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Guests of COMO Hotels and Resorts can ‘Purchase with Purpose’ with MasterCard

September, 2015

Meaningful travel has never been easier than with COMO Hotels and Resorts and MasterCard. Travellers staying at COMO Hotels and Resorts’ 13 luxury properties across Asia, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean can make a lasting difference to local communities simply by using a MasterCard card to settle their bills.

Between 1st October and 31st December 2015, every MasterCard transaction at COMO triggers a US$25 donation through MasterCard’s ‘Purchase with Purpose’ programme, benefitting local community organisations and schools in each destination. Guests pay nothing extra.

This is the sixth year of the global partnership between COMO Hotels and Resorts and MasterCard. To date, the initiative has raised over US$220,000 for over 3,700 beneficiaries, supporting programmes such as hospitality training for high school students and underserved women in Bangkok, financial support to students and entrepreneurs in Bali and Bhutan, and both life and vocational skills training for youth in London, The Maldives and The Turks and Caicos.

“The COMO-MasterCard partnership provides a platform for our guests to make a meaningful difference to underserved youth, women and girls in every location we operate in. This year, COMO Hotels and Resorts is delighted to bring this unique partnership to Australia with our newest hotel, COMO The Treasury in Perth.” said Hans Joerg Meier, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts.

Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia Pacific, MasterCard said, “This valuable partnership with COMO Hotels and Resorts reflects our shared belief in the importance of philanthropy, corporate responsibility, and in providing convenient ways for people to be able to donate to causes that matter to them. Through MasterCard’s Purchase with Purpose initiative travellers will be able to enjoy their break knowing they are having a positive impact on the lives of the less fortunate wherever they are visiting.”

Beneficiaries for this year’s COMO-MasterCard ‘Purchase with Purpose’ will include:

  • Teens Unite, London: Life and employment skills training for youth with life-limiting illnesses, supported by The Halkin by COMO and Metropolitan by COMO, London.
  • Goodwill Group Foundation, Bangkok: Life and employment skills training for underserved women, supported by Metropolitan by COMO.
  • Feeding South Florida, Miami: Access to food for food-insecure children, supported by Metropolitan by COMO.
  • Lifeline WA, Perth: Financial and independence skills training for women, supported by COMO The Treasury.
  • Maafushi and Guraidhoo Secondary School, The Maldives: Professional diving training and technical learning facilities, supported by Cocoa Island by COMO.
  • Guraidhoo Thaa Island School, The Maldives: Professional diving training and hospitality skills training, supported by Maalifushi by COMO.
  • Raymond Gardiner High School, The Turks and Caicos: Vocational Skills training, supported by Parrot Cay by COMO.
  • Panyanukul School, Phuket: Employment skills training for youth with special needs, supported by Point Yamu by COMO.
  • Loden Foundation, Bhutan: Micro-loans for women entrepreneurs, supported by Uma by COMO.
  • Peduli Sesama Philanthropic Work, Bali: Hospitality skills training for at-risk youth, supported by Uma by COMO.
  • East Bali Poverty Project, Bali: Vocational skills workshop for youth, supported by COMO Shambhala Estate.
  • Beautiful People, Singapore: Mentoring and career guidance for at-risk girls, supported by COMO Shambhala Urban Escape.

More information can be found at http://www.comohotels.com/purchasewithpurpose

About COMO Hotels and Resorts

Headquartered in Singapore, The COMO Group represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. This encompasses the hospitality collection known as COMO Hotels and Resorts, the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.

Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages hand-picked, individually curated properties, including The Halkin by COMO, London, three Metropolitan by COMO properties in London, Bangkok and Miami, and a new city hotel in Perth, Australia, called COMO The Treasury. Island resorts include Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO and Maalifushi by COMO in the Maldives, Point Yamu by COMO in Phuket, Thailand, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan.

COMO Hotels and Resorts also manages, in partnership with its sister brand in wellness, the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. COMO Shambhala promotes health, relaxation and learning through its products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities within each COMO property. Accurate and intuitive service, sympathetic and elegant design befitting each location, and outstanding cuisine are hallmarks of the COMO experience. Restaurants within COMO’s properties include the award-winning Thai restaurant ‘nahm’ in Bangkok, and in London the internationally-renowned ‘Nobu’ restaurant at the Metropolitan, and the Michelin-starred ‘Ametsa by Arzak Instruction’ at The Halkin.

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MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™

A key component of MasterCard’s social responsibility and citizenship efforts across Asia Pacific is MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™. Based on the concept of transactional philanthropy, it is at the heart of a drive by MasterCard to encourage responsible spending while making a difference in someone else’s life. MasterCard Purchase with Purpose initiatives involve cardholders in the company’s efforts to give back to the community whenever they use their MasterCard cards. More information on MasterCard Purchase with Purpose in the region is available at http://www.mastercard.com/sea/consumer/purchase-with-a-purpose.html

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

MasterCard’s philanthropic efforts are focused on educating and advocating for responsible use of financial services through entrepreneurship, as well as helping individuals gain access to basic financial tools to ensure that their families and communities can eventually build a strong future for themselves. Through MasterCard’s core competencies, technology, people, and charitable giving, MasterCard makes a difference in people’s lives around the world.

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Media contacts

Louisa Daly, COMO Hotels and Resorts: +65 6304 3560, louisa.daly@comohotels.com

Georgette Tan, MasterCard Worldwide: +65 6390 5971, georgette_tan@mastercard.com

Georgina Mallory, Weber Shandwick: +65 6825 8026, gmallory@webershandwick.com

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