Four Seasons Helps Travelers “Pay it Forward” With Volunteer Packages

By SMW Staff

Four Seasons Austin, Texas

Four Seasons Austin

Luxury is a lovely accessory but for many, the notion of luxury is non-existent. That’s why the Four Seasons Austin is hosting a “Pay it Forward” program, which allows guests luxury accommodations in return for community service.

The new “Pay It Forward” voluntourism package starts May 1, 2010, and offers guests nearly 50% off room rates if they donate half a day to a local Austin charity. The rates start at $225 per night, a savings of 46 percent – for guests who volunteer with one of two partner non-profit organizations during their stay.

“Austin is an incredible vacation destination, but we thought, ‘what if travelers could make it an even better place in the process of enjoying all the city already has to offer?'” said Tom Segesta, general manager of the 291-room Hotel. “In the end, everyone benefits.”

The non-profit organizations participating in the Hotel’s package include the following:

  • Caritas of Austin: Established in 1964, this nonprofit organization provides housing, food, education and employment services to those in need. From its primarily volunteer-operated Community Kitchen, Caritas serves 400 lunch meals a day, six days a week. Four Seasons managers and employees have volunteered in the community kitchen for several years, helping prepare and serve more than 4,000 meals annually. Guests would be able to select this opportunity Monday through Friday, with an approximate time commitment of 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Participants must be at least 13 years old.
  • Keep Austin Beautiful: Established in 1985, Keep Austin Beautiful’s mission is to clean, beautify and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and hands-on education. Guests selecting this option would primarily focus on downtown litter removal and beautification projects near Lady Bird Lake. This volunteer opportunity is available seven days a week from approximately 9:00 am to noon, although times may vary depending on project.

The “Pay It Forward” package is offered through Sept. 6, 2010 and may be reserved by calling 512-685-8100 or online at www.fourseasons.com/austin. Rates are subject to availability and at least 48 hours advance reservations are requested in order to coordinate the volunteer opportunity.

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