Hilton’s Meet With Purpose Puts Customers First

Puppies and Ice Cream pairs meeting attendees with dogs from a local shelter. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Boca Beach Club)
Puppies and Ice Cream pairs meeting attendees with dogs from a local shelter. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Boca Beach Club)

Hilton’s Meet With Purpose initiative is all about making it easier for meeting planners to incorporate health and wellness, along with sustainable practices, into meetings and events.

The vision behind the initiative belongs to Toni Zoblotksy, Hilton’s director of B2B marketing, who filled us in on specifics of some of the offerings during IMEX last October. For example, there’s Puppy Cuddling, a 30-minute afternoon break where attendees enjoy ice cream and get to cuddle with puppies from local shelters. Not only do attendees love it, but it gives the dogs a much-needed dose of affection.

A yoga and yogurt event lets attendees do a yoga flow and then enjoy a yogurt parfait breakfast. “It’s the perfect opportunity for a planner to delight their attendees by providing an exercise activity and a breakfast rolled into one package,” is how Zoblotsky described it. “It allows them to stay on the rails with their fitness program when they travel.”

In addition to wellness, Meet With Purpose is about sustainability. Hilton’s catering experts encourage meeting planners to reexamine their F&B to minimize food waste and promote healthy choices, offering solutions such as portion control, pre-plating salads and establishing central water stations with reusable containers. In the meeting room, less resource-intensive practices might include using paperless registration or turning off a room’s climate control when not in session.

Another Hilton initiative begun last year, WOWMakers celebrates how meeting and event planners “wow” their attendees and clients. As part of the “WowMakers Make Amazing Happen” competition, planners can nominate themselves or a fellow planner who went above and beyond to deliver a wow experience for clients. Ten nominees will win a trip to a 2018 industry event of their choice and a grand prize winner will be featured in an upcoming Hilton ad campaign. Nominate someone today!

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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