Easy Escapes Gives Summer Travelers a Wonderful Vacation Souvenir

The Traveler Sentiment Index, just released for the second quarter of 2002 from the Travel Industry Association of America, reveals some very interesting statistics about today`s trend for leisure getaways. Although consumers are becoming more positive about their interest in taking leisure trips (up 4% from last quarter), as well as about their ability to travel based on their free time and finances (up 3.1% from last quarter), they are still looking for affordable value-added packages.


Make an easy investment this summer to share quality time with friends and loved ones—even for a quick weekend—and receive significant savings for future getaways through the end of 2002 with the Easy Escapes(TM) travel package. Available from now through September 2, 2002 at more than 520 participating Hilton(R), Conrad(TM), Doubletree(R) and Hilton Garden Inn(R) hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and other international destinations, Easy Escapes provides summer getaway seekers with a simple way to play—now and later.


The Easy Escapes travel package is filled with future travel deals for everything from flights and car rentals to lodging and meals—all from just one initial stay at a participating hotel. Upon check-in at the hotel, Easy Escapes guests will receive a booklet containing all of the following offers, which are fully transferable and valid through Dec. 31, 2002 unless otherwise noted:


* One “Fly Anywhere for $299” roundtrip flight on a participating airline between any of 99 cities in the continental U.S * Two $50 flight credits that can be applied to two flights of $250 or more on any airline to any destination * One coupon for five percent off an international flight, valid for any airline, date, destination and class of service * Five to 20 percent savings on weekly and weekend Avis(R) rental cars globally, plus an additional $15 off a weekly rental or $5 off each day on a minimum two-day weekend rental (maximum of $20) * A $100 food and beverage credit valid at participating Hilton and Doubletree resorts for each future resort stay of four nights or longer from now through Aug. 30, 2002 * A “Make Us Your Home for the Holidays” coupon offering free Sunday night stays to guests who arrive at participating Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree and Hilton Garden Inn hotels on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and stay three consecutive nights. The offer is available for stays from Nov. 1, 2002 through Dec. 30, 2002.


“We developed Easy Escapes to make travel as fun, rewarding and economical as possible. We also made Easy Escapes flexible to suit a host of traveler needs because we know each traveler and trip are different,” says Joanie Flynn, vice president of leisure marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “By building great future travel deals into a great getaway, we`ve almost succeeded in doing the impossible—creating the vacation that never ends. And, since all of the offers are fully transferable, travelers can share these special offers with friends and family.”

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Each offer carries its own terms and conditions. Specific booking instructions for the future travel offers are provided in the booklet that guests receive at check-in. Airline offers are coach service roundtrip and expire December 31, 2002. Fourteen-day advance purchase and Saturday night stay may be required. Hotel, car rental, airline and flight offers are based on availability at time of reservation. The $299 airline certificate requires a $9.95 registration and handling fee.


Easy Escapes rates are per room, per night for standard room accommodations and are generally valid for weekend stays, though some locations offer the program seven days a week. Participating Easy Escapes hotels, rates and day of week applicability may vary and are subject to change. Some blackout dates may apply. Offer includes one Easy Escapes Travel Values Booklet per room per stay. Please mention booking code EK for Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn hotels and EK1 for Doubletree hotels when booking your Easy Escape reservation.


Hilton Hotels Corporation and Hilton International, a subsidiary of Hilton Group plc, have a worldwide alliance to market Hilton, the world`s best-known hotel brand. Collectively offering more than 2,400 hotels in more than 60 countries worldwide, both companies are recognized as leaders in the hospitality industry.


For more information about Easy Escapes, visit www.HiltonEasyEscapes.com, www.DoubletreeEasyEscapes.com or www.HiltonGardenInnEasyEscapes.com, contact your local travel professional, or call 1-800-HILTONS or 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. or Canada. Travelers from outside the U.S. and Canada may contact the nearest Hilton Reservations Worldwide office.


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