PHOENIX, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Business Travel Association (AZBTA) and Egencia®, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ : EXPE ), today announced their respective organizations have partnered with the non-profit Clean the World to collect toiletries and build hygiene kits for those in need in the Greater Phoenix area the first week in February.
Every day Clean the World collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry. Through the distribution of these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, the organization helps prevent hygiene-related illnesses and related deaths.
From Monday, Feb. 3 through Wednesday, Feb. 5, AZBTA, Egencia and the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort will be collecting soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and other toiletries for Clean the World to distribute.
"Giving back to the communities we serve is at the core of our values," says Mark Hollyhead, Egencia's senior vice president of the Americas. "We're delighted the AZBTA and businesses in Phoenix share this value and are partnering with us to support an important cause and deserving organization, Clean the World."
Additionally on Monday, Feb. 3 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. approximately 150 employees from Egencia along with members from the AZBTA will build toiletry kits at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort which coincides with Egencia's annual sales meeting taking place in Phoenix. Within the United States Clean the World has distributed more than 200,000 ONE Project hygiene kits, like the ones the AZBTA and Egencia are building.
Parley Stock, president of the AZBTA, adds, "Our organization and travel industry members have a keen interest in helping those in our local community. We applaud travel management companies like Egencia for allocating time for their employees to engage in social responsibility while on business in Phoenix."
To lend support to Clean the World, please visit http://cleantheworld.org/donate-money.asp.
The Arizona Business Travel Association (AZBTA) is the official affiliate of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) that is dedicated to promoting a successful business travel community in Arizona. We are committed to broadening the knowledge of travel management professionals through providing programs to educate and motivate. Monthly meetings feature prominent industry leaders speaking on business travel-related topics, plus an opportunity for members to share ideas and get to know their peers. Each event provides members with an avenue for personal growth and professional development to help create successful, efficient travel programs. To learn more, please visit http://azbta.org/index.php.
About Clean the World
Clean the World Foundation, Inc. was founded in February 2009 by two individuals, Shawn Seipler and Paul Till. Clean the World is a Florida not-for-profit corporation under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Since its inception, Clean the World has been steadily increasing its services and operations to accommodate rapidly expanding community needs, awareness and donations, and has accepted in-kind donations of more than $2,000,000. In the process, Clean the World has put over 15.5 million soap bars and 325,000 pounds of bottled amenities back into human use, simultaneously eliminating more than 1900 tons of waste. For more information, please visit http://www.cleantheworld.org/.
About Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. brand
Egencia is a leading full-service travel management company delivering innovative corporate travel solutions and expert local service to more than 10,000 clients in more than 60 countries around the world. As part of Expedia, Inc., the world's largest travel company, Egencia provides forward-looking companies with the ability to drive compliance and cost savings in their travel programs, while meeting the needs and requirements of the modern business traveler. For more information, please visit www.egencia.com or follow us on Twitter @Egencia.
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