PARIS — Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is delighted to announce its first global partnership with Make-A-Wish®
, after nearly two decades of close collaboration in several locations in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Together, Fairmont and Make-A-Wish are launching a new global program, Wishes Start Here, to provide unique experiences that transform children’s lives and help create lasting memories. Whether it’s turning a child into a princess, a cowboy or a chef; offer a dream holiday destination; or just give the whole family a special place to stay at the end of the day’s adventures – Wishes Start Here is dedicated to turning a child’s fondest dream into a reality, leaving them with incredible memories that will last a lifetime. Over the next three years, Fairmont is committed to making more than 500 children’s dreams come true, while donating €1 million in charitable support.
“Fairmont and Make-A-Wish have had a wonderful relationship, welcoming many families and their inspiring children for almost twenty years,” said Mansi Vagt, Global Brand Leader and Vice President of Fairmont Brand, Accor. “Our hotels are known for being woven into the fabric of their communities and the work this incredible organization does is close to our hearts. We were honored to do more than just provide an exciting place to stay, and worked with the fantastic teams of Make-A-Wish across many of our locations to create unique experiences that turn dreams into reality for so many children. The magic of a wish can change a life and we are absolutely thrilled to extend this important partnership to our Fairmont hotels around the world.”
Wishes Start Here will officially kick off with a family celebration and the launch of The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse on July 31st2022 to Fairmont Grand Del Mar, in San Diego. Over the past few years, one of Make-A-Wish kids’ most favorite wishes has been a playhouse, and Fairmont, with its hospitality expertise, has brought the concept to life at the grandest level. . Earlier this year, Make-A-Wish kids were invited to an ideation session at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, with a mission to design The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse. The result will be unveiled and opened for real-life fun and enjoyment at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Guests will be invited to explore the custom-built Playhouse, designed entirely by kids, for kids. The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse includes all the dreamy elements that the kids of Make-A-Wish wanted, such as loads of construction toys, a spiral slide, space for endless dancing and a beautiful living room filled with soft toys .
The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse will remain on site at Fairmont Grand Del Mar all summer, with tickets available to the public in August and September. All ticket proceeds will be donated directly to Make-A-Wish. The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse will move to other Fairmont properties in major regions around the world, allowing families around the world to experience the magic.
“We are thrilled to have strengthened our partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and are thrilled with their renewed commitment to impacting our global mission – creating life-changing wishes for children with serious illnesses around the world. around the world,” said Luciano Manzo, CEO of Make-A-Wish International. “For dream kids and their families, an incredible trip can be a transformative experience and Fairmont’s global community is uniquely prepared to help make more wishes come true.”
With the goal of granting more than 500 wishes and donating €1 million during this three-year global partnership, Fairmont will host several fundraising events at hotels around the world to provide guests with the opportunity to join them in their commitment to Make-A-Wish. . In addition to The Ultimate Kids’ Playhouse, other exciting initiatives will include Make-A-Wish kids’ pool parties, “Make a Friend” play dates with Fairmont guests, locals and kids. Make-A-Wish, and a dedicated “Wish Dish” selection on menus that will include a donation to the foundation. Fairmont colleagues around the world will also have the chance to contribute more ideas and provide direct support through ongoing events and fundraising activities.
“Accor team members are passionate about supporting children’s causes and Fairmont has been continually motivated by the tireless work of Make-A-Wish and the proven evidence that incorporating wishes as part of the medical plan of a child gives hope and anticipation for the future,” said Ralitza Iordanova, VP Global Brand Partnerships, Accor. “With so many travel-related wishes, we believe Fairmont can play a huge role in making wishes come true. Given the history between our two brands in many of our destinations, strengthening our relationship with Make-A-Wish by Expanding it globally seems like a natural evolution and a perfect opportunity to have a meaningful impact on our communities around the world.”
Fairmont and Make-A-Wish began working together nearly 20 years ago. Fairmont originally launched a program called Room at the Inn in 1993, offering free nights at its hotels across Canada to families visiting loved ones in hospital. It inspired a connection with Make-A-Wish and Fairmont Heart Rooms was introduced in 2003. Chambers of the Heart combined an annual gift and a series of wish-grantings supported by a network of fellow volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where intimacy also coexists with infinity – an unrivaled portfolio of more than 80 extraordinary hotels where life’s great moments, heartfelt pleasures and personal milestones are celebrated and remembered long after each visit. Since 1907, Fairmont has created beautiful, meaningful and unforgettable hotels, rich in character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of its destinations – places such as The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London , Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Famous for its engaging service, impressive public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and iconic bars and lounges, Fairmont also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and its leadership in sustainability practices and responsible tourism. Fairmont is part of Accor, a leading global hotel group with more than 5,300 properties in more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.
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Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with serious illnesses. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading organization for granting children’s wishes, having granted more than 520,000 wishes in nearly 50 countries around the world. With generous donors, supporters, employees and more than 32,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish brings hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to empower every child with a life-threatening illness to wish, because wishing experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.