According to a recent Hilton Hotels & Resorts survey of parents and children, while the majority of parents (60 percent) believe their kids love to travel to explore new adventures, only two of five kids (39 percent) share the same opinion. In fact, more than half the children (58 percent) take pleasure in simple things - such as playing with other kids and riding the elevators - much more than their parents think.
The survey suggests that adults` goals to achieve something with a family vacation can overlook their children`s need for a human connection, especially at a younger age.
“Family vacations are a time when kids can just re-connect with family members plus meet other kids from varied backgrounds,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of leisure marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Hilton Vacation Station® offers an added value for parents who plan a summer trip with their youngsters.”
It`s still not too late to book a great family getaway this summer. Now through Labor Day weekend, families can take advantage of this program at one of 60 participating Hilton hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Key to Hilton Vacation Station is the Toy Lending Desk, which offers an array of age-appropriate toys and games for children to borrow, providing hours of play with family members and new friends by the pool or anywhere else under the sun. One of the longest-running family travel programs, Hilton Vacation Station also assists parents by offering destination-specific information about local family happenings and attractions, saving them the hassle and time of pre-planning.
For an even more interactive experience, 13 properties offer supervised activities tailored specifically to reflect the location and culture of the hotel site. For example, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, kids can experience the Wild West, panning for gold and playing in a tepee.
At the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waikoloa Village?, kids can learn about Hawaiian culture as well as explore the island`s natural beauty and sealife through unique field trips and activities.
As a souvenir of their fun-filled summer vacation exploring new adventures and making new friends, each young guest, ages 1 to 12, will receive a Trip Taker Bag. This compact canvas carrier can hold a portable CD player or video game and up to six CDs or DVDs, as well as an extra pocket for a book or coloring materials. The Trip Taker Bag is the perfect item to carry all the portable goodies a child could want for summer fun on the run.
Hilton Vacation Station is offered at no additional charge to guests traveling with children ages 12 and under to participating locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The program also is available year-round at 13 hotels and resorts located in frequently visited family vacation destinations such as Florida, Arizona and California. Participation fees and age qualification for supervised activities vary by location and season.
Children age 18 and under stay free in the same room with their parents or grandparents at all U.S. Hilton properties (subject to room occupancy and local fire safety regulations). Outside the U.S., children`s age qualification varies.
For more information or to make reservations at any Hilton Vacation Station hotel, travelers may visit www.hilton.com/families, call 1-800-HILTONS in the U.S. and Canada or contact their local travel professional. For information or reservations outside the U.S. and Canada, travelers should call the nearest Hilton Reservations Worldwide office.