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Hyatt Hotels Commit to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:53am

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced the launch of RiseHY, a new global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working – by 2025.   

According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 percent of the world’s young people are either unemployed or living in poverty. As reported by Measure of America, there are 4.9 million Opportunity Youth who are disconnected from the economy in the U.S. alone. 

“We understand the challenges young people face, and Hyatt hotels are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution. Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can change the trajectory of someone’s life,” said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt. “With the launch of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will harness the power of technology in ways our industry has never done before to scale career opportunities, bringing awareness to hospitality careers, setting candidates up for success from the start, and expanding training programs as a path for employment.” 

Virtual Reality: Bringing Awareness to Hospitality Careers
Using virtual technology, youth across global communities will be able to experience what employment inside a hotel looks like, from home or a community center. With this immersive experience, candidates will be able to spend a “day in the life” of hospitality professionals and learn about key roles Hyatt hotels offer, including bell attendant, entry-level culinary, housekeeper, steward and waiter/waitress. Preview the experience at youvisit.com/tour/hyatt

Digital Skill-Matching: Setting Youth Up for Success from the Start
Funded in part by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, digital technology that taps into artificial intelligence will also be made available to community-based organizations in order to identify candidates’ inherent soft skills and match those to entry-level roles in the hospitality industry – and not just at Hyatt hotels. Candidates that match to hospitality roles will then have the option to be referred to human resources teams at a variety of hotels through community-based organizations, ensuring they are set on a path that aligns with their skillset.

Training Programs with Community-Based Organizations: Pathways for Employment
As part of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will build upon their long-standing engagements with local community-based organizations and further expand our global network to scale training programs and accelerate Opportunity Youth hiring. Working with organizations like Grads of Life and Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Hyatt hotels will provide on-the-job training and employment opportunities across the globe.   

“Grads of Life is thrilled to be part of Hyatt’s ambitious effort to expand career opportunities for Opportunity Youth across the globe,” said Elyse Rosenblum, principal, Grads of Life. “We were honored to assist Hyatt in developing RiseHY and believe that this program will give many young adults a chance to explore a career in hospitality – an industry that offers significant opportunity for professional growth and advancement.” 

RiseHY builds on a long-standing commitment across Hyatt hotels worldwide, many of which already have existing relationships with community-based organizations providing vocational training and career readiness programs.  

“Hyatt’s support of Youth Career Initiative since 2008 has helped over 300 disadvantaged young people train and secure meaningful employment at Hyatt hotels around the world,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, chair, International Tourism Partnership. “We are incredibly excited that Hyatt has chosen our YCI program as a strategic partner for RiseHY. Together, we aim to provide vocational skills, training and employment opportunities to thousands of the most disadvantaged young people, empowering them to improve their lives and build successful careers in the hospitality industry.” 

“It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family, and our hotels have been working with local organizations for decades to bring employment opportunities to underserved members of our communities,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “RiseHY is a focused commitment that not only brings our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – to life in our communities, but it is also a business imperative to ensure we have a diverse pipeline of great talent for the future.” 

Watch the video announcement from Chief Human Resources Officer Malaika Myers and learn more at hyatt.com/risehy

The term “Hyatt” is used for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, one or more of its affiliates, and/or one or more Hyatt hotels. Some of these positions will be at hotels managed by Hyatt while other positions may be at hotels franchised by Hyatt and/or where a third party is the employer. It does not refer to the Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Please note that all hiring by Hyatt hotels is subject to applicable law, which may include without limitation non-discrimination and minimum age requirements. 

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of June 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

Costa Cruises and AISM: Tours Now Also Accessible to Guests with Disabilities for the First Time

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 3:46pm

 Costa CruisesAISM (Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association) and the Costa Crociere Foundation present the results of a joint project aimed at making vacations increasingly accessible to people with impaired mobility. For the first time in the world in the cruise sector, guests with disabilities will be able to participate in group shore excursions, at no extra cost, with accessibility verified by AISM, in accordance with the most advanced international good practices.

The new tours, called "Adagio Tours"will be available for booking from January 1, 2019 for Mediterranean cruises on the flagship Costa Diadema. At every port of call, at least one group excursion will be offered that is accessible to everyone, including guests with impaired mobility, and this is available at no extra cost.  The list of tours currently includes visits to the cities of Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona, Palermo, Rome, Palma de Mallorca and Cagliari. "Adagio Tours" have been developed considering the needs of all our guests who want to enjoy their chosen destinations at a slower pace, with more time to discover or rediscover them. They are therefore particularly suited to parents with strollers, elderly guests or people with permanent or temporary mobility impairments.

The programmes for these excursions have been devised, tested and checked with the contribution of 15 women with multiple sclerosis, trained and selected by AISM thanks to the "WAT! Women Accessibility Tourism” program funded by the Costa Crociere Foundation. These women - some with no permanent job, others who are students, recent graduates or part-time workers, all passionate about travel and tourism - attended a specific 160-hour training course on land and on board Costa ships, benefiting from the experience of AISM and a team of excursion experts from Costa Cruises. Following this training, starting with a few excursions already included in the Costa offer, they contributed to planning the tours, testing them first hand and taking into consideration every detail relating to accessibility, route mapping, tourism experiences, making the most of local attractions. The skills gained will also help the 15 women find employment in the field of sustainable tourism. 

"AISM has been about people, rights and research for 50 years. Our aim of achieving a world free of multiple sclerosis also means ensuring full inclusion and the opportunity for everyone to live their life beyond multiple sclerosis. This is why the priorities in our Agenda for 2020 include access to stable employment and the right to inclusion, which also means accessible tourism. AISM is working to achieve change with a real impact on people's lives. The social value of our actions, as an Association, lies in achieving changes that benefit everyone with a mobility impairment and everyone in the community with similar problems. Change has to be contagious and applied to civil society as a whole",explains Mario Alberto Battaglia, President of AISM.

With the cooperation of AISM and the contribution of our Foundation, we have tackled the subject of accessible tourism in a responsible way, with the aim of making significant changes to people's lives. This project, which is a real innovation in the world of cruises, is an important step forward towards including people with disabilities and ensuring that there are no more differences and that everyone can share the same experiences when on vacation. I hope our initiative can be extended to the whole sector in future. We certainly undertake to extend it to the other ships in our fleet.” - says Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

The Adagio Tours supplement the other services Costa already offers guests with disabilities on board its fleet. All company ships include appropriately fitted cabins with all the comforts required and free of any architectural barriers. Guests who need special assistance can also benefit from free travel for an accompanying person staying in the cabin with them. Priority boarding and landing services and reserved seats at the theatre, on the pool decks and in the buffet restaurants are also guaranteed.

AISM is the only organization in Italy dedicated to all aspects of multiple sclerosis. It takes an overall approach to its work that encompasses the rights of people  with MS, social services and healthcareand the promotion, guidance and funding of scientific research. It has been operating since 1968. It is a not-for-profit social promotion association with local branches and volunteering activities across Italy.For the last 50 years, it has been the most authoritative and closest point of reference for all MS sufferers, their families, health care staff and social workers, operating across the country thanks to a network structure with 98 provincial sections, regional coordination offices, more than 60 operating groups and over 13,000 volunteers. Since 1998, AISM has been working with FISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, which promotes and supports innovative basic and applied research aimed at improving quality of life and treatments and, in the long term, identifying a definite cure for multiple sclerosis. FISM is the third biggest private funding organization for research into MS in the world, second only to the US and Canadian associations, and on an equal footing with the British one.

Costa Cruises is an Italian company that is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise group in the world. For 70 years the ships of the Costa fleet have been travelling the world's seas offering hospitality and authentic Italian style holidays, distinguished by exquisite food, fine wines, unique shopping experiences, and a comprehensive selection of famous Italian brands. Currently the Costa fleet has 14 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Two new latest generation vessels are expected in 2019 and 2021. They will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world's "cleanest fossil fuel", and a real environmental innovation. Costa represents Italian excellence, and every day surpasses the expectations of its guests with a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. It does this thanks to the approximately 19,000 employees around the world who work to provide the best of Italy on board, with 140 different routes, 250 destinations and 60 ports of embarkation.       

Costa Crociere Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 2014 to defeat the most urgent social and environmental problems that impact on the communities of the countries where Costa Cruises operates. The Foundation operates through social projects for women, young people and the weakest members of society, and through an environmental program for the protection of the sea. Over 17,000 people have benefited from the 24 projects currently being run.  


For further information:

Costa Cruises

Press Office - Tel. +39 010 5483523 / 010 5483068 - costapressoffice@costa.it

Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 3497668013 - baroni@costa.it

Davide Barbano - Media Relations Manager - +39 010.5483523 - 334.6525216 – barbano@costa.it

Press releases and photos available at http://www.costapresscenter.com



Press Office -Barbara Erba – +39 347.758.18.58 barbaraerba@gmail.com –

Enrica Marcenaro – +39 010 2713414 enrica.marcenaro@aism.it

Communication Manager and Press Office

Paola Lustro – tel. +39 010 2713834  paola.lustro@aism.it

Press releases and photos available at http://www.aism.it

The R&D-based Biopharmaceutical Industry Welcomes the UN Declaration on NCDs and Calls for Innovative Financing Models and Multi-sectoral Collaboration

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 9:46am

As an official UN interlocutor that shares knowledge and expertise to improve global health, IFPMA welcomes the strong re-affirmation of the commitment of governments to take steps to reduce premature mortality from chronic diseases by 2030 and strongly supports the declaration’s emphasis on orienting health systems towards the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC).

Although progress has been achieved by some countries in the implementation of the commitments made in 2011 and 2014, the signatories of the political declaration recognize that the level of progress and investment to date is insufficient to meet target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IFPMA, the body representing the research-based biopharmaceutical industry, said in a statement addressed to the General Assembly that it agrees with the findings that the current level of investment is insufficient to meet the laudable but ambitious SDGs of reducing by a third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2030 despite progress made.

The signatories also call for establishing and strengthening multi-stakeholder dialogue and multi-sectoral collaboration. IFPMA welcomes this call and declares in its statement “Given the scale of the global health challenge that NCDs pose, there is an urgent need to work together more decisively. Our industry stands ready to play its part”.

Since the 1st High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011, the research-based biopharmaceutical industry has made it a priority to be fully involved in the fight against chronic diseases. Thomas Cueni, Director General of IFPMA, explained that the industry is willing to collaborate with all key stakeholders to contribute to achieving target 3.4 of the SDGs: “Back in 2011, we clearly stated our intent to be part of the solution and launched the Framework for Action for the Prevention and Control of NCDs. We have followed this up with concrete action”.

One new bold initiative, among many, is the multi-company, multi-stakeholder and multi-country NCD collaboration called Access Accelerated. This uniquely involves 24 research-based biopharmaceutical companies partnering to drive cross-sectoral dialogue and implementation of NCD action plans such as the strengthening of health systems with the World Bank and a strategic partnership with UICC in the CCan2025 initiative.

IFPMA continues to advocate for sustainable financing as a critical element of attaining UHC. Cueni adds: “We believe that strategies for financing healthcare systems to address the challenges of NCDs remain an essential area where extra efforts by Member States and the international community are still required”.

As NCDs are sweeping the entire globe, addressing health system failures is becoming ever more apparent, and it will be essential to tap into the private sector experience. The research-based biopharmaceutical industry fosters innovation across the continuum of medical education, prevention, treatment and care, and brings extensive knowledge, expertise, and resources to develop innovative solutions. “We can accelerate progress by pooling resources, and working with partners to support health systems with the management of life-long conditions. Our industry is committed for the long-haul to help ensure our life-changing therapies reach the remaining millions of people suffering from NCDs” adds Cueni. 


IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The industry’s 2 million employees discover, develop, and deliver medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide.


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