Hilton Grand Vacations Honored by Travel + Leisure

Hilton Worldwide, the lodging giant whose 3,600 hotels in 81 countries include the brands of the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Grand Vacations, has been honored by "Travel + Leisure" with the 2010 Global Vision Award.

Recognizing the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that are working to preserve the world's natural and man-made treasures, Travel + Leisure honored Hilton Worldwide with the award in the Corporate Greening category for the company’s new LightStay sustainability tracking system.

“We are honored to receive a Travel + Leisure 2010 Global Vision Award,” said Paul Brown, president of global brands and commercial services, Hilton Worldwide. “LightStay was developed to improve individual hotel performance while decreasing the company’s overall impact on the environment, and we are thrilled that our efforts are allowing us to continually provide our guests with the best sustainable lodging options."

LightStay specifically analyzes performance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. LightStay underwent two years of rigorous internal testing before being unveiled to the public in April 2010 along with the first full year of findings from 2009.

According to the testing results, 1,300 Hilton Worldwide properties using the system conserved enough energy to power 5,700 homes for a year, saved enough water to fill more than 650 Olympic-size pools and reduced carbon output equivalent to taking 34,865 cars off the road. These reductions in water and energy use also translated into an estimated savings of more than $29 million in utility costs in 2009.

By December 31, 2011 all of the more than 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of hotel brands will implement LightStay.
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