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Press Information: Sue Lowry/ Melanie Childs Magellan Public Relations Tel: 020 8875 2850; Fax 020 8875 2851 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IT’S SO EASY BEING GREEN Fairmont Hotels & Resorts provides fun, family-friendly ways to go green in your world travels this year TORONTO, August 2009 – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is pleased to introduce a series of travel packages for socially responsible families and the eco-consciously inclined. Fairmont long ago made a pledge to preserve the places in which we live, work and play by initiating the Green Partnership Programme, an award-winning, company-wide commitment to minimising our impact on the planet. As part of this multi-faceted approach to responsible tourism, Fairmont makes it easy for guests of all ages to combine sumptuous comfort and sustainability during their travels. For a full listing of experiences and to book, please visit www.fairmont.com/promo/travelgreen United States Eco is the New Chic at The Fairmont San Francisco where guests can experience the hotel’s signature Lexus Hybrid Living Suite, a unique eco-luxurious accommodation and have the use of a Lexus Hybrid luxury sedan during their stay. With room features including organic materials, recycled furniture, and an abundance of natural light, designers from Lexus Hybrid Living have lent their expertise to join Fairmont in demonstrating that luxury and comfort can co-exist with style and a conscience. Package includes nightly accommodation, one bottle of local organic wine upon arrival, access to a signature "Green Guide to San Francisco" and complimentary parking. Available until December 31, 2009, rates start from USD 869 – GBP 527 per night. At The Fairmont Newport Beach, guests can encounter The Real Wildlife of Orange County. After a restful night in a Fairmont room, adventurous guests will take a half day OC Wildlife & Beach Tour exploring the hidden treasures and natural beauty of Orange County’s “Gold Coast.” Led by a local naturalist, guests discover tide pool wildlife or identify migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway. Guests also learn simple environmental and conservation tips that can make a lasting difference in preserving our oceans and wildlife. Ten percent of the proceeds of this package will be donated to the California Coastal Commission. Available Fridays to Sundays until 31st December, 2009, rates start from USD 309 – GBP 188 per night. Going Green to See Chicago at The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park includes two nights accommodation, two adult 2-day Go Chicago Cards (includes admission to over 25 of Chicago's best attractions, museums, activities and tours) and two 2-day Visitor Passes valid for unlimited rides on all Chicago Transit Authority city buses and trains. For each package booked, USD10 will be donated to Chicago Gateway Green, an organization dedicated to the beautification of Chicago. Available until 31st December, 2009, this two-night package starts from USD 518 – GBP 315. There is no debate when it comes to the Nurture Nature package at The Fairmont Dallas. Guests will be treated to a gourmet picnic for two among the gorgeous gardens of the Dallas Arboretum, with a lovely picnic basket they can take home as a keepsake. Enjoy two adult passes to the park, along with complementary parking at the hotel and the Arboretum. Available until 30th December, 2009, rates start from USD 129 –GBP 78 per night. Twilight Tour in Central Park at The Plaza hotel brings Sarah Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy's historian and photographer to lead guests on a private tour of the park, discussing the original conception and construction of the park as well as current sustainability and conservation efforts. Sarah will provide “insider” guidance on some of the park’s most remarkable features and photogenic sites. The tour ends at Hernshead, a miniature woodland landscape overlooking the lake that offers some of the most spectacular views of Central Park and the NYC skyline at night. Guests will take home their memories with a signed copy of Sarah’s book, Seeing Central Park, The Official Guide to the World's Greatest Urban Park. Available until 31stDecember, 2009, rates start from USD 1,495 – GBP 907 per night. The Fairmont Washington DC, brings luxury and legacy together in the Eco Power Package. Guests stay in the hotel’s Lexus Hybrid Living Suite, equipped with a bottle of organic wine and local artisanal cheese. During their stay guests have the use of a Lexus LS 600h L hybrid luxury vehicle with complimentary parking. Guests will sleep easy knowing that Fairmont will donate a USD100 to the National Geographic Society on their behalf. Available until 30th December, 2009, rates start from USD 999 – GBP 605 per night. Also available at the hotel is The Green Washingtonian , which welcomes guests with organic cocktails for two in the courtyard garden or lobby lounge. Following a one-night stay, a tree will be planted in the guest’s name through the American Forests organization. Available Thursdays-Sundays until December 31, 2009, rates start from USD 239 –GBP 145 per night. At The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resorts & Club in Miami, guests will unleash their wild sides with the resort’s new NaviGATOR package. This fun educational experience includes nightly accommodation, a map of the Everglades upon arrival, transportation in resort’s Lexus hybrid sedan to and from the Everglades, a naturalist to help navigate through the national state park’s four ecosystems, plus a donation to the Everglades Restoration fund. During exploration, guests enjoy an airboat ride where alligators and birds are in abundance, a relaxing boat cruise to check-out manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, a wildlife drive through the Big Cypress Preserve and nature walk. Lunch is included in full day experience. Available until 30th September, 2009, rates start from USD 1,536 – GBP 931 for two nights; and from 1st October until 18th December, 2009 rates start from USD 1,896 – GBP 1150 for two nights. Canada Enjoy A Sustainable Stay at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront on a no-feathers, no- pets floor, with a bottle of British Columbia Wine from a sustainable vineyard, a three- course dinner for two featuring Ocean Wise (environmentally friendly) seafood and herbs from the hotel’s rooftop herb garden, and a complimentary annual subscription to Granville Magazine - Vancouver's coolest city magazine that explores how to make earth-friendly choices while enjoying the best of West Coast living. Available until 30th December, 2009, rates start from CAD 409 – GBP 226 per night. Sea the Change you want to see at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, with Vancouver Aquarium passes for two, followed by an Ocean Wise seafood dinner for two. Guests also enjoy nightly accommodation and an eco-friendly welcome gift. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CAD 359 – GBP 359 per night. Live local with the 100 Mile package at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Guests will be treated to a Chef-escorted tour of the property’s Garden to Globe vegetable and herb garden and will receive a Chef-autographed copy of the Fairmont’s Green Guide, a step- by-step guidebook on going green. Afterward, sit back and enjoy dinner for two at the award-winning restaurant, Globe@YVR, featuring home-grown favourites from the 100 Mile Menu. Available until 10th November, 2009, rates start from CAD 339 – GBP 187 per night. Whether you want to fly high through the Whistler treetops with an eco-tour ziptrek or take a swing at Canada's number one rated and Audubon certified golf course, a Whistler eco outdoor vacation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will have your friends Green With Envy! This adventure package includes daily breakfast, a donation to the Whistler Bear Smart Society and a CAD 100 credit per room, per day towards a choice of seasonal mountain activities. And of course, hybrid cars park for free. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CAD 290 - GBP 160 per night. The Fairmont Empress in Victoria is encouraging guests to Go Green, Stay Green by indulging in a compleimentary wine and cheese plate featuring local, organic products. Guests will be treated to a three hour Eco-Whale Watching Tour and a CAD 25 donation will be made to the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery center on their behalf. Available until 31st October, 2009, rates start from CAD 429 – GBP 327 per night. Take a Great Green Getaway to the clean air and sparkling streams of Jasper National Park at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and receive a CAD100 credit for daily activities. A CAD 25 donation will be made on behalf of guests to the UNESCO World Heritage Alliance. All that and a complimentary buffet breakfast for two. Available until 22nd December, 2009, rates start from CAD 349 – GBP 193 per night. The Fairmont Banff Springs is the perfect setting to experience The 3R's (Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate). Enjoy an interpretative heritage guided walk through the most beautiful sights that Banff National Park has to offer and return to an organic turn- down welcome gift including a reusable Fairmont water bottle. Guests may also access to the hotel’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa and complimentary parking for hybrid cars. Available until 30th September, 2009, rates start from CAD 539 –GBP 298 per night. Create Memories, Not Footprints at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Guests will be welcomed with a Grizzly Bear or Caribou Adoption Kit, a cuddly souvenir and a personalized adoption certificate. After a sweet sleep, guests may choose to start the day off right with their choice of a Sunrise Canoe or a Heritage Hike. Fairmont will donate CAD 25 to the World Wildlife Fund on the guest’s behalf for each night of stay. And of course, free parking is provided for hybrid vehicles. Available until 31st October, 2009, rates start from CAD 369 – GBP 204 per night. You will be seeing Fairmont Forest Green at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, with a complimentary upgrade to a Spectacular River Valley View Room. Start the day off right with full breakfast for two in the Harvest Room or in-room dining, where menus contain locally sourced, organic and sustainable items. Guests also receive a complimentary bottle of organic wine and the Carbon Farmers in Alberta will plant a tree in the guest’s name. Guests may customise their stay with the optional delivery of daily newspaper, towels and linen service. And of course, hybrid vehicles park for free. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CAD 269 – GBP 148 per night. FortWhyte Alive at The Fairmont Winnipeg gives guests a chance to get back to the land with a one-day Family Pass to FortWhyte Alive, a 70-acre Bison Prairie and park featuring interpretive trails, bird feeding stations, floating boardwalks, and more. The Interpretive Centre features exhibits such as the Touch Museum and Aquarium of the Prairies. Fairmont guests enjoy a complimentary 1-hour boat, canoe or bison buggy rental at FortWhyte Alive and complimentary valet parking for hybrid vehicles. The Fairmont Winnipeg will donate CAD 25 per night for every package booked to FortWhyte Farms, part of FortWhyte Alive’s social responsibility mandate. FortWhyte Farms uses the production and sale of products harvested at FortWhyte Alive to give at-risk youth hands-on training opportunities to increase future employment opportunities. Available Thursdays - Sundays until 31st October, 2009, rates for Fairmont Suites start from CAD 259 – GBP 143 per night. The award-winning kitchens of Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York combine to make up the largest hotel culinary operation in Canada. The Fairmont Royal York's Executive Chef David Garcelon is also proud of the hotel's close connections with some of the smaller producers of local products. Through his Shop With Chef package, guests experience an insider's tour of the Chef's local culinary contacts; shop in the nearby St. Lawrence market; enjoy a Peameal Bacon sandwich, prepared by Maurice and Robert of Carousel Bakery and enjoy a six-course menu in EPIC, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Toronto's expert historian, Bruce Bell, also leads the group on a tour of the 200-year history of The St. Lawrence Market. The Shop With Chef package is available from the time Niagara orchards are bursting with bounty, to the fall harvest of Ontario's fertile soil and through the holiday season when the best of free-range poultry and festive meats are in demand. Available Fridays and Saturdays only until 26th December, 2009, rates start from CAD 619 – GBP 342 for two nights. Fairmont Chateau Laurier encourages guests to get their bike on with Urban Cycling. Ottawa is one of Canada's greenest cities and there is no better way to take in the sights and sounds than by cycling along over 170 km of recreational paths that exist throughout Canada’s National Capital Region. Take a tour along the famous Rideau Canal, and then make your way through Little Italy to find your way back to the hotel along the pathway behind the Parliament Buildings. In the summer months, guests can also enjoy Sunday Bikedays when many of the parkways are closed for cyclists, joggers and in-line skaters. Guests enjoy a two-hour bicycle rental and a CAD10 donation to the National Geographic Society will be made on their behalf. Complimentary parking for hybrid cars is also extended. Available until 15th October, 2009, rates start from CAD 219 – GBP 121 per night. Get in Green Gear with Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal. Richard Buckminster Fuller's architectural masterpiece created for Expo 67 is home to Environment Canada's Biosphère, a museum dedicated to education on the major environmental issues related to water, air, climate change, sustainable development and responsible consumption. The Get in Green Gear exhibition features a 3-D game about sustainable transportation that encourages players to use their knowledge and imagination to reduce their ecological footprint from personal transportation. Fairmont guests will enjoy nightly accommodation for two adults and up to two children aged 17 or under, admission for the family to the Biosphère, Opus smart cards for public transit and a souvenir gift for the kids. Available until 30th September, 2009, rates start from CAD 229 – GBP 126 per night. Experience the majesty of the Great Outdoors at Québec’s Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello with nightly accommodation, breakfast daily (for up to a family of four), and access to Fairmont Kenauk (one of North America’s largest private nature reserves) to enjoy a half-day of canoeing and kayaking. Take a walk through the hotel’s trails where nature interpretation panels provide tutorials on the region’s native flora and fauna. Free valet parking for hybrid vehicles. Available until 30th September, 2009, rates start from CAD 269 – GBP 148 per night. Scale new heights with the Exhibit at the Summit at Fairmont Tremblant. This package provides two guests with a panoramic gondola ride to the top of Mont- Tremblant followed by a fun and interactive tour through the Under the Weather exhibit. Games, models and hands-on activities provide an informative and entertaining way to learn more about climate change. Afterward, sit back with organic cocktails for two in the new Nansen Lounge while admiring the green vistas of this pristine mountain resort. Breakfast for two at the Windigo restaurant is included along with complimentary valet parking for hybrid vehicles. Available until 13th October, 2009, rates start from CAD 249 – GBP 137 per night. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu’s Adopt a Beluga package provides nightly accommodation, breakfast for two, a three-hour whale watching excursion on the Saint Lawrence River for two adults, complimentary valet parking for all hybrid vehicles and access to the hotel’s multi-sport centre, including indoor and outdoor, heated salt-water pools. A donation of CAD 10 from each package sold will go to GREMM (Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals). Available until 30th September, 2009, rates start from CAD 339 – GBP 187 per night. Experience a Whale of a Time at The Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews By the Sea, New Brunswick. Because it is always a wonderful time to adopt a whale. Guests receive complimentary breakfast and one adoption certificate of a Right Whale in their name from the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CAD 219 – GBP 121 per night. Mexico/Bermuda Sail away on a Green Adventure at The Fairmont Mayakoba in the unspoiled tropical forest of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya. Guided by an ecological expert, guests take a tour through the resort’s deep lagoons aboard a covered canal boat called a lancha. Then discover the wonders of Xcaret, a magical paradise where culture, ecology and Mexican wildlife meet. Guests are also treated to daily breakfast and a donation will be made in their behalf to a local Adopt-a-Tree program. Available until 18th December, 2009, rates start from USD 598 – GBP 362 for two nights. Enjoy a greener shade of the pink sands on the East to West Bermuda Walking Adventure at The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda. Begin the day with an organic breakfast for two on a private balcony while perusing a complimentary copy of the East to West Guide. Guests will be fully outfitted with walking and trail maps, water bottles, homemade trail mix and a knapsack to carry all their gear. Guests will leave a lasting impression by helping boost the population of beautiful Bermuda Cedar Trees that are perilously close to extinction. Following their stay, a Bermuda Cedar Tree will be planted on the guest’s behalf. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CAD 335 – GBP 185 per night. Europe A Green Dream awaits guests at Monaco’s Fairmont Monte Carlo. Guests are welcomed with a special Green Dream commemorative gift and a bio-dynamic cocktail at Saphir le bar. Then jump into a chauffeured electric or hybrid car and be transported to the exotic gardens of Eze Village to enjoy breathtaking views of the French Riviera over a picnic lunch. Later, enjoy dinner for two at L’Argentin Grill, featuring the Chef's Bio Menu. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from EUR 529 – GBP 456 for two nights. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace provides guests with an Ecological package that includes two nights in a luxurious double room and buffet breakfast in the hotel’s La Brasserie du Palace. Guests may discover Montreux and its surroundings with a complimentary bicycle or use the city’s convenient public transportation. Later, relax in the Willow Stream Spa where a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and fitness room await. Available until 31st December, 2009, rates start from CHF 999 – GBP 568 for two nights. Package pricing is per room, per night, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room unless otherwise stated and subject to availability. Package terms and inclusions vary by resort. Taxes and gratuities not included. Minimum night stay requirement may apply to some packages. Rates are subject to change without notice and exchange rate fluctuations. Packages may be booked by visiting www.fairmont.com/promo/travelgreen Pioneered by the company in 1990, Fairmont’s Green Partnership is an award-winning environmental program focused on minimizing the impact of hotel operations on the environment. In addition to publishing "The Green Partnership Guide", a “going green” handbook used by its hotels and others in the hospitality industry, initiatives include recycling and organic waste diversion in the hotel’s kitchens, purchasing sustainable seafood, a green conferencing solution dubbed Eco-Meet, retrofitting energy efficient lighting, creating rooftop herb gardens at properties, and redistributing gently used goods and food to those in need. For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program, visit www.fairmont.com/environment. ### About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of distinctive hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Kenya's Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, and London's The Savoy, reopening Spring 2010 following an extensive restoration programme. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travellers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award- winning Green Partnership programme. Fairmont's portfolio includes 56 world-class hotels, with plans to develop over 30 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Shanghai, The Philippines and India. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 91 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 0845 071 0153 or visit www.fairmont.com.
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