACF aims to give them hope to believe in a brighter future. With the help of a dedicated team of staff, board members, volunteers and donors; ACF has managed to make an impact on many children's' lives since 2002.

About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM is Hilton Worldwide's commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility for more information.

Contact

Halutehai Wattanapathomvong
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
+66 7639 6433/41
haluethai.wattanapathomvong@hilton .com

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