Published on : Friday, September 27, 2019
From the time that Hilton announced its Big Five commitment to drive sustainable tourism in Africa less than a year ago, the company has allocated $626,000 towards community partnerships and projects. These initiatives impact and deepen positive social and environmental changes in five key areas – Youth Opportunity, Water Stewardship, Anti-Human Trafficking, Local Sourcing, and Wildlife Protection.
Hilton’s investments include hotel-level project funding as well as contributions through the newly founded Hilton Effect Foundation and Hilton’s global partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund, International Youth Foundation, and Vital Voices.
Rudi Jagersbacher, President, MEA&T, Hilton said: “Hilton is fully committed to Africa and the sustainable development of its travel and tourism sector. Our teams across the continent are empowered to invest in and scale up initiatives that build skills among young people, mitigate risks in human trafficking, engage local entrepreneurs across our supply chain, improve water efficiencies and promote responsible wildlife-based tourism.”
Hilton has been operating continuously in Africa since 1959 and is committed to long-term sustainable growth across the continent. It currently operates a total of 47 hotels in Africa and has an active pipeline with a further 52 properties under development.