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 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Starts Program Offering Meeting Planners Discounts
if they Pledge to Take Ten Steps to GO GREEN During their Meeting


 
CHICAGO, July 7, 2010 - Hyatt Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of Meet and Be Green, a new program that encourages guests and planners to make green choices for their meetings. In order to Meet and Be Green at Hyatt, planners and meeting attendees will pledge to take these ten steps to "go green" during their meeting:
1. Plan Ahead.
Surprises are lots of fun, but not for meetings. Provide us with your meeting info and event orders 10 days in advance to reduce the use of last minute resources.

2. Please Recycle.
Commit to using the recycling bins provided by the hotel at all functions, meetings, offices and guest rooms making it easy to be green. Recycling services vary by property.

3. Print local.
It's better to print it there than bring it there. It's even better to print on recycled paper we're here to help you coordinate all your printing needs and will provide you with a list of recommended environmental printing services.

4. Ship Less.
Shipping meeting materials wastes fuel, paper, plastic, energy and water. So, no more than one pallet of materials can be shipped to the hotel for each 100 rooms occupied and no more than ½ pallet going home.

5. Take what you need.
Rather than handing out pens and note pads, place all meeting materials in a central location so meeting attendees can take only what they need.

6. Ban the bottle.
Drinking lots of water is good. But not from a plastic bottle. Instead, use reusable bottles and refill at conveniently located filtered water stations.

7. Waste not.
While we're at it, let's eliminate the use of other disposable products at meetings. Exceptions can be made for Boxed meals and poolside service.

8. Keep it comfy by setting reasonable meeting temperatures.
Set the meeting room temperature at an agreed-upon number and keep it there. Not too hot, not too cool is just right.

9. Eat Local.
Don't think of it as just a meeting, think of it as chance to sample the local flavor. Our seasonal banquet menus feature locally grown and sourced products.

10. Use Recycled Products.
Your ideas will look just as smart on 100% recycled paper. Other items, such as menus and pens should have at least some recycled material too.

Dedicated Hyatt meeting planners will help source products with 100% recycled content where possible, find local suppliers, and maximize efforts to reduce waste to create a meeting experience that exceeds expectations and helps the environment at the same time. To discuss Meet and Be Green options, meeting planners should contact a Hyatt sales representative.

For new meetings booked by December 30, 2010, and held by March 31, 2011 at full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada, groups participating in the Meet and Be Green program will be eligible for a 3% rebate on qualifying charges on the master bill. Meet and Be Green is one of the latest additions to Great Happens, Hyatt's ongoing campaign to emphasize the power and importance of in-person meetings.

"We created Meet and Be Green as a way to reward businesses for helping reduce the environmental impact that can result from meetings," said Jack Horne, vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts North America. "By seeing how simple it can be to plan and participate in a green meeting, we are hoping to make green meetings a must-have for all businesses preparing and planning meetings."

Meet and Be Green is one part of Hyatt's larger pledge to conserve energy, minimize waste and create responsible, sustainable corporate practices to care for the earth and guests. By empowering guests to do the same, Hyatt and its planners can help minimize the environmental impact of meetings. Full details of the program and promotion are available atwww.hyattmeetings.com.

In addition to the launch of Meet and Be Green, Hyatt recently announced the rollout of new Seasonal Banquet Menus. These menu selections are updated quarterly and provide food and beverage enhancements for meetings and events that feature items from local and regional farmers, fisherman and cheese makers.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of March 31, 2010, the company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 434 properties. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
http://www.hyattmeetings.com
 

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Also See: IACC Summit Explores Evolving Trends, Best Practices, and Strategies Affecting the Meeting Experience of the Future / November 2008
Greening Your Hotel Meetings and Conferences / Diana Driscoll / June 2010
Meeting Planners Gain Leverage with Hotels as Outlook for the U.S. Lodging Industry Deteriorates / PKF Hospitality Research / Robert Mandelbaum / January 2009
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