Everyone knows that storytelling is a win for nonprofits, but not all stories are created equal.To truly resonate with your readers, your story needs to have three essential ingredients:A strong emotional pull. Stories should make us feel something. Happy. Sad. Outraged. Inspired. All of these emotions can make an impact, but above all else, an amazingly effective message needs to make your reader feel, then act. Not think, then act. Not think, then feel, then act. FEEL, then act. Don’t disconnect these two steps. Lead with a strong pull of emotion, engage your reader’s senses, and then ask them to take action. A singular focus. Resist the urge to pack everything into one story—you’ll only confuse your reader. Stories work best when they are rich, yet simple, and are laser-focused on one message, one issue, and one person. You likely have many stories to tell, but focus on telling one distinct story at a time for best results.A clear tie to the reader. Your audience should quickly and clearly understand why your story matters to them. Does it tap into something they have experienced? Does it affect the community they love? Think about how to incorporate details that are meaningful to your supporters, then underscore your donors’ role in the story. Are they the hero? What can (or did) they make happen?There are many components that come together for an amazing story, but without these core elements, your message will fall flat. How are you incorporating all three into your donor communications?Need some help writing more effective stories for your nonprofit’s outreach? I’ve got your back.In our next free webinar, I’ll walk through a simple framework for more compelling stories that will help you connect with donors, raise more money, and retain supporters by reporting your impact in a highly memorable and relatable way. Register now to save your seat for Storytelling with the Emotional Brain. (Can’t attend the live session? Never fear. Go ahead and register and I’ll make sure you get a copy of the slides and the recording.)
Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 30, 2019Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaReproductive Health Program Management Advisor: PSI; Niamey, NigerSenior Advisor, Community Engagement: Save the Children; Bamako, MaliSenior Social and Behavior Change Advisor: Save the Children; Bamako, MaliM&E Director, Continuum of Care, Technical Assistance: PATH; Lusaka, Zambia (must have legal authorization to work in Zambia)Advocacy and Policy Manager, Advocacy and Public Policy: PATH; Kampala, Uganda (must have legal authorization to work in Uganda)Reproductive & Maternal Health Project Associate: Partners in Health; Kono, Sierra LeoneAsiaTechnical Director: Jhpiego; Afghanistan (Afghan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply)Program Director, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: PATH; New Delhi, IndiaNorth AmericaCommunications and Influence Manager: Jacaranda Health; Durham, NCSPO, Child Survival and Surveillance: Gates Foundation; Seattle, WADivision Chief, Maternal, Child, and Family Health: State of Illinois; Cook County, ILSenior Program Specialist Maternal and Child Health: International Development Research Center; Ottawa, ON, CanadaResearch Assistant II, Delivery Decisions: Ariadne Labs; Boston, MANational Director, Research, Evaluation & Data: Planned Parenthood; New York, NYSenior Data Analyst: Planned Parenthood; US RemoteTORCH Reproductive Health Educator: National Institute for Reproductive Health; New York, NYOnline Communications Assistant, Media and Communications Branch, Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships (DCS): UNFPA; New York, NY (Closing date: 26 September 2019 – 5:00pm EST)Maternal and Newborn Health Lead, MOMENTUM: Save the Children; Washington DCFamily Planning/Reproductive Health Lead, MOMENTUM: Save the Children; Washington DCSRHR Resource Mobilization Intern – US Government: CARE; Atlanta, GATechnical Lead, Immunizations, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition: PATH; Washington DC—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.
No. 23 Memphis at TempleGame time: Saturday, noon ETTV: ESPN2Upset chance per ESPN’s Football Power Index: 36.5 percent (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)USC at No. 9 Notre DameGame time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ETTV: NBCUpset chance per ESPN’s Football Power Index: 15.8 percent (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Washington State at No. 18 Arizona StateGame time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ETTV: Pac-12 NetworkUpset chance per ESPN’s Football Power Index: 43.5 percent (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)***[Related Article: ESPN Names The Most-Important Game In A Loaded Week 7]What Week 7 upsets are you predicting? SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 17: Braxston Cave #52 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish prepares to snap the ball against the USC Trojans during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season begins in earnest tonight. There will be several ranked teams facing sneaky tough challenges.At this point in the season, any major upsets can have a profound effect on conference title and College Football Playoff races. Will we see any huge underdogs come through?We’ve got three top 25 teams on “Upset Alert” heading into the weekend. One is on the road against a team that has already knocked off a top 25 team at home this year. Another is heavily favored at home against an arch-rival.Finally, we’ve got a matchup between the Pac-12’s biggest surprise team and one looking for its first conference win.
Gary Neville’s criticism of Paul Pogba being on penalty duty in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Wolves has been questioned by fellow 1999 Treble winner Andy Cole.The former Red Devils defender hit out the World Cup-winning midfielder for stepping up to the spot at Molineux when Marcus Rashford had previously converted in a 4-0 win over Chelsea.Pogba fluffed his lines against Wolves, with Rui Patricio beating his effort away, and abuse has come the way of a player who has been a scapegoat at Old Trafford for some time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Cole is surprised to see former United stars being so harsh on the Frenchman, believing it wrong to suggest that Pogba’s decision to take the ball can be considered a form of “treachery”.“I didn’t see Marcus kick up a stink about it so Marcus was comfortable about giving him the penalty,” former Red Devils striker Cole told talkSPORT.“We are talking about Paul missing a penalty when the goalkeeper makes a very, very good save.“I get on well with Gary Neville, but when people start talking about treachery and all that… come on, this is a sport. Let’s get real. We love football but when we start talking on those levels, he left me scratching my head a little bit.“He didn’t do it on purpose. The goalkeeper made a very good save. Yes, Marcus scored a penalty against Chelsea the week before but if Marcus was comfortable and Paul was comfortable we have to get on with it and move on.”Cole believes Pogba will be hurting as much as anyone after spurning the opportunity to collect three more points for United.He added: “Of course it can affect you because we’re human.“People think ‘ah, he’s earning all this money, he should be able to accept it and get on with it’. But it doesn’t work like that,“Behind closed doors, it does hurt. You are no different to anybody else. You are human and when people say certain things about you, it bitterly disappoints you. There’s no doubt Paul will be bitterly disappointed.“He is still smiling, still laughing but it hurts, definitely.”Pogba was subjected to racist abuse online after missing against Wolves, but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed him to offer the perfect response to his detractors and online trolls.The 26-year-old is likely to be back in action on Saturday when the Red Devils play host to Crystal Palace. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland described his stunning Champions League hat-trick as the “craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life”.Haaland – the son of ex-Manchester City and Leeds United defender Alf Inge – enjoyed a memorable Champions League debut, scoring three first-half goals to inspire a 6-2 rout of Genk on Tuesday.The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League bow since Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick for Manchester United against Fenerbahce in 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Haaland’s treble also saw him become only the eighth player to score three times on debut in Europe’s elite competition.”This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Haaland – who scored 11 league goals heading into the match – said after the Group E opener at Stadio Salzburg.”The fans today, oh my god. I had goosebumps as soon as I stepped onto the field and I still have this feeling in my body I never had before.”After crushing Belgian visitors Genk, Haaland does not believe it is impossible for Salzburg to follow in the footsteps of Dutch champions Ajax, who reached the semi-finals last season.”Everything is possible. We all saw Ajax last year, it would be nice to be the new Ajax,” he told UEFA.com. “But we know there are lot of good teams. It’s hard, but everything is possible.”Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch, who became the first U.S. manager to lead a team in the Champions League, led the praise for Haaland – who scored nine goals for Norway’s Under-20 side in a 12-0 demolition of Honduras in May – post-matchAsked to describe Haaland in three words, Marsch replied: “Positive. Energetic. Electric. Or maybe electrifying!””Haaland is a great player, but even more for me is that he’s a great young man. He shows up every day, he works hard and takes nothing for granted. He gives to his team-mates every day smiling. We’re really lucky to have him here and if we can keep him fit, he’s only going to get better.”Salzburg team-mates Maximilian Wober and Zlatko Junuzovic also hailed Haaland.Wober said: “He is phenomenal. With his height, to be so nimble and have such command of the ball. It’s really hard to play against him in training, you just have to foul him. Once again, he proved why he’s definitely going to become one of the best strikers in the world.”Junuzovic added: “His goalscoring run is incredible. I’m so happy he scored three today. People said: ‘okay he’s scoring for fun in the league, but wait until he comes to the big stage’. Then he goes and scores another hat-trick!”
Tottenham’s early struggles in 2019-20 are considered to be “normal” by Gus Poyet who stresses Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also endured a wobble.Those in north London have taken just eight points from a possible 18 in the Premier League, while also being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two outfit Colchester.Mauricio Pochettino has faced some uncomfortable questions, while those on the field have been forced to admit that the high standards set by last season’s Champions League finalists have dipped. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Spurs are, however, far from the only leading side in Europe to be experiencing such difficulties.Domestic foes United remain in the midst of a rebuilding project, while PSG and Barcelona – dominant forces in Ligue 1 and La Liga over recent years – have already dropped a surprising number of points.With that in mind, ex-Tottenham midfielder Poyet is reading little into the slow start made by his former club.He told talkSPORT: “I think it’s normal.“They got to the Champions League final last year and were close to the biggest trophy“Everybody was looking at Tottenham during the summer expecting those big players to come because of the previous two transfer windows not signing any players, and as a consequence the team didn’t start very well.“But it’s happening everywhere.“I like to watch football not only in England, but in Spain and France too, and Paris Saint-Germain are not great – in the league they’ve lost two games already!“The same is happening for Real Madrid and Barcelona, and of course at Manchester United.“When you’re winning nobody pays attention but as soon as you don’t, or you have a result like against Colchester, the difficult questions start for coaches in the press conferences.”Pochettino has been linked with moves to Old Trafford and Real Madrid again of late.He has, however, stated his full commitment to a role in London for now and is being urged to carefully monitor his squad to make sure the best decisions are made heading forward.Among those to have disappointed so far this season is Christian Eriksen, with the Dane struggling for form on the back of a summer filled with transfer speculation as he contract runs down.Poyet feels the 27-year-old should be given a break in an effort to realign his focus, saying: “I think it’s going to happen.“I think they’ve got the squad and the way of playing, it’s just a matter of picking the players who are better at the moment.“Sometimes players go through bad times and difficult moments for whatever reason, and it looks to me like Eriksen, one of the best players at Spurs, is not having a great time at the moment.“It’s a big decision to make, but you’ve got two options; you give him confidence he needs and you play him week in, week out, or you give him one week to go to Dubai and forget about football.“But Mauricio knows his players well, so I’m sure he will make the right decision.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bayern Munich and Germany star Serge Gnabry believes traditional ideas of masculinity are outdated, including when it comes to talking about modern football.The 24-year-old former Arsenal winger continued his meteoric rise on Wednesday evening, scoring his 10th international goal on only his 11th appearance in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina.Gnabry has faced struggles in his young career, most notably in a difficult loan spell at West Brom while with the Gunners. But after returning to Germany with Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and now Bayern, he is now establishing himself as one of the most effective attacking widemen in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “For me, it is more important to be a good person than a good man,” he told GQ Germany as part of their ‘New Masculinity’ campaign.“For me, this is someone who looks out for his environment, who wants good for other people, who is honest and forward-thinking.“Gender roles provide orientation. But they also restrict you. Masculinity in the classical sense is not important to me, it’s always about being the strongest. But the topic of ‘New Masculinity’ interests me a lot. For me, new masculinity means freedom, openness and respect for individual ways of life.”Gnabry spoke about the positive influence of his father, who accompanied him when he moved to England at the age of just 16.He says his guidance as a man and a footballer helped him avoid bad influences and develop an openness and honesty about his thoughts and feelings.“If my team lost a really important game, I cried in front of him,” Gnabry said. “Once, when he was our coach and shouted at me for mistakes of my teammates.“But that made me harder. That’s what characterizes you for life. You can handle criticism better. My dad has accompanied my whole career and has always been there for me. Through football we have a mega-tight bond. He is a role model for me.“In competitive sports, it is often presented as a weakness when we talk about pressure, when we reveal our feelings, what we really think and feel. But every person has weaknesses and fears.“This is often forgotten because, like machines, we always have to accelerate, always have to perform. If we talked more about feelings, things would change. It would be clear that we are only human, that we make mistakes, that it can’t always go well.“Maybe this would be a way to escape the pressure, to perform anew, to react anew and to have a different self-confidence.”
Chelsea are facing something of a defensive injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s match against Newcastle, with Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri doubtful for the Premier League clash.Christensen was one of a number of Blues stars to pick up injuries during the current international break, with the Denmark international struggling with a hamstring problem.Emerson, meanwhile, has been out since September with a hamstring problem, and though Chelsea are not ruling out a comeback for the ex-Roma full-back, he faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the visit of the Magpies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also suffered fitness issues while representing their national sides, though Frank Lampard’s staff are working hard to ensure all three are ready for when domestic action returns.James is hopeful of being involved in training this week after he suffered a reoccurence of an ankle injury he picked up over the summer while with the England Under-21s.Kante, meanwhile, tweaked a muscle while warming-up for France ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifying win over Iceland, and sat out the clash in Scandinavia.The World Cup-winner was named on the bench for Monday’s draw with Turkey, however, and he will continue to be monitored upon his return to west London.Kovacic’s chances of appearing against Steve Bruce’s side are less clear after he limped out of Croatia’s clash with Wales following a collision with Tottenham defender Ben Davies.Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic described Kovacic’s injury as both a knock and a knee twist after the match, and the former Real Madrid midfielder will now undergo checks on his fitness status.In more positive news, Antonio Rudiger is being readied for a return to first-team action after a truncated start to the season for the Germany international.Having missed the opening month of the campaign while recovering from a knee injury he suffered in April, Rudiger made his return to first-team action against Wolves in September.He suffered a groin injury at Molineux, however, and has been on the sidelines since as he looks to get back to full fitness.Lampard is likely to be cautious with a player many believe is the best central defender available to the ex-Derby County boss, and as such Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are set to start on Saturday.The return of Rudiger means that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the last long-term injury absentee in the Chelsea treatment room, though the England midfielder is hoping to return to training in November as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in May.Chelsea are looking to build on the improved form they showed ahead of the break when they return to action having picked up four straight wins across three competitions.They welcome a Newcaslte side who are coming off their win over Manchester United last time out at the weekend before travelling to Amsterdam to face last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in Europe’s premier club competition on Wednesday.Additional reporting from Carlo Garganese Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi says he has “never had the need to leave the best club in the world”, with Barcelona still very much part of his present and future.Transfer talk has swirled around the Argentine superstar in the past, and he recently revealed that he considered a move in 2013 after being caught up in a tax avoidance case.Remaining loyal to Barca was not a tough choice, with that decision having been vindicated by more major honours and prestigious individual prizes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Most recently, he has been presented with the sixth Golden Shoe of a stunning career.It remains to be seen how long the 32-year-old has left, but he is reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding a possible end date for an iconic career.Messi told Gazzetta dello Sport when that question was put to him: “I’ll find out over time, because you realise by yourself when you can’t go on.“I’ll be the one to say enough is enough, but I don’t know how much longer that will be. At the moment I feel good.”That will be music to the ears of those at Camp Nou, who have worked hard to keep Messi happy, firing and fully committed to their cause.The Argentine’s eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has opted to take on several new challenges in his career – taking in spells at the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus – but Messi insists transfers have never been an option for him.He added: “Each of us looks for experiences that he considers to be best for himself.“I have never had the need to leave the best club in the world, which is Barcelona. Here I enjoy every workout, every game and the city.“Overall this is a complete experience and I have always had in mind what my goal is here without having to go looking for it elsewhere.”Messi is also happy to buck the trend when it comes to the public profile of superstar performers, with the quiet South American prepared to let his football do the talking while the likes of Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sing their own praises.“I prefer that others talk about me,” he added.“I know what I am, what I have done and what I can still give, but I keep it to myself. Whether others are commenting, I don’t like talking about myself. I always prefer to think of the collective.”Messi feels ready to continue making headlines now that he is clear of the untimely injury which delayed his start to the 2019-20 campaign.With one goal to his name this term, he said of his physical condition: “It is difficult, because in your head you feel good, strong. You think you are 25 and you can continue to do the same things you did then.“But it is the body that commands you and there are situations in which you have to pay more attention than before. We need to manage matches and training differently.”
Faculty of Historians Will Provide Avenues of Learning on Every Viking Ocean Cruises Itinerary Los Angeles (March 23, 2017) – Viking Cruises® (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced the rollout of its new onboard Viking Resident Historian program. Launching on Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky this month, a carefully selected faculty of historians will provide an enhanced level of enrichment for guests onboard all of Viking’s ocean cruise ships. A new video on the Resident Historian program can be found on the Viking website. The Viking Resident Historians will provide guests with a high-level historical and cultural education that is specific to their journey, offering a framework for understanding the major chapters in world history. They will also conduct seminar-style roundtables – smaller, more intimate forums for discussion with guests, where the Viking Resident Historian will examine in-depth subjects related to their own area of specialization and/or particular areas of interest of the guests. “Our guests are explorers – they are curious travelers who want to learn,” said Karine Hagen, Senior Vice President of Viking Cruises, who leads Viking’s enrichment efforts. “Having a fundamental understanding of iconic historical events in the destinations our guests visit helps bring a deeper understanding of the present – and perhaps also a better perspective on the future.” The Viking Resident Historians have been engaged to provide a history course as a refresher, which is then supplemented by onboard Guest Lecturers who contribute their particular expertise (art, architecture, music, etc.) of the region. The responsibilities of Viking Resident Historians extend well beyond just lectures during each cruise itinerary and include: Presenting itinerary iconic lectures (examples in Europe and Scandinavia include: The Roman Empire; The Ottoman Empire; The Hanseatic League; Imperial Russia)Conducting roundtable discussions (examples include: The Elgin Marbles; Women Explorers; Venetian Naval Power)Hosting history-themed dinner discussions onboardHolding daily “office hours” for one-on-one time with guestsBeing available for guest questions and interactions outside lectures and office hours throughout the itinerary The Viking Resident Historian lectures are exclusively produced by Viking, under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian. The lectures are standardized as a core curriculum to guarantee consistency throughout the fleet, regardless of which Viking Resident Historian is lecturing. As with other onboard lectures, the Viking Resident Historian series will be presented in The Theater – and each will also be filmed and made available for guests on the in-room entertainment system. Additionally, the series is currently being professionally filmed in-studio, and in early 2018 will be available in its entirety on-demand through the in-room entertainment system on all Viking river and ocean ships. Charles Doherty, PhD, has lectured in more than 60 countries for The National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Doherty received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and attended the Courtauld Institute in London as a Fulbright Scholar. The first three Viking Resident Historians that will be featured onboard Viking’s three ocean cruise ships this spring are:Dr. Mark Callaghan holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of London, an M.A. in Art History from Oxford University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Manchester. Dr. Callaghan is a specialist in 20th century European art and culture and will serve as the Viking Resident Historian on Viking Sky on sailings of Empires of the Mediterranean this spring.Lt. Colonel Tony Coutts-Britton is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and served with the British Army in Europe and Asia – and later with NATO in the Partnership for Peace program. Lt. Col. Coutts-Britton lectures on the social and political aspects of European military history and will serve as the Viking Resident Historian on Viking Sea on sailings of Empires of the Mediterranean this spring.Dr. Fenella Bazin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool’s Center for Manx Studies. Dr. Bazin is a specialist in the Age of the Vikings and modern Norway and will serve as the Viking Resident Historian on Viking Star on sailings of Empires of the Mediterranean this spring. The launch of the Resident Historian program is just the latest of several recent additions to the onboard cultural offerings for Viking Ocean Cruises, including:Munch Moments – In 2016 the company announced an exclusive partnership with Oslo’s Munch Museum, designed to celebrate the life and artwork of Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, with daily “Munch Moments,” staged for guests each day in the ship’s Atrium.The Metropolitan Opera – Viking has worked with the world renowned Metropolitan Opera to bring Puccini’s classic love story “La Bohème” to guests. As part of the Metropolitan Opera’s groundbreaking “The Met: Live in HD” series, this Viking Privileged Access experience takes guests beyond an ordinary visit to the opera with behind-the-scenes features such as interviews with cast and crew members.Viking Art Guide – Viking has launched the Viking Art Guide, a new mobile app available in the App Store, which is a walking tour of Viking’s ocean ships and the extensive collection of Nordic art onboard that can be experienced at a guest’s leisure. The Viking Difference Designed for discerning travelers, Viking offers “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. The Viking Difference is providing guests with extraordinarily well-designed journeys that bring them closer to the cultures of the world. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port, more overnights and fewer days at sea. Onboard, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. All-veranda ships mean that guests experience every day with a new, expansive vista. With the most al fresco dining at sea, featuring regional cuisines and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences onshore and onboard. And only The Viking Way brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. In addition, Viking Inclusive Value provides a small ship experience at a big ship value – with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service—an included value of more than $200 per person, per day for an average cruise. About Viking Cruises Viking Cruises, the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising, offers destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. In its first year of operation, Viking Ocean Cruises was rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 “World’s Best” Awards, which came on the heels of being rated the highest of all cruise lines in the 2015 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 61 vessels, offering scenic cruising along the rivers and oceans of the Americas, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. By 2019 the company will operate six 930-passenger ocean cruise ships and will sail itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, North America and the Caribbean. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.
Goway is offering a variety of specials on its ever-expanding range of Europe cruises for 2017. Goway is opening the waterways of Europe for summer 2017, partnering with several of the continent’s best providers to offer unique cruise vacations across the continent. Passengers can save on Portugal and Spain, booking an 8-day cruise between Seville and Lisbon. Those who book by May 31 will save $594 US or $724 CA per couple when they travel by June 29. Other savings include no single supplement on the Classic Danube cruise when booked by May 15, and 10% off Barging in France, when booked by May 31. “Barging is such a unique way to see the destination with an intimate small group. This tour includes a guide which is really the cherry on top of this once in a lifetime experience,” says Goway’s Europe Product Manager, Nadya Phelan. For a completely different taste of Europe, cruise lovers can set out from Reykjavik, circumnavigating Iceland. One big advantage of an Iceland cruise is its ability to reach parts of the country many Iceland tours won’t, including the remote sights of the northeast coastline. Cruising also offers a convenient way to keep costs under control in one of the most expensive countries in Europe. Getting a good deal in Iceland means planning ahead, so bookings are now being taken for summer 2018. Passengers who book by June 15 will receive 20% off this 10-day itinerary. A range of Norwegian Cruise Line itineraries offer Globetrotters the chance to explore a wide variety of other European destinations, including the Greek Islands, the Western Mediterranean, and the Baltic Capitals.
CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES WELCOMES CRYSTAL MAHLER TO THE FLEET AT HANDOVER CEREMONY IN GERMANYGerman volleyball champion christens Crystal River Cruises’ second ‘Rhine Class’ ship MIAMI, September 20, 2017 – Crystal River Cruises, The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, officially welcomed Crystal Mahler to its award-winning fleet today in Germany during a handover ceremony held at MV WERFTEN Shipyard. The second “Rhine Class” river ship was received by Crystal’s newly appointed president and CEO, Tom Wolber and was then christened by godmother Lauren Barfield. Ms. Barfield is an American volleyball star who has led teams to victory since her professional career began in Europe in 2012, and is currently playing for reigning German champions SSC Palmberg Schwerin, a team sponsored by MV WERFTEN. Ms. Barfield christened the ship with the traditional German blessing and champagne bottle breaking, as Crystal executives, local dignitaries and guests from Crystal parent company, Genting Hong Kong, looked on. “Welcoming this stunning new ship to Crystal’s celebrated fleet is incredibly gratifying, as we continue to expand the celebrated Crystal Experience to a broader audience of discerning world travelers,” says Wolber. “Like her sister ships, Crystal Mahler surpasses all previously established standards of luxury in the river cruising industry, with Crystal’s signature service and attention to detail that our guests have long expected from the ‘World’s Best.’” Crystal Mahler joins Crystal Mozart and sister “Rhine Class” ship Crystal Bach, which embarked just last month, as part of the Crystal River Cruises fleet that was recently named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Sailing seven-, eleven- and 16-day voyages along the Rhine and Danube Rivers, she will call in medieval towns and modern hubs in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Netherlands and Hungary. Two additional “Rhine Class” ships, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, will join the fleet in 2018. “A new milestone has been reached with the handing over of Crystal Mahler to Crystal River Cruises as half of the Rhine Class river cruisers have now been delivered,” said Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN, during the handover. The four 106 guest, all-suite, all-balcony “Rhine Class” river ships will offer plush amenities and spaces rarely seen in river cruising, featuring Crystal’s signature service thanks to the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the industry. The ship features French balconies in all suites, many with walk-in closets and dual vanities in the bathrooms, and Crystal’s celebrated butler service in every suite to attend to guests’ individual wishes. ETRO robes and slippers, personal iPads, wall-mounted 42-inch, flat-screen HD TVs with streaming movies, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Nespresso machines are standard in every suite. Additional enticing features include a luxurious spa and separate fitness center and Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries including the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro café, the exclusive Vintage Room and the Palm Court. “The enthusiastic response to Crystal’s first Rhine Class ship, Crystal Bach, has been tremendous,” says Wolber. “The innovative design of these ships and industry-leading features and amenities are truly impressive, and the world’s most selective travelers are taking notice.” About Crystal CruisesBy sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow the Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitterand Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.
New Options Would Bring Viking’s Ocean Fleet to 16 Ships by 2027 Los Angeles (March 6, 2018) – Viking® (www.vikingruises.com) today announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking’s partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions. “When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising. We focus on the destination, and we do not cram our ships with gimmicks and waterslides. Our understated, elegant, award-winning ships are designed to simply enable our guests to better explore their destination,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “In our first two years of operation, we have been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line, and this new order speaks to the positive response we have received from our guests and the industry. As we continue to expand our brand, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration.” This announcement comes just prior to the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun®, on March 8 in Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s sold-out 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai will mark the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China. Viking Sun will also be the first-ever cruise ship to be named in Shanghai. Classified by Cruise Critic® as “small ships,” Viking’s all-veranda ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, have 465 staterooms and host 930 guests.Viking Sun is the newest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea® and Viking Sky®. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion® in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter® in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are now on order for delivery starting in 2021, which will bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. About Viking CruisesViking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia and is now the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first two years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 63 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2027 the company will operate 16 930-guest ocean cruise ships. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.
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Steve Paszt This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Steve Paszt Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Inside, the massive 44-foot-long living room is the hub of the home. It features an impressive concrete block fireplace that anchors the room on one end. It is balanced on the other end by a private terrace. The walls of the living room are glass double doors that can be fully opened up to the terrace, turning it into an indoor-outdoor living space. Above the living room, the second-floor mezzanine is suspended by tensioned wood beams, making it appear as if it is floating above the space.Wright also experimented with materials in his Usonian homes and Boulter House is a shining example of his expertise at combining disparate finishes. The public area of the home is defined by a brick driveway and entryway. This brick wall section, which faces the street, features clerestory windows that provide visual privacy from within, while still letting in plenty of light. The private sides of the home are composed of wood and glass, allowing the family to enjoy a strong connection to nature and the outdoors. The two-story, 2,500 square-foot home did receive some updates over the years, but all of the signature Wright touches are still visible. Over the years, the home has seen just three owners, all of whom worked in the architectural field and strived to preserve the home as Wright designed it. While a few modern comforts have been added on, like stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and a new soaking tub in the bathroom, Wright’s original vision is still intact. The flat roof keeps the profile of the home low and connected to the ground and Wright-designed furnishings and built-ins are still in place. With an asking price of just $695,000, it’s no wonder this little piece of architectural history sold in only one day.This isn’t the first Usonian to come up for sale, though. Recently, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sondern-Adler Home hit the market (without original furniture) for a cool 1.6 million. 1 of 7 For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Steve Paszt Steve Paszt Steve Paszt Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Next Steve Paszt Previous Editors’ Recommendations Steve Paszt Steve PasztFans of Frank Lloyd Wright were buzzing recently. One of the architect’s residential designs, Boulter House went up for sale, and it was actually affordable. The Usonian-style home was one of the first to ask under $1 million, putting it within reach for people who dream of owning one of the famed architect’s designs but don’t have millions to drop on a house. We knew it wouldn’t last on the market. Sure enough, it sold in just one day. One of only three homes Wright built in Cincinnati, Boulter House is a Later Usonian style. Wright dreamed of building the ideal American neighborhood and began work on his Usonians in the 1930s. By the time Boulter House was built in 1956, he had nearly perfected his vision. Within the home, there are clearly defined public and private areas and a play of ceiling heights creates different sensations of intimacy and openness as you walk through the home. Walls of glass provide a strong connection to the outdoors and the small size of the home made it obtainable for a middle-class family of the time.Unlike his early Usonians which were architecturally simple, L-shaped designs, the Later Usonians were more elaborate. Boulter House showcases this in its unique layout that was inspired by the shape of a ship. Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Riviera River Cruises is pleased to announce new Cruise, Walk & Discover excursions that can be added on to select river cruise departures starting in fall 2019, with additional excursions being planned for 2020. Guests will see fascinating European cities from a different perspective during guided active walks with local experts, following paths and trails through forests, meadows and vineyards, along rivers, and up to scenic views, castles and ruins. For more information about Riviera River Cruises and its new Cruise, Walk & Discover excursions, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com/walk-discover-cruise or call 888-838-8820. “Our new walking excursions are the perfect addition for guests who want to be more active or experience a more natural setting during their European river cruise,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “As with our regular visits and tours, local experts will lead the way and share their knowledge, guiding guests through forests, up hills and along rivers to beautiful viewpoints and historical sites.” The new Cruise, Walk & Discover excursions can be added on to three river cruise departures in fall 2019:Medieval Germany, Sept. 26, 2019, departure: Three active walks in Wertheim, Würzburg and Bamberg. Cost is $39 per person. The Blue Danube, Oct. 14, 2019, departure: Three active walks in Esztergom, Dürnstein and Mondsee. Cost is $39 per person. Cruise the Heart of Europe, Oct. 31, 2019, departure: Five active walks in Hainburg an der Donau, Passau, Bamberg, Würzburg and Rüdesheim. Cost is $59 per person. Walks will be approximately two to 2 1/2 hours in duration and range from three to five miles in distance. Descriptions for all walks are available at https://www.rivierarivercruises.com/walk-discover-cruise. During the Wertheim walk on the Medieval Germany departure, for example, guests will leave the river behind and climb to Wertheim Castle, known for its distinctive tower. The castle was once home to the counts of Wertheim and the ruins are a reminder of the Thirty Years’ War, when it was partly destroyed in an attack. From the castle, there are great views of the Main River and the smaller Tauber River. Guests will then climb through the forest on a panoramic trail along the Taubertal, before descending to the Tauber River and following it back to Wertheim. Riviera offers 15 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers, aboard the youngest fleet of ships in Europe, with none older than six years. Riviera’s cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places. Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees, or to artificially inflate or discount prices. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests. For more information about Riviera River Cruises, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820. Riviera River Cruises Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a North American office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Riviera is known for its highly rated five-star product, its ships with spacious cabins and suites, relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous on-board meals and captivating excursions, and its exceptional value. Riviera puts its guests first, hosting over 100,000 guests on its river cruises in the past five years, and is very supportive of the travel agent community, with programs such as a dedicated agent portal. For more information, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820.
MCLEAN, Va. – With over 1,075 open properties, the All Suites brands by Hilton, consisting of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, had a Q2 marked by expansion particularly into airport and urban locations. Together, they opened 33 properties this quarter, including nine in key airport and downtown areas, two dual-brands, and two Canadian openings. In addition to opening more than 30 properties in Q2, the All Suites brands by Hilton have nearly 600 properties in the pipeline. This growth is reflected in quickly approaching milestones for both Homewood Suites by Hilton, which is on pace to open its 500th property in Q3, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, which is on pace to open its 400th property in the first quarter of 2020. “As a category, the All Suites brands by Hilton pride themselves on being responsive to travelers’ preferences, and this includes working to grow our footprint so that we have a presence everywhere our loyal guests want to stay,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head and senior vice president, All Suites brands by Hilton. “By using innovative building models, such as multi-brand properties, adaptive re-use and modular construction, we have been able to expand into traditionally high-barrier-to-entry downtown markets as well as key airport proximate locations.” Brand Achievements and Upcoming Milestones In the second quarter of 2019, the All Suites brands have had success, both individually and as a category, and continue to make major strides towards new milestones. All Suites brands by Hilton: In March, the category launched the Clean the World Challenge alongside Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. After only a few months, they collectively blew past the original goal of collecting enough bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycled into 1 million bars of new soap by Global Handwashing Day on October 15. As such, a new goal of 2 million bars has been set. Embassy Suites by Hilton: In keeping with the category’s use of innovative building models to grow in urban and downtown areas, the upcoming Embassy Suites by Hilton Knoxville Downtown, slated to open early in the fourth quarter this year, is an adaptive re-use of the William F. Conley Building, a 13-story former condo and office building that also housed a bank. Homewood Suites by Hilton: Recently opened Homewood Suites by Hilton Steamboat Springs embodies the brand’s flexibility, with a central location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains that gives guests the value-added offerings that both business and leisure travelers are looking for when in the area. To commemorate the brand’s 30th anniversary, global head Rick Colling has been visiting Homewood Suites by Hilton properties from New York to Monterrey, Mexico. To follow along use the hashtag #HomewoodSuites30. Home2 Suites by Hilton: Home2 Suites by Hilton opened 25 properties, bringing their current number to 332 open properties and putting them easily on pace to hit their milestone 400th property in the first quarter of next year. Notable Openings Throughout the second quarter of 2019, the All Suites brands by Hilton continued to use innovative building methods to expand their footprint both domestically and abroad. New properties include: Embassy Suites by Hilton: Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown: Part of the category’s growing downtown footprint, this property is proximate to both tourism and business destinations like the Grand River and DeVos Place Convention Center in the Monroe North business district. Homewood Suites by Hilton: Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop: Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, this property is a dual-brand with Hilton Garden Inn, a model that drives efficiencies through shared construction and zoning and which provides multiple price points and room types all under one roof. Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport: Just three miles from SLC International Airport, this property is proximate to prime leisure destinations like Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, and is in the central hub for Salt Lake City professional businesses. Home2 Suites by Hilton: Home2 Suites by Hilton Toronto Brampton: Another dual-brand property with Hilton Garden Inn, this location is part of the category’s continued expansion into key Canadian markets, providing a versatile option for guests visiting Toronto, the leading city in Canada for tourism. Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North: This property was built just minutes from downtown San Francisco using modular construction, going from groundbreaking to opening in just 16 months, a fraction of the typical construction time in the Bay Area. Signed Deals The All Suites brands by Hilton grew their pipeline with 30 new signed deals in the second quarter of 2019, bringing the total combined pipeline to nearly 600 pending hotels. Notable signed deals, reflecting the category’s continued growth into downtown areas as well as key business and tourism destinations, include Home2 Suites by Hilton Oceanside, California, Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Beach Sanibel Gateway, Florida, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown the Gulch, Tennessee. About Embassy Suites by Hilton Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 17 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 253 hotels with 43 in the pipeline. 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 WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/embassysuites, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,900 properties with more than 939,000 rooms, in 114 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 94 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.About Home2 Suites by Hilton Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in Hilton’s history, is a mid-tier, all-suite, award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guestroom designs; laundry and fitness areas; complimentary WiFi; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business centers; expansive community spaces; and pet-friendly environments. Home2 Suites by Hilton has more than 330 hotels with 435 in the pipeline. 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 WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Visit www.home2suites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/home2suites for additional information, or here for franchising opportunities. Connect with Home2 Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.About Homewood Suites by Hilton Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 490 locations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for extended or quick overnight stays, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include complimentary internet, a daily full hot breakfast, and complimentary evening socials every Monday – Thursday. 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 WiFi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/homewoodsuites, and connect with Homewood Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.