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MCLEAN, Va. - A recent survey on behalf of Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) global brand Hampton by Hilton uncovered a new type of traveler that has been defined as the "Seekender." This new group regularly takes advantage of weekends to spontaneously enjoy new experiences, with travel being at the top of the list. The study, conducted by Wakefield Research*, also revealed that Seekenders base their travel around four main types of activities/passions: food, sports, music or the great outdoors. Respondents across different generations also agreed that hitting the road for adventure and having experiences in life ranks higher than money.
"Knowing that 68 percent of Americans would rather embark on a bucket list trip than get a big promotion gives a new meaning to Hampton by Hilton's We Go TogetherTM campaign," said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president, focused service brand marketing and Hampton by Hilton. "We are on a mission to encourage people to go out, play and seek unique weekend experiences and life 'firsts' through new travel adventures."
Other noteworthy survey result findings include:
- 82 percent of working Americans would travel for a year without pay if money weren't a concern
- 49 percent of Americans rank "traveling to other countries" above buying their dream car
- 51 percent would prefer a trip that takes them out of their comfort zone
- Nearly one half of respondents agreed that the best thing about experiencing something new is making a lifelong memory, followed by sharing it with family and friends, (28 percent) and discovering something new (22 percent)
"With more than 2,000 properties globally, Hampton by Hilton makes it easier for passionate Seekenders to fulfill their dreams," Christa-Cathey added. "Our great value offering and the signature 100 percent satisfaction guarantee completes the recipe for weekend happiness."
As part of Hampton by Hilton's efforts to inspire Americans to seize the weekend, the brand is enlisting the Ultimate Seekender Team. The group of travel savvy influencers will celebrate the weekend and boldly explore their global neighborhood. Their adventures, and other surprises, will be captured and shared at www.HamptonSeekender.com throughout the year beginning August 10.
Launched earlier this year with a series of ads, the We Go TogetherTM campaign blends music and emotion to go beyond the functional benefits of the hotel experience. From jamming out to a concert with a best friend to reconnecting with loved ones on a weekend escape, We Go TogetherTM embodies the spirit of travel and Hampton by Hilton's promise to seek out the best moments alongside its guests. The brand has also partnered with Live Nation® to encourage concert lovers to seek out their music passions.
Follow the Seekender conversation at www.HamptonSeekender.com and #WeGoTogether on social media.
* Wakefield surveyed 1,504 adults nationally between July 15 and July 24, 2015, using an email invitation and online survey, with an overall margin of error of three percent.
About Hampton by Hilton As the number one ranked franchise for the past eight years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,200 properties totaling more than 223,000 rooms in 19 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or news.hampton.com and connect online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.