PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS

PCMA and HILTON HHONORS™ PARTNER TO SUPPORT MEETING PROFESSIONALS
Hilton HHonors members can now redeem HHonors points for PCMA membership

Chicago, IL, October 2012 – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has announced a new value-add option for meetings industry professionals to engage in PCMA membership. Hilton HHonors members will now have the option to redeem their HHonors Points for PCMA Professional or Supplier Memberships.

The process is simple and seamless; HHonorsmembers can visit the Global Shopping Mall at hhonors.com/shopping to take advantage of this opportunity.

Commenting on the agreement Ben Goedegebuure, International Board Director of PCMA and Director of Sales for the SECC, commented: “This agreement underlines the partnership nature of PCMA and how, as an association, we can bring wide reaching member benefits for senior meetings and events professionals.”

According to Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO, “This partnership is designed to help foster professional development and peer-to-peer business networking amongst those in the meetings, conventions and business events industry. Through the Hilton HHonors program PCMA members will be able to renew their membership by using their HHonors points, while those who are not members, but interested in their professional development, can easily join PCMA by using their HHonorspoints.”

“Recognizing the challenges facing meeting professionals in the last few years, Hilton Worldwide is pleased to be able to support the world class educational platform and premier networking opportunities associated with a PCMA membership. This is a unique opportunity and is yet another way Hilton Worldwide is committed to a healthy and vibrant meetings community.” said Larry Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide.

For more information on this program, visit pcma.org/memberdiscounts
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For further information, contact:
Alistair Turner at Davies Tanner on +44 (0)1892 617 904 or +44(0)7801 710 238 or alistair.turner@daviestanner.co.uk

About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

About Hilton HHonors
Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, offers its 30 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 3,800 hotels in 91 countries. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and StandardRoom Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting http://www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitalityc ompany, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels andresorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, HiltonWorldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, http://www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and http://www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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