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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Supports Earth Hour Around The Globe – Saturday, March 23 8:30pm

The Ritz-Carlton and Earth HourOn Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30pm local time, The Ritz-Carlton hotels, resorts, clubs and residences around the world will proudly support Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting in key areas of the property. Founded by the World Wildlife Fund® (WWF), Earth Hour is the single largest, symbolic mass-participation event in the world, inspiring a global community of millions of people across 152 countries to switch off lights. Taking place annually, Earth Hour brings attention to sustainability issues on our planet and how each of us as individuals or organizations can make a difference. This year, The Ritz-Carlton properties will create unique experiences for their guests during Earth Hour, inviting them to join efforts to celebrate and protect the environment.

• At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Eco-Adventure Center naturalists will guide guests in discovering the constellations that can be seen in the night sky.
• The Ritz-Carlton, Doha guests will be invited to participate in “candlelight yoga” to  celebrate Earth Hour.
• Guests at Hotel Arts, Barcelona will receive LED candles to take to their rooms and be invited to come down to Frank’s Bar, where they will be offered a complimentary glass of cava to enjoy Earth Hour in a dimmed-light setting.
• At The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul, hotel staff will celebrate Earth Hour by wearing the traditional “Hanbok” costume, and holding a Korean lantern to light the way for guests.
• While at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh the team have been busy preparing 6,000 paper bags with sand, to hold thousands of candles that will be displayed throughout the grand palace hotel in place of electric lighting.

We invite you to follow @RitzCarltonCSR on Twitter to experience the activities as they take place around the world.

“The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment,” comments Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe.”

Participating in Earth Hour aligns with Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social and environmental responsibility program, and its guiding principles to engage, contribute and inspire.  Environmental responsibility is a key pillar of the program, and the global strategy includes water and energy conservation and waste management initiatives, sourcing environmentally preferred products, and increasing organic and locally sourced dining and spa options.  For more information the global impact of Community Footprints, please visit

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

About Community Footprints
Engage. Contribute. Inspire. These are the guiding principles of The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints. The Ritz-Carlton philosophy is that the global company should be aligned with the issues that are important to the communities where they operate, and strive to make a difference in three areas: Child Well-Being; Hunger and Poverty Relief; and Environmental Responsibility. Find out more at: and @RitzCarltonCSR on Twitter.

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Marriott Helps ‘Clean the World’

Marriott International partners with Clean the WorldLodging Leader Collects 1M Soap Bars and Amenity Bottles.
Global hospitality leader Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has become an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a non-profit that collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need.  With nearly 47,000 rooms (more than 200 hotels) already participating, Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected nearly 1 million soap bars and amenity bottles and diverting more than 120 tons of waste from landfills since 2009.

“We are guests on this planet, and conservation ensures our resources are sustained for generations to come,” said Denise Naguib, Marriott International’s Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity.  “Our new partnership will help support our global environmental strategy while helping provide a basic need to people in our local communities and around the world.”

Clean the World aligns with Green Hotels Global, a comprehensive online environmental sustainability dashboard implemented by Marriott and owned and operated by The Carbon Accounting Company. Through Green Hotels Global, Marriott calculates each hotel's water footprint and waste diversion rate and maintains a comprehensive list of each hotel's environmental practices.

Marriott International partners with Clean the World - EthiopiaCurrently, Marriott hotels across North America can participate in the program.  The company plans to expand its partnership globally by 2014.  “Marriott and Clean the World’s goals are similar, with our shared values of sustainability and social responsibility,” said Jeff Wolff, Vice President, Guest Experience and Rooms Operations – Americas, Marriott International.  “We can engage hotel associates and guests in recycling a valuable resource that can help save lives around the world.”

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Thanks to partnerships with community-minded companies such as Marriott International, we have distributed more than 12 million soap bars in more than 65 countries since 2009,” said Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “And the partnership does more than save lives. It also reduces the burden on landfills by diverting waste that otherwise would be disposed locally by each participating hotel.”

Marriott is committed to protecting the environment inside and beyond its hotels.  The company’s Spirit To Preserve® environmental strategy calls for:  greening our multi-billion supply chain; further reducing energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020; empowering hotel development partners to build green hotels; educating and inspiring employees and guests to conserve and preserve the environment; and addressing environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives.   For more information about our sustainability efforts visit

Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with the mission of saving millions of lives around the globe. Clean the World leads a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 1,700 hospitality partners to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 12 million bars of soap. Through the “ONE project” launched in late 2012, Clean the World provides hygiene kits domestically to the homeless and families in transition. For more information visit

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Climate Counts Predicts Sunny Forecast for Marriott

Climate Counts logoThe Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River in ArizonaFor the third consecutive year, Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) was ranked #1 in the hotel sector by Climate Counts for its sustainable business practices.  Climate Counts is a non-profit campaign that scores companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change.  Climate Counts uses a 0-to-100 point scale and 22 criteria to determine if companies have:  measured their climate "footprint," reduced their impact on global warming, supported progressive climate legislation and publicly disclosed their climate actions clearly and comprehensively.  While Marriott was given the highest ranking (70 out of 100) in the hospitality sector, the company remains committed to further reduce its environmental impact.

[Pictured: The Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River in Arizona is the first hotel to open as part of the company’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environment) Volume Program.] 

Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels.  For more information about our sustainability efforts visit

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TownePlace Suites LEED®-ing the Way in Frederick

TownePlace Suites in Frederick MD Ribbon CuttingThe TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Frederick, Maryland celebrated its official grand opening yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The hotel, owned by Westview Hospitality Associates, LLC and managed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners, is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) hotel in Frederick.  The hotel is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification for its contributions in making the environment a healthier place. It is the second TownePlace Suites to receive this level of certification and will be achieving LEED certification via Marriott’s LEED Volume program using the pre-certified prototype for the brand.

TownePlace Suites Frederick's eco-friendly features include a fleet of bicycles for guest use, front and back of house recycling programs, charging stations for electric cars, saline-water indoor swimming pool and green products and cleaning supplies.  
1. Michael Henningsen, Director of Hotel Operations, Plamondon Hospitality Partners
2. Gordon Paik, Investor, TownePlace Suites Frederick
3.  Blaine Young, Commissioner - Frederick County, MD
4. Myron Levy, Investor, TownePlace Suites Frederick
5. Gail Plamondon, wife of Pete Plamondon, Jr.
6. Meg Plamondon, daughter of Pete Plamondon, Jr.
7. Amy Plamondon, daughter of Pete Plamondon, Jr.
8.  Pete Plamondon, Jr., Co-President of the Plamondon Companies; Owner, TownePlace Suites Frederick
9.  Liam Brown, Chief Officer, Owner & Franchise Services - The Americas
10.  Jim Plamondon, Co-President of the Plamondon Companies; Owner, TownePlace Suites Frederick
11. Cary Plamondon, wife of Jim Plamondon
12.  Susan Lent-Cohen, Investor, TownePlace Suites Frederick
13. John Fieseler, Executive Director, Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.
14.  Lorraine Plamondon, wife of Pete Plamondon, Sr.
15.  Pete Plamondon, Sr., - Founder of the Plamondon Companies
16.  Paul Frey, Vice President, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

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Marriott International Recognises Its Freshwater Conservation Project Supporters and Invites Them to See Programme’s Latest Site and Progress

Nobility of Nature GalaMarriott International hosted an awards ceremony in Shanghai yesterday at the Marriott Shanghai Luwan to recognise representatives of three sponsor companies and 10 hotel ambassadors for their support of Nobility of Nature, the company’s ambitious freshwater conservation programme in China. The sponsors and hotel ambassadors have helped to advance Nobility of Nature’s efforts since its debut in 2010.

[Picture L to R: Craig S. Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Marriott International Asia; John Sciarrone, Vice President – Institutional Global Accounts, Asia Pacific, Ecolab; Caroline Sheng, Corporate Accounts Director – Institutional, Ecolab China; Wang Yuchuan, Manager – Special Channel Department, Nongfu Spring; Loren Chiang, General Manager, Cheng Bao; Michael Malik, Market Vice President – Shanghai, Marriott International; Mari L Snyder, Vice President – Social Responsibility & Community Engagement, Marriott International; Jerry Miao, General Manager, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Luwan]  

The hotel management company – with some 61 operating and another 66 signed hotel projects in China - continues to expand its support for the project in line with its rapid expansion in the country. 

Immediately following the awards ceremony, Nobility of Nature hotel ambassadors were also invited to see the programme’s progress at first hand in Sichuan Province. In addition, their itinerary included a ceremony to mark the opening of the programme’s latest Sichuan province site just one year after the project’s launch in Yingjing County.

Announced in 2010, Nobility of Nature is a collaboration between Marriott International and Conservation International to support freshwater conservation and assist rural communities with sustainable businesses that put less stress on China’s environment, most especially its sources of fresh water. Marriott International invested US$500,000 in seed money to support the programme which provides grants, training, resources and community development for villages in Sichuan Province. Over the past two years Nobility of Nature has supported two bee farming cooperatives in Guanba village and Yingjing County in Sichuan.

The three sponsors being recognised for their support of Nobility of Nature include:     

Cheng Bao Juice Company - preferred juice supplier of Marriott International in China. The company has provided organic food certification assistance for the project in addition to repackaging and design support for the Nobility of Nature honey, which is available for sale in Marriott hotels throughout greater China. To date Marriott International has purchased nearly 6 tonnes of honey harvested by the two cooperatives and redirects a portion of the proceeds toward ongoing programme support.

NongFu Spring - preferred bottled water supplier for Marriott International in China. For each bottle of water it sells to Marriott hotels in China, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Nobility of Nature. As of July 1, 2012, NongFu Spring has donated RMB99,000 to support the initiative. As the hotel portfolio of Marriott International in China is expanding rapidly, the contributions of NongFu Spring will further increase.      

Ecolab - supports Nobility of Nature with the provision of water saving communication throughout the operating kitchens and laundries of Marriott hotels in China. They have also worked with Marriot hotels in China to develop a cold water laundry process which consumes less hot water and electricity through shortened wash cycles and reduced process time.

In the ceremony, 10 Nobility of Nature hotel ambassadors were also recognised for their ambitions in enhancing the momentum of Nobility of Nobility at their respective hotels.

In July 2012, each Marriott hotel in China formed a Nobility of Nature Ambassador Committee that consists of associates from various departments. Each committee submitted a plan for how their hotel will engage in a number of activites from water saving initiatives to property Weibo pages to further promote Nobility of Nature in 2013. Plans from five hotels were selected for engaging the most associates while incurring the least expense. The 10 ambassadors who will be recognised in Shanghai are representatives of these five winning committees.

“Marriott International strives to demonstrate by example how responsible hospitality management can be a positive force for the environment, create economic opportunities around the world, and inspire personal action in the communities where we operate,” said Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s Chief Operating Officer, Asia. “Nobility of Nature is a great showcase of this vision and has created an impact in China. In this process, we encourage and welcome our partners and associates to pitch in and create a bigger impact for Nobility of Nature in China together.” 

From 2009 to 2011, the water consumption of Marriott hotels in China decreased by 17.24%, while waste to landfill per occupied room witnessed a drop of 8.48%. Even though the number of Marriott hotels in China has increased phenomenally in the past three years, their total energy consumption has remained flat. 

“Considering the fact that the number of our hotels in China has been increasing significantly during the past couple of years, these results are exceptional,” Smith added.

Marriott International has set a ‘Spirit to Preserve’ environmental strategy with the following goals:
- Further reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020;
- Empower our hotel development partners to build green hotels;
- Green our multi-billion dollar supply chain;
- Educate and inspire associates and guests to conserve and preserve; and
- Address environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives including rainforest protection and water conservation.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Fuji Electric Introduces Electric Vehicle Charger at Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano

Charging Station RI SJCManufacturer Unveils First Publicly Available DC Quick Charger on ChargePoint.

 Fuji Electric Corporation of America announced today that it has unveiled the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on ChargePoint at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California.  Owned and operated by EV-integrator Evoasis, the 25kW charging station is open to the public and conveniently located along the Interstate-5, offering electric vehicle drivers a quick and easy charging experience.  Providing a full charge in approximately 60 minutes, Fuji Electric’s DC Quick Chargers have been installed in hundreds of locations around the world, and the integration with ChargePoint means that drivers can easily access real time station availability and manage charging sessions. 

“Fuji Electric is thrilled to be partnering with Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano and Evoasis to offer electric vehicle owners a fast and convenient charging method,” says Phil Charatz, president and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America.  “The integration of ChargePoint in our DC Quick Charger enhances the user experience, and we are proud to be the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on their network.  We are committed to the EV industry, and will continue to take every opportunity available to further the development of the EV infrastructure in the United States.” 

ChargePoint-enabled Fuji Electric stations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android.  These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address and get turn-by-turn directions.  Additionally, these applications allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint’s station reservation feature.  Drivers can locate stations and make, view and cancel a reservation time slot directly from a smart phone. EV drivers can access features including the ability to: help with trip planning, manage the cost of charging, and find and operate public ChargePoint-enabled stations.

“The collaboration with Fuji Electric has been an important milestone for ChargePoint as we expand the reach of our network to serve all aspects of an EV driver’s charging needs,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint.  “The combination of Fuji Electric’s extensive DC charging experience and Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano’s reputation for helping travelers thrive on the road for extended periods made it ideal for the launch of the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on ChargePoint.”

The introduction of the Residence Inn unit marks Fuji Electric’s fourth operational DC Quick Charger in the U.S. following their formal entry into the North American market in March 2012.  With more than 300 units deployed worldwide, the Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer has opted to focus on 25kW DC Quick Charging in the U.S., citing the need to help station owners manage installation and utility costs.  Their new charging station will be released in December 2012, and will feature a slimmer design and optimized user interface.

About Fuji Electric Corp. of America
Fuji Electric Corp. of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., and has been responsible for sales and distribution of the company’s products since 1970.  Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. has been developing power electronics equipment since 1923, and is a global leader in industrial products ranging from semiconductors, power supply, and power generation equipment to AC drives and electric vehicle charging stations.  For more information please visit

About ChargePoint
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned charging stations operating in more than 14 countries.  ChargePoint provides everything station owners need to deliver turnkey charging services in their parking lots.  For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications for iPhone and Android.  The ChargePoint Network is open to all charging station manufacturers.  Stations on ChargePoint are currently dispensing over 812 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 4100 charging sessions per day.   Follow us on Twitter @chargepointnet.  Like us on Facebook @ChargePoint.

About Evoasis
Evoasis Corporation designs and operates the world's first full-service, multi-point, Rapid-Charging stations, offering driver comforts, outstanding food and beverages and broadband wireless access, all delivered in relaxing drivers lounge and retail centers. Using the latest in energy-efficient building designs and incorporating solar canopies and energy-storage systems, Evoasis customers and members experience world-class service, state-of-the-art technology and 24-Hour security while recharging their electric vehicles. Evoasis' Marriott ChargePoint locations provide customers and members a similar comfort experience and secure setting while charging their vehicles, enjoying the hospitality, amenities and exceptional customer-care and guest services from the world-renowned Marriott brand.

For more information please visit or email  Follow us on Twitter at or call 858-509-2973

About the Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano
With more than 600 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is a leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax.

The Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano is a brand new all-suite hotel property welcoming business and leisure travelers with comfortable accommodations and attentive service. Each of the hotel’s 130 suites feature the convenience of full-size kitchen appliances, granite countertops, flat-screen TVs and separate sleeping and living areas for a remarkable hotel  experience. An ideal choice for small San Juan Capistrano business or social gatherings, the hotel offers two meeting rooms with the latest in audio-visual technology and event services for hosting company board meetings, training sessions or family reunions. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano directly at (949) 443-3600, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook:

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Wins Coveted Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award for ‘Doing It All’

RC LOGO CORP_00022_48733Presented to Herve Humler at star-studded Visionaries’ event in New York.

CHEVY CHASE, MD – September 19, 2012 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. was the proud recipient of a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award as the winner in the large hotel chain category. In the September 2012 edition of Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the U.S., The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was cited for several innovative and highly successful social and environmental initiatives that can be viewed here:

“I could not be more proud to receive this award on behalf of our 40,000 Ritz-Carlton ladies and gentlemen around the world; all of whom are committed to making a difference to these lives of others in their communities” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton.

The annual Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards recognizes companies who are true global citizens. The magazine has been encouraging and supporting the travel industry do-the-right-thing initiatives since its launch 25 years ago. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the resorts, hotels, cruise lines, airlines, and tour operators they celebrate prove that when you give your travel dollars to socially and environmentally responsible companies, you can have superb travel experience and, at the same time, know you have helped the planet and its people.

The “Doing it All” World Savers award celebrates the overall winners in eight industry sectors. The Ritz-Carlton won in the category of large hotel chain (more than 20 hotels), for the work conducted within its Community Footprints framework at its 80 properties worldwide.

“Engage. Contribute. Inspire. These are the guiding principles of Community Footprints, and this philosophy has served us well since 1983, when our first mission statement vowed that all Ritz-Carlton hotels would be “positive, supportive members of their communities and sensitive to the environment” said Sue Stephenson, Vice President, Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton.  “Through Community Footprints, we are taking our sense of doing the right thing as a company and expanding our outreach on a global basis. Our hotels and resorts recognize there can be no greater reward than giving back to those most in need,” she added.

The Ritz-Carlton strives to make a meaningful difference in communities around the world. Tackling poverty by building homes, providing food, and offering education and training services to those who otherwise wouldn't have options to secure competitive jobs and break the cycle of poverty. The Ritz-Carlton is also committed to working towards a more sustainable future by protecting and preserving natural resources and minimizing the impact on the environment by reducing energy and water consumption; sourcing environmentally preferred products; increasing local and organic dining options by partnering with local farmers, growers and seafood purveyors; creating green construction standards for hotel developers, and engaging employees and guests in conservation efforts

Through the third pillar of Community Footprints, the company also supports disadvantaged children who lack access to opportunity and education, and are at risk of exploitation.  Through the Community Footprints "Succeed Through Service" program, they engage and inspire at-risk young students from low-income surroundings. The one-year curriculum focuses on career exploration, life-skills training and community projects to help young students focus on a future that unlocks their potential and overcome the challenges of life. Since the program’s launch in 2010, over 9,000 children have benefitted from Succeed Through Service. The aim is simple – to nurture inspiration.

In 2011, The Ritz-Carlton made cash and in-kind donations valued at $4,425,250 to charitable organizations and contributed over 80,000 volunteer hours.

About Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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Marriott Celebrates First TownePlace Suites LEED® Volume Hotel

TPS Denver Ribbon CuttingMarriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the first TownePlace Suites hotel to open as part of its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environment Volume Program) Volume Program – the TownePlace Suites Denver Airport at Gateway Park in Colorado.  TownePlace Suites is the hospitality leader’s second brand to construct a hotel built using Marriott’s LEED Volume Program.  The hotel will be the brand’s first exemplary property using the LEED Volume prototype.

[Pictured: L to R: (front row)  Karl and Margaret Ewald of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owners; E.B. "Bud" Robinson of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owner; Kevin Hougen, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; (back row)Tom Burdeshaw, vice president - design management, Marriott International; Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, Colo.; Todd Dickson, TownePlace Suites Denver general manager; Loren Nalewanski, vice president - global brand management, TownePlace Suites. Photos provided by The Vern's LLC]

TPS DenverCertified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Volume Program removes the guess work from the process for property developers, such as hotel owners who want to build a LEED-certified hotel, saving them time and money.  Volume certification provides a streamlined path to LEED certification based on a pre-approved prototype and process.

“The number one seems to be a recurring theme for us,” said Karl Ewald, president and CEO of Arapahoe Lodging. “This is the first Marriott hotel in our portfolio, it is also the very first TownePlace Suites through Marriott’s partnership with the USGBC and the LEED Volume Program and the brand was recently named the number one mid-priced extended stay hotel brand.  We are certainly thrilled to be part of the Marriott family.”

Owners of these hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time.  Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives.

“With the increase in global travel, we have a responsibility to ease our business impact on our natural environment.  Our LEED Volume Program puts us at the forefront of the industry and it helps support our sustainable initiatives,” said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president of architecture and construction.  "The program also allows our owners and franchisees to build sustainable hotels economically with a predictable return on investment and that our guests will love.  This platform is an important part of Marriott’s global expansion and our commitment to build our hotels in an eco-sensitive way.” 

TPS Denver PatioOpened May 8, the TownePlace Suites Denver like all Marriott LEED Volume hotels features a number of elements that focus on energy and water efficiency and recycling.  Some of those elements include:
- Light-colored roofing that reflects heat and saves energy;
- 70 percent ENERGY STAR® certified appliances including refrigerators, TVs, computers and kitchen equipment;
- Water-efficient toilets and aerated bathroom faucets;
- 10 percent of the building materials used contain recycled content;
- “On Demand” ventilation that provides fresh air for occupied spaces without wasting energy on unoccupied areas of the property;
- LED lighting - controls that turn off the lights;
- Incorporates high-tech daylight sensors to reduce electrical lighting with natural sunlight and
- Uses renewable energy sources such as solar or wind.

TPS Denver LobbyThe TownePlace Suites Denver also features a warm lobby and friendly “hello” signage that welcomes guests to the check-in area. Guests and staff interact using a floor-to-ceiling TowneMap® that helps guests settle into the local area by featuring great places to eat, popular night spots, recreation areas, shopping and services, such as dry cleaners and local car wash outlets.

The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast every morning in the lobby area, as well as 24-hour complimentary On Us℠ coffee service, guests who want a quick snack can also select food and beverage items from the 24-hour access In a Pinch® Market.

Marriott’s entire select-service and extended-stay portfolios -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites – are all LEED Volume certified.  In addition to the LEED Volume certified TownePlace Suites Denver, the Residence Inn Austin in Texas, which is scheduled to open in early 2013 will be the first of its brand to be LEED Volume certified.  The SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn brands have projects under development.  Across the Marriott portfolio, there are more than 90 hotels that are LEED- certified or registered by the USGBC. 

About Arapahoe Lodging
Arapahoe Lodging based in Denver, Colo., was founded in 1995.  The company has two hotels in its portfolio including TownePlace Suites Denver Airport at Gateway Park, which is Arapahoe’s first Marriott property. 

About TownePlace Suites by Marriott
TownePlace Suites is an all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand in the moderate price range. Ranked #1 for mid-price extended stays by Business Travel News' Hotel Chain Survey in 2011 and 2012; TownePlace Suites is the only brand to rank at the top of its tier for two years in a row. Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for a week or more, TownePlace Suites offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas. Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada. TownePlace Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay.  For more information or reservations, contact the TownePlace Suites Frederick directly at 301-624-0500, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000 or visit

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Marriott International 2011-2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Youth Employment Initiatives and Preserving the Environment

Report cover 2011 - 2012 Marriott Sustainability Report coverBETHESDA, MD – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) recently released its second full comprehensive Sustainability Report, using guidelines set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  In it, Marriott announced $2.5 million invested in its environmental portfolio over the past three years, and significant contributions to workforce development for disadvantaged youth around the world to help them gain skills and jobs. 

Brasil Eder completed the YCI program in 2011 - He is now a chef at the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel, Brazil.jpgThrough a global portfolio of partnerships called “World of Opportunity,” Marriott has been a catalyst for addressing rising youth unemployment with programs such as the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) in nine countries, SOS Children’s Villages and The Prince’s Trust in 24 European countries and The Ritz-Carlton’s “Succeed Through Service” in 26 countries.   For 21 years, the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities (MFPD) has provided job and life-skills training for young people with disabilities. Through the MFPD, more than 13,500 youth have been placed in mainstream employment with 3,500 employers, including Marriott, across nine cities in the U.S.

“For Marriott, creating a sustainable future includes preserving the environment, but it also means creating more jobs and stronger communities,” said Mari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility. “Over the next two years, we plan to hire approximately 100,000 people in our growing portfolio of hotels, two-thirds outside the United States. These programs are equipping disadvantaged youth with employable skills that can hopefully prepare them for jobs with Marriott.”

The results of Marriott’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report are reported to shareholders, customers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associates, who Marriott works to inform about its priorities and actions, understand their evolving expectations and viewpoints and create opportunities to address substantive issues through partnerships and collaboration. 

In the report, Marriott captures results from 2011 in the areas of environmental, economic and social responsibility performance.  Highlights from the report include:

• A 12 percent reduction in water consumption per occupied room and a four percent reduction in energy consumption per square meter since 2007. 

Green Hotel Global, an online tool giving guests and business customers access to a comprehensive list of environmental metrics and practices for each hotel in the Marriott portfolio• The launch of a Green Hotel Global, an online tool giving guests and business customers access to a comprehensive list of environmental metrics and practices for each hotel in the Marriott portfolio.
• Investing in sustainable development with the announcement of plans to open the company’s first hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

• Hiring nearly 36,000 associates in 2011 with plans to hire approximately 100,000 more people around the world over the next two years.

• Becoming the first in our industry to tap into social media gaming with My Marriott Hotel on Facebook, showcasing the opportunities and growth potential attainable in hospitality careers. 

• Delivering “Human Rights and the Protection of Children” training to all associates worldwide and
participating in the International Tourism Partnership’s Human Trafficking Working Group that created an Industry Position Statement on Human Trafficking.

• Securing a $200,000 grant for YCI from the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in order to include rehabilitated survivors of human trafficking into the YCI program in Mexico, Vietnam and Brazil.

• Marking the three-year anniversary of the company’s $2 million commitment to the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil to protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest.

• Helping to protect the source of fresh water in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province through the
company’s Nobility of Nature program in partnership with Conservation International. The initiative promotes sustainable jobs—such as beekeeping and honey production.

“Our success depends on providing the information and transparency that our stakeholders increasingly expect,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.  “It also depends on being true to this purpose: to provide the opportunity for rewarding travel experiences for our guests, the opportunity for personal and professional growth for our associates, and the opportunity for a better and more sustainable future in the communities where we live and work.”

Comments and feedback related to the report are welcome at  For more information about Marriott’s corporate social responsibility initiatives or for a full copy of the report, visit  For more about Marriott’s environmental initiatives, visit

Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework are used to determine the sustainability issues most pertinent to the organization; benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time. The Sustainability Reporting G3 Guidelines are the foundation of the framework. For more information on the GRI, visit

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Tysons Corner Marriott Offers Complimentary Charging for Electric Vehicles

Electric Car ChargingTysons Corner, Va., -- Guests of Tysons Corner Marriott can charge their vehicles for free while they recharge themselves with an overnight stay.

Tysons Corner Marriott now offers guests complimentary vehicle charging at two 30-amp charging stations recently installed in the lower level of the hotel’s parking garage, making it one of about 100 charging locations in Virginia. The hotel received the stations through Nissan North America, Inc.’s charger donation program that promotes the adoption of energy-efficient electric vehicles.

“We’re delighted to provide our guests with a convenient way to charge their electric vehicles,” says Shelly DiMeglio, general manager, Tysons Corner Marriott. “At Marriott Hotels & Resorts we take responsibility for the environmental impact of our operations. By providing this complimentary service, we engage our guests in practices that protect the environment. At the same time, we assist guests who have adopted cost-effective transportation in a tight economy.”

There are approximately 5,700 charging locations in the United States, but the number is expected to grow to an estimated 11,000 by the end of 2012. Electric vehicles will represent 10 percent of global auto sales by 2020, according to Steve Oldham, spokesman, Nissan.

Tysons Corner Marriott, one of more than 500 Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide, is located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Tysons Corner, Va., convenient to D.C. attractions via the Capital Beltway and across the street from Tysons Corner Center, one of the nation’s largest and most influential shopping centers. For reservations, call
703-734-3200 or visit

About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit

Building on more than 30 years of energy conservation experience, Marriott is committed to protecting the environment.  The company’s Spirit To Preserve® environmental strategy calls for:  greening our multi-billion supply chain; further reducing energy and water consumption by 25 percent per available room by 2017; expanding our portfolio of green hotels and buildings and green hotel development tenfold over the next four years; educating and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment; and investing in innovative, large-scale conservation projects worldwide.
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