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Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center Advances Green Initiatives by
 Introducing Electric Car Charge Stations, a First in New Jersey



 ( Florham Park, NJ October 2009 ) -- Most Americans are aware that nearly every auto maker in the world today is committed to producing electric cars.  So, what about electric parking spaces?  According to Gas2.0.org "most potential plug-in vehicle consumers do not have an adequate place to charge their vehicles."  There simply are not enough charging stations for the electric cars on the road.

Recently, a guest checking in for a conference at Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center  in Florham Park asked if there were electric car parking stations available.  The Front Desk clerk replied, "not yet, but we're working on it."
 
According to Steve Migliara, Director of Sales & Marketing, "we have just completed the installation of eight electric car charge stations, which is consistent with our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.  We are trying to stay ahead of the curve by anticipating customer needs such as this. There is a scarcity of electric charging station in the area; we want to be the first to offer this convenience to our guests."

Since no other electric charging stations are available free of cost in New Jersey, Hamilton Park is happy to implement the newest initiative in their expanding DESTINATION EARTH  program, which is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment.

The eight parking spaces feature docking stations and accommodate current vehicles available in the US such as the Toyota Prius and the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt.  According to Bob Boniface, Director of Design for the Chevrolet Volt, "Chevy Volt is designed to move more than 75 percent of America's daily commuters without a single drop of gas. That means for someone who drives less than 40 miles a day, Chevy Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions."

The docking grids feature four dual 120-volt outlets totaling 80 amps. New signage directs guests to the charging stations that are identified by newly painted green parking lines for the eight conveniently located spaces.  Charging instructions and adaptors are available at the Front Desk.  It takes about 12 kilowatt-hours of electricity to charge the car after a 50-mile trip.

Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center received a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship from the State of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection and achieved silver status from the International Association of Conference Centers Code of Sustainability.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course.

In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

About Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center
Set on 13 acres in New Jersey's historic Morristown area, just 20 minutes from Newark Airport, Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center presents a beautiful setting for corporate gatherings, social occasions, weddings and leisure stays. The property features 219 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 40 meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a range of exquisite dining options and a full-service business center.



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Contact:

James M. Mahon
914-548-5835
JMMahon@aol.com

Amy Wickenheisser, CMP
Hotel Manager
973-301-9758
AWickenheisser@destinationhotels.com

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Also See: Lowe Enterprises Acquires the Dolce Hamilton Park and Dolce Tarrytown House; Properties Will be Renamed and Managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts / April 2005

Paul Dolce Named Assistant General Manager at Hamilton Park, A Dolce Conference Hotel / Feb 2000

Profile: Andy Dolce - With Partners Soros Real Estate Investors and AEW Capital Management Dolce International Operates 22 Properties in Seven Countries / June 2003

Paul Sant Appointed Executive Chef at Dolce Tarrytown House, Westchester County, New York / November 2004


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