Atlanta, GA(BlackNews.com) -- The Omni Hotel at CNN Center has partnered with the Passport Party Project and Empower Her, Inc. to host Atlanta's first Passport Party on February 23, 2013. Sponsored by Expedia.com®, the Passport Party Project is a philanthropic initiative started by award-winning travel writer and travelpreneur Tracey Friley, founder of OneBrownGirl.com® and OBG Adventure Camps. The Passport Party Project hosts parties for ten girls each throughout the United States, giving teen girls, aged 11-15, the tools to obtain their first passports. The goal is to inspire these girls to use their passports to ultimately take their first-ever trip abroad.
The event, which will be held at the four-diamond Omni Hotel at CNN Center, is the seventh stop on Tracey's cross-country tour to make world travel a reality for young girls. The Passport Party Project joined forces with Atlanta's Empower Her, Inc., an empowerment agency that provides events, resources and programs for women and girls, to select girls from the non-profit agency to attend.
"For these girls, passports aren't a priority in their households. Travel is likely a luxury and not a lifestyle. Having a passport has the potential to change how a young girl views herself and her place in the world," said Tracey Friley. "It's as much about the possibilities as it is about hopping a plane. I'm honored to be a part of a global awareness initiative that has the potential to create explorers, and ecstatic that Expedia shares my view."
As official travel sponsor, Expedia® will host a contest for Passport Party participants after 100 girls have received their first passport. Six contest winners will earn a free trip to an international destination, accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian and Friley, where they will earn their first passport stamp.
"International travel is a formative experience, especially for young adults. Experiencing life beyond our local boundaries is the ideal way to gain perspective not only on other cultures, but on our own as well," said Joe Megibow, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com. "We are inspired by the passion of Tracey Friley and the challenge that the Passport Party Project has undertaken. Helping young women obtain their passports literally opens up a world of opportunity to them, many of whom may not have had the means or knowledge to consider traveling abroad."
For more information about Expedia's sponsorship of the Passport Party Project please visit the Expedia media room or www.passportpartyproject.org. Follow along on Twitter @Expedia or @OneBrownGirl, #PassportPartyProject.
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