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XIAMEN, China, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilton and Xiamen University (XMU) partnered together for a charity tree-planting activity at the university's Xiang'an Campus today, under the theme of "Planting Green Dreams - Hilton Amazing 300 Tribute to XMU Centenary." The event saw the planting of 300 agarwood saplings donated by Hilton to XMU's International College, celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Xiamen University in 2021, as well as the opening of Hilton's 300th Hilton hotel in China at the end of this year.
Over 20 Hilton Team Members and more than 60 teachers and students from Xiamen University helped to plant the trees at the event, adding further green charm to what is widely recognized as "The Most Beautiful University in China." Participants included Mr. Qian Jin, Area President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton; Mr. He Yuanzan, Chair of the College Council of XMU International College; Prof. Tao Tao, Dean of XMU International College; and Mr. Xu Guang of the China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF), which supported the donation of the saplings.
Hilton's donation and planting of saplings at Xiamen University serve as an example of the company's corporate social responsibility vision of "Travel with Purpose" – a program in which Hilton has been committed to investing in, developing, and protecting the environment of the cities and communities in which it operates. Beyond environmental work, Hilton also seeks to support future talent development in partnership with like-minded institutions.
Mr. Qian Jin, Area President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton, offered Hilton's warm congratulations to Xiamen University for its centenary celebrations, and pledged Hilton's support for further cooperation in the future, saying: "At Hilton, we strongly believe in working together with multiple sectors of society to help foster and educate the next generation of talents, as we strive to serve the communities in which we operate. We look forward to working together with Xiamen University in the future, engaging students with more channels for communication as well as internship opportunities."
Speaking on behalf of the university, Prof. Tao Tao, Dean of the International College of Xiamen commented: "As an old Chinese saying goes: 'It takes ten years to grow a tree, but one hundred years to grow a generation of good men.' With this in mind, we find it fitting to plant trees as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our university. Building on Hilton's strong support for talent development at our institution, today's event will serve to deepen our cooperation as we have planted saplings, friendship, and hope."
300th Hilton Hotel to Open in Xiamen at Year-End
Hilton entered the China market in 1988, and by 2017 was operating 100 hotels in the country. Hilton has experienced rapid growth in the years since, as this figure doubled to 200 properties in the subsequent two years, and will have grown again to 300 operating hotels by the end of this year. Waldorf Astoria Xiamen - the 300th Hilton hotel in China and the sixth Hilton hotel in Xiamen - will open its doors in the island city at the end of 2020, as Hilton steadily advances towards its goal of 1,000 operating hotels in China by 2025.
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