Hilton Tapestry hotel launches youth community programme

Hotel Skyler, Syracuse

Hotel Skyler, Syracuse

Hotel Skyler in Syracuse New York has launched a partnership with Youth Service America as it becomes part of the Hilton Tapestry brand.

The property, which Green Hotelier visited in 2014 is an eclectic, 58-room University Hill hotel and was the city's first to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and only the third in the US to do so. The eco-friendly hotel was built in 1922 to house the Temple Adath Yeshurun congregation, and later home to Salt City Center for the Performing Arts.

Mark Nogal, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton said, “With its storied history, contemporary style and eco-friendly focus, Hotel Skyler Syracuse perfectly embodies the independent spirit of our newest brand. Our first hotel illustrates how the collection encourages hotels to preserve what makes them original.”

The hotel is also celebrating the launch of Tapestry’s partnership with Youth Service America. The organisations have aligned to support young people through the #LeadASAP Tapestry Collection Spark the Arts Campaign, which will activate youth to use their "spark" for the arts to improve their communities.

“Underscoring Hilton's global initiative to empower young people, we're excited to partner with Youth Service America to aid in making a true impact within the communities we serve, starting right here in Syracuse,” said Nogal. “Hilton has reached over 550,000 young people through our Open Doors commitment and Tapestry Collection by Hilton is proud to contribute to the goal of impacting 1 million youth by Hilton's centennial in 2019.”

#LeadASAP Tapestry Collection Spark the Arts grants will be awarded in or around Tapestry Collection hotel locations, and all project ideas should fall into the categories of either Awareness, Service, Advocacy or Philanthropy (ASAP). Beginning June 12, 2017, youth ages 12-25 who are interested in supporting the Syracuse-area can visit YSA.org/TapestryCollection for more information and to submit their application.

Steven A. Culbertson, president & CEO of YSA said, “#LeadASAP projects implemented through Tapestry Collection Spark the Arts grants will harness the creativity and commitment of young people to meet the needs of others. When youth find their voice and take action to improve their communities through creative expressions, they can make a lasting, positive change in the world.”

In addition to the YSA partnership, as one of only five LEED Platinum certified hotels in the U.S., and 11 in the world, Hotel Skyler is committed to sustainability, boasting a number of features to help invest in a better tomorrow. For example, room keys activate lights as well as heating/cooling, which power down when guests exit the room. Low-flow fixtures in guest bathrooms aid in water efficiency, and organic fabrics, low-emission carpeting and non-toxic housekeeping products are also utilised in guestrooms. Preserving the environment is a cornerstone of Travel with Purpose, Hilton's corporate responsibility strategy to create shared value for Hilton Team Members, guests, business partners and communities.

Hilton already partners with the Youth Career Initiative, a programme of the International Tourism Partnership which helps disadvantaged young people around the world access employability training in hotels to improve their long term socio economic prospects.

Robert Benetti, area general manager, Hotel Skyler Syracuse and Woodbine Hospitality said, “Hotel Skyler Syracuse has proudly earned a reputation for providing inspiring and invigorating guest experiences, thanks to cutting-edge technology, eco-friendly features and attentive service. As the inaugural hotel in the Tapestry Collection, we are that and more - backed by the strength and reliability of Hilton and advantages of the Hilton Honors programme.”

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