Travelers can now help provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad when they book Kind Hotels on Kind Traveler.
Kind Traveler is the world’s first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that empowers travelers to benefit communities, the environment, and animals. Travelers give a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the visiting destination, or to a favorite charity on the platform. As reward for donation, travelers get an exclusive hotel rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties.
100 percent of donations raised through Kind Traveler are given to charities like Children Incorporated, who believe that all children deserve access to basic needs and an education so that they may be healthy and have the opportunity to become contributing members of their communities.
When travelers book hotels with Kind Traveler a $10 nightly donation to Children Incorporated will feed one child for a week and unlocks exclusive hotel offers.
Of the 2.2 billion children living in the world, 1 billion are living in poverty. Furthermore, according to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. When it comes to the U.S., 15 million children, or 21 percent, live in families with incomes below the federal poverty thresholds.
Poverty not only includes a lack of income, but also a lack of resources to ensure sustainable livelihood, such as food, clean water, clothing, and proper shelter. Poverty has many detrimental outcomes for children—hunger and malnutrition, ill health, and lack of access to education and other basic services.
“We provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” says Ron Carter, President and CEO of Children Incorporated. “Each year, we give thousands of impoverished children all over the world a chance at a better life.”
Considering the financial power of the $7 trillion travel industry, Children Incorporated and Kind Traveler has tremendous potential for positive global impact. Last year alone, people around the world took more than 1.2 billion trips. Meanwhile, nearly 75 percent of travelers polled in Tourism Cares and Phocuswright’s Good Travels research study believe it’s important that their travel dollars benefit the communities they visit. The study also found that price is still the leading reason for booking with a particular travel company. By offering an exclusive rate on the hotel stay, Kind Traveler has created a solution that addresses both the consumer’s price motivation, as well as their desire to make a difference.
Another major distinction between Kind Traveler and other travel booking sites is their desire to educate. According to Phocuswright, “Three of 10 giving travelers were prompted to volunteer or donate because of something they read, heard, saw or experienced.” Kind Traveler’s blog provides stories that inspire travel while underscoring the importance of giving back, living consciously, and choosing with purpose. By sharing the stories of Children Incorporated’s impact on the planet’s most vulnerable families, Kind Traveler is building awareness of the one in 9 people worldwide who will go to bed hungry tonight.
“Our win-win platform offers solutions for everyone,” said CEO & Co-Founder Jessica Blotter. “For travelers, they become warriors for good and support hotels that are making a positive impact in the world – while receiving exclusive hotel rates. For hotels, they cultivate new relationships with cause-minded consumers and take another step towards corporate social responsibility. For charities, they receive 100 percent of donations and a new, sustainable channel for fundraising.”
Travelers can now support Children Incorporated when they book Kind Hotels in:
Aspen: Hotel Aspen, Molly Gibson Lodge
Austin: Lone Star Court, Hotel Ella, South Congress Hotel
Baltimore: Hotel Revival
Canada: Hotel Loden (Vancouver)
Chicago: Hotel Felix, The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile, Virgin Hotels Chicago
Costa Rica: Cala Luna, Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, Casa Chameleon Mal Pais, Casa Chameleon OCiO Villas
Hawaii: Turtle Bay Resort
Houston: Hotel Sorella CityCentre, Hotel Ylem
Idaho: Hotel Ketchum
Los Angeles: Dream Hollywood, The Hollywood Roosevelt, The Mondrian LA, Hotel Angeleno, Hotel Erwin, Terranea Resort
Mexico & The Caribbean: COMO Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos), Hotel El Ganzo (San José del Cabo), Ka’ana Resort (Belize), Itz’ana Resort + Residences (Belize), NIZUC (Cancún), The Jamaica Inn (Jamaica)
Miami: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, Dream South Beach, The Betsy – South Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa, 1 Hotel South Beach
Minnesota: Hewing Hotel (Minneapolis)
New York City: Arlo Hotel NoMad, Arlo Hotel SoHo, Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, The Benjamin, The Standard East Village, The Standard High Line
Orange County: Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Balboa Bay Resort
Palm Springs: Two Bunch Palms
Richmond: Quirk Hotel
San Antonio: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
San Francisco: Hotel G, Hotel Spero, The Mosser Hotel, Kensington Park Hotel
San Jose: Hotel Valencia Santana Row
Tampa: Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
Telluride: Lumière Telluride
Virginia: Lansdowne Resort & Spa (Leesburg)
Washington, DC: The Embassy Row Hotel, Liaison Capitol Hill
Wisconsin: The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse), The Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee)
Learn more about how you can #TravelKindly with Children Incorporated and Kind Traveler here.
About Kind Traveler
Kind Traveler, a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), is the first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that empowers travelers to benefit the wellbeing of communities, the environment, and animals. Travelers give a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the visiting destination, or to a favorite charity of choice on the platform. As reward for their donation, travelers get an exclusive rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties. 100 percent of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform go directly to charities.
About Children Incorporated
Children Incorporated is an international non-profit organization based in North Chesterfield, VA, that helps provide support to children primarily through child sponsorship, by partnering with nearly 300 projects in the 23 countries around the world. Children Incorporated provides for the needs of impoverished children through two primary approaches: child sponsorships for $30 a month, and special funds (individual, one-time donations).
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