BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just in time for daylight saving – when clocks will be set one hour ahead on Sunday, March 9, 2008 – Hilton Garden Inn® announced today its annual "Give Back the Hour" promotion which gives guests an extra two hours for check-out.1 In observance of this big day, guests staying at participating Hilton Garden Inn locations will be treated to an extended check-out time of 2 p.m. (instead of the standard noon check-out) this Sunday, at no additional cost.
The annual promotion is available for one day only and guests will be notified of the extended late check-out upon arriving at the hotel. Guests won't have to look further than their hotel or guestroom for ideas on how to spend those two additional hours that may include:
"Even though clocks will 'spring forward' this Sunday, Hilton Garden Inn guests won't be losing that hour – in fact, they'll be gaining two hours through our 'Give Back the Hour' promotion when they take advantage of the late check-out," said Jim Cone, vice president – marketing for Hilton Garden Inn. "The gift of time is priceless and there are many ways guests can spend those extra two extra hours at our hotels."
The "Give Back the Hour" promotion complements the Hilton Garden Inn brand's marketing campaign "Tomorrow's a Big Day" which was developed to communicate the brand's commitment to its hotel guests to understand the importance of every day. Extending a late check-out on Sunday, March 9 when time 'springs forward' is one more way Hilton Garden Inn helps guests prepare for tomorrow whether they are staying at our hotels for business or fun.
Other upcoming "Big Days" that Hilton Garden Inn will celebrate this year include:
Hilton Garden Inn offers more than 350 locations throughout North America and Europe with amenities that help guests sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road. Guests will find everything they need to stay productive or enjoy some rest and relaxation at Hilton Garden Inn including the Garden Sleep System that allows guests to adjust the firmness or softness of the bed; ergonomic Mirra® chair by Herman Miller; a full service restaurant serving freshly cooked-to-order breakfast and evening room service; the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® convenience market; complimentary wired and WiFi high-speed Internet access and remote printing to the hotel's 24-hour business center; a workout facility offering state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment as well as a swimming pool and whirlpool in most locations.
For more information about getaway ideas at Hilton Garden Inn, please visit www.HGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI.
Daylight saving time was instituted in the U.S. during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II, the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of daylight saving time.
Today, energy savings continues to be the driving force behind the time change. Daylight saving time works by "making" the sun "set" one hour later, thus reducing the period between sunset and sun down by one hour. As such, from mid-March through October, less electricity is used for lighting. (Source: About.com)
Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today's busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road — from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and PrintSpots(tm) mobile printing to the hotel's complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds you will ever experience with the Garden Sleep SystemTM. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home.
To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn locations across North America and Europe or to find your next getaway, visit www.HGI.com.