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Hyatt Named To 2019 Fortune "100 Best Companies To Work For" List By Great Place To Work For Sixth Consecutive Year

Hyatt ·15 February 2019
CHICAGO - Hyatt has been named today to the 2019 FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, an annual ranking of companies with outstanding workplace cultures according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. Hyatt has earned a spot on the prestigious list for six consecutive years, ranking No. 32 this year.Rankings are based on survey feedback representing more than 4.3 million U.S. employees, with respondents rating their workplace culture on 60-plus elements. These include trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and workplace traits linked to innovation."We are honored to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year as this award validates our dedicated efforts to care for our colleagues," said Malaika Myers, Hyatt's chief human resources officer. "We are committed to creating a workplace that is driven by our purpose - we care for people so they can be their best - because when our colleagues are at their best, it helps foster authentic and meaningful connections with our guests and customers."Hyatt offers employees benefits and perks designed to allow them to be their best, including:Travel perks including complimentary and discounted stays at Hyatt hotels around the worldA global family assistance policy that provides employees with paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child as well as financial assistance for adoptionAccess to skills training and world-class education opportunities through Saba CloudA diverse workplace, including many diversity business resource groups, creating an environment where all colleagues can be their genuine selves at workWork-life benefits including wellbeing initiatives, on-site rest and relaxation, meditation lounges, and flexible schedulesFree or subsidized meals to hotel employees during work hoursHyatt introduced landmark initiatives in 2018 designed to celebrate current colleagues and attract new talent. In early October, Hyatt announced RiseHY, a global commitment to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth (people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working) by 2025. December 12th marked the first annual Global Day of Gratitude with the aim to unite colleagues, customers and guests through a single act of kindness. Every guest checking into a Hyatt-branded hotel and every Hyatt colleague around the globe was encouraged to send a postcard to someone for whom they are grateful, further realizing Hyatt's vision of a world of understanding and care.The 2019 FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" recognition adds to a growing list of workplace accolades Hyatt received in the past year, including:2018 Best Workplaces for Women - FORTUNE and Great Place to WorkAmerica's Best Employers For Diversity - Forbes2018 Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia - Great Place to WorkBest Workplaces in the UAE - Great Place to Work UAE100 Best Workplaces for Millennials - FORTUNEThe Best Employers for New Grads - ForbesBest Company to Work For in Greater China - Great Place to Work2018 Customer Excellence Award - CrowdStrike2018 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. - LATINA Style100 Best Workplaces for Diversity - FORTUNE and Great Place to WorkFor more information or to explore open positions at Hyatt hotels and offices around the world, please visit http://www.hyatt.jobs/. To see the full list of the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, click here.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.MethodologyPeople analytics firm Great Place to Work determined the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list and the FORTUNE Best Big Companies to Work For list by conducting America's largest ongoing annual workforce study, representing more than 4.3 million employees this year alone.Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyze these experiences relative to each organization's size, workforce make up, and what's typical in their industry and region.The remaining pieces we consider include an assessment of all employees' daily experiences of the company's values, people's ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they're consistently experienced.To be considered, companies submit an application documenting over 200 data points describing their HR programs and practices. Great Place to Work then conducts an anonymous survey of each company's workforce. To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organization to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. One part of the total score is based on our evaluation of company programs and policies, while three parts come from our analysis of employees' survey data.We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren't any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn't trust a company's survey results. Companies need to employ at least 1,000 US employees to be considered for the 100 Best Companies list, and at least 100,000 US employees to be considered for the Best Big Companies to Work For list. Government agencies are not eligible.About The FORTUNE 100 Best Companies To Work ForGreat Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index survey responses representing the view of more than 4.3 million employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations with more than 1,000 employees. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.Great Place to Work is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 30 years of research, Emprising, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.About Great Place to WorkGreat Place to Work is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 30 years of research, Emprising, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.

Survey: Frequency Of Travel May Influence How Often Americans Eat Breakfast

Hyatt ·12 February 2019
As Americans gear up to travel in 2019, a new survey from the Hyatt Place brand found that the more people spend their time away from home, the more likely it is that they will eat the proverbial "most important meal of the day."The survey of 1,507 respondents, which was conducted by Toluna on behalf of the Hyatt Place brand, looked at a range of breakfast habits among those who travel at least six times or more per year (frequent travelers) versus those who travel five times per year or less (infrequent travelers). The findings are as follows:A majority 63 percent of respondents who identify themselves as frequent travelers indicate they eat breakfast at least three or more days per week45 percent of infrequent travelers indicate the sameNearly half (49 percent) of frequent travelers indicate they eat breakfast more often while traveling, while 40 percent of infrequent travelers indicate the sameFor those who indicated why they eat breakfast more often while traveling, frequent travelers were most likely to credit extra time as a key factor for "why," while infrequent travelers were most likely to credit someone else making it for them as their main reason "why"Eating breakfast tops the list of things frequent travelers would do with an extra 30 minutes in the morning, while infrequent travelers were more likely to choose sleepA majority (53 percent) of all Americans, and nearly two-thirds of frequent travelers (63 percent) have chosen a hotel because of its breakfast offeringNearly half (49 percent) of frequent travelers describe breakfast as being made up of their favorite foods, compared to 36 percent of infrequent travelersOne in three frequent travelers have met someone new while eating breakfast at a hotelEggs/omelets are the go-to breakfast choice for Americans overall (26 percent), followed by breakfast sandwiches (15 percent) and then pancakes (8 percent)Recently, the Hyatt Place brand unveiled a new elevated regional breakfast experience at Hyatt Place hotels across the U.S. Guests have the option to choose from a variety of high-quality breakfast offerings that draw from food culture from five regions across the country, including the Atlantic, South, Heartland, Southwest, and West Coast. In addition to the regional breakfast rotations, Hyatt Place hotels in the U.S. will offer cage-free scrambled eggs, cage-free hard-boiled eggs, all-natural bacon and sausage, Oikos Greek yogurt, fresh-cut fruit, steel cut oatmeal, rosemary-garlic potato medley, and artisanal breads, including banana yogurt bread and zucchini spice bread."Leisure and business travelers alike expect high quality and flexibility when it comes to their culinary experiences, and as this survey suggests, both components play a direct influence on their breakfast eating behavior on the road," said Brian Contreras, corporate director of culinary operations, Americas, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. "The new Hyatt Place regional breakfast offerings directly address guests' needs and expectations by featuring fresh, regionally sourced ingredients that are sure to satisfy a myriad of food preferences."Hyatt Place hotels across the U.S. feature regional breakfast rotations, each giving guests a taste of the region they are visiting:AtlanticHyatt Place hotels in the Atlantic region will feature:Cinnamon French Toast with apple butterCorned Beef "Red Flannel" HashCrustless Spinach and Cheese QuicheRegional Bread: BagelsSouthHyatt Place hotels in the South region will feature:Sweet Potato and Roasted Corn Hash with Creole seasoningTurkey Sausage and Pimento Biscuit SandwichButtermilk Biscuits and Country Sausage GravyRegional Bread: CornbreadHeartlandHyatt Place hotels in the Heartland region will feature:Buttermilk Pancakes with roasted apples and granola crunchHeartland Scramble Bowl with diced shoulder baconGreen Chile Corned Beef HashRegional Bread: Marble ryeSouthwestHyatt Place hotels in the Southwest region will feature:Chocolate Churro Bread PuddingBreakfast tacos with pork carnitasChipotle Beef Barbacoa HashRegional Bread: CornbreadWest CoastHyatt Place hotels in the West Coast region will feature:Granola Crunch Belgian Waffles with mixed-berry compoteMediterranean Scramble with chicken sausageChilaquilesRegional Bread: English muffinsAccording to the study, respondents from the Northeast chose the "Atlantic" breakfast menu as their favorite, while respondens from the Midwest chose the "Heartland" menu and respondents living on Western half of the U.S. preferred the "West Coast" menu. Southerners were found more likely to try the different regional menus offered at Hyatt Place hotels.World of Hyatt members who book an Eligible Rate or a Points + Cash Rate or are on an award stay will enjoy this breakfast complimentary with their Hyatt Place stay. For all other guests, the breakfast will be available for purchase1. Guests can sign up for World of Hyatt at worldofhyatt.com.For more information about Hyatt Place hotels, please visit hyatt.com/whysettle.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.1 Eligibility for complimentary breakfast may vary at Hyatt Place hotels outside the United States. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, complimentary breakfast may not be available to all members. Please check with individual Hyatt Place hotels for benefits.About The SurveyThe Hyatt Place breakfast survey was conducted online by Toluna from January 3 - January 5, 2019. A total of 1,507 respondents completed the survey; data was weighted to be nationally-representative for age, gender and region. Based on the sample size, survey results have a margin of error of +-3% at a 95% confidence level.These online surveys are not based on a probability sample, and therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodologies, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Glennie Janssen at glennie.janssen@hyatt.com.

Andaz Hotels & Resorts And The Society Of Scent Make Hotel Stays More Memorable

Hyatt · 4 February 2019
While global in scale, Andaz hotels and resorts weave the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and textures of the surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each destination. Today, the brand announced a new collaboration with The Society of Scent, an olfactory collective which includes a proprietary fragrance creation laboratory led by Jean Claude Delville. Delville, who first began studying perfumery at age 17, has developed fragrances with several major designers including Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Joe Malone and Vera Wang. Through this collaboration, the sense of scent will be brought to life at all Andaz properties worldwide in highly immersive and unexpected ways.Together, the Andaz brand and The Society of Scent will create a series of individual scents based on elements of each property and locale that are most resonant. The Society of Scent is visiting Andaz hotels to experience firsthand what makes each property truly distinctive. While immersing in the culture and guest experience, the collective is meeting with local purveyors and partners and the greatest influencers on the guest experience, Andaz hotel colleagues - from chefs and spa directors, to general managers and resident experts. Based on their findings, the Andaz brand and The Society of Scent will develop a custom scent for each individual property along with a unique "scent story" and related experiences and/or amenities throughout 2019."Scent is one of the most powerful senses because of its connection to memory. This link is what we seek to capitalize on for Andaz hotels," said Heather Geisler, vice president, global brands, Hyatt. "Our collaboration with The Society of Scent is aimed at not only creating scents that convey the unique guest experience at each hotel, but more importantly, to continue to evoke memories of the experience through scent long after the guest departs.""The Society of Scent was built by and for a community of fragrance enthusiasts," said Jean Claude Delville. "We know that scent can be a powerful way to communicate the unique story of each locale, and these custom scents will be developed with that in mind. We are truly excited to work with the Andaz brand on capturing the culture of each hotel's surroundings into a scent experience."Distinctively Local, in Every SenseSince the brand's inception, Andaz hotels and resorts have been distinctively local. Every Andaz hotel takes its cue from the neighborhood and delivers on the senses in a truly unique way.SIGHT celebrates each destination's visual surroundings through interior furnishings, mood lighting and decor authentic to the area.SOUND highlights the aural environment including carefully curated music selections, local accents and dialects, urban clamor and unadulterated nature.TASTE takes you through a culinary adventure through the many diverse flavors seen in the property's restaurant menus and surprising beverage/cocktail selections.TOUCH provides a tactile engagement with the textures of Andaz hotel architecture, furnishings, linens and unexpected elements of serveware.SCENT offers a one-of-a-kind olfactory mood combining a hotel's fresh air, aromas of food, relaxing candles or the familiar smell of coffee.And for the Andaz brand, COMMUNITY is important and deemed the brand's "sixth sense." Andaz hotels and resorts give special attention to how they engage with and care for surrounding communities and beyond, through the (ANDAZ)RED collaboration to support (RED)'s fight to end AIDS.For more information on the Andaz brand, visit Andaz.com.

40 Hyatt Hotels Expected to Open Throughout West Coast United States By 2021

Hyatt ·28 January 2019
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt expects 40 new hotels to open in California, Oregon and Washington by the end of 2021, fueling Hyatt's regional brand growth by nearly 45 percent. The new executed properties - under management and franchise agreements - will join 89 Hyatt-branded hotels that are currently open and operating in California, Oregon and Washington.The West Coast is a priority for developers due to business demand from several strong markets in cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle. Further reasons to support Hyatt's strategy to focus on West Coast growth includes corporate and leisure travelers from Asia, where Hyatt has strong brand name recognition."The West Coast U.S. is a primary area of focus for Hyatt, and we see enormous potential to grow our portfolio of brands in this region," said Jim Chu, global head of development and owner relations, Hyatt. "Today's announcement further demonstrates the overall strength and resonance of Hyatt-branded hotels with developers, owners and guests."Most notably, new West Coast properties include Hyatt House San Jose/Cupertino (March 2019) to be located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the 350-room Grand Hyatt at SFO (Summer 2019) which will be the only hotel on airport grounds, the 600-room Hyatt Regency Portland at Oregon Convention Center (Early 2020) and Thompson Hollywood (Early 2020). These will complement the recently opened Hyatt Regency Seattle, the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, per number of rooms (1,260) and meeting space (103,000 square feet).Complete list of new West Coast U.S. properties:Park HyattPark Hyatt hotels provide discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodations. Each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with distinctive regional character. parkhyatt.comPark Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza (Calif.), 184 guestrooms, 2020Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences at Oceanwide Plaza (Calif.), 164 residences, 2020Grand HyattGrand Hyatt hotels celebrate the iconic in small details and magnificent moments, providing sophisticated business and leisure travelers with elegant accommodations, extraordinary restaurants, bars, spas and fitness centers, as well as comprehensive business and meeting facilities. grandhyatt.comGrand Hyatt at SFO (San Francisco, Calif.), 351 guestrooms, Summer 2019AndazAndaz hotels draw upon surrounding neighborhoods to craft distinctively local experiences, fully immersing guests in each inspiring destination through unique expressions of local culture. Andaz hotels are designed to reflect their surroundings and feature an innovative service model that creates a barrier-free and non-traditional environment. andaz.comAndaz Palm Springs (Calif.), 150 guestrooms, Fall 2019The Unbound Collection by HyattThe Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is designed to provide a portfolio of unconventional upper-upscale and luxury properties ranging from historic urban gems to contemporary new build hotels, boutique properties, and resorts. Each hotel is one-of-a-kind and offers story-worthy and extraordinary experiences for our guests. unboundcollectionbyhyatt.comA hotel within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, located in Hollywood, Calif., 64 guestrooms, Late 2019Destination HotelsDestination Hotels is a collection of more than 40 upscale and luxury independent hotels, resorts and residences across North America. Serving as both the explorer and the guide, Destination hotels ensure a sense of genuine belonging and the chance to encounter life-enhancing discoveries. destinationhotels.comA hotel within the Destination Hotels brand, located in Oceanside, Calif., 226 guestrooms, Q4 2020Hyatt RegencyThe Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on connecting travelers to who and what matters most to them. Conveniently located in urban and resort locations in more than 30 countries around the world, Hyatt Regency hotels serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion, offering a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. hyattregency.comHyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center (Ore.), 600 guestrooms, Early 2020Thompson HotelsFounded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an award-winning international hospitality brand that delivers a new take on modern luxury at the refined edge of travel. Each location offers a stunning, carefully layered and dynamic urban or resort setting that molds into the surrounding community. thompsonhotels.comThompson Hollywood (Calif.), 190 guestrooms, Early 2020Hyatt CentricHyatt Centric hotels are full service lifestyle hotels located in prime destinations that are created for millennial-minded guests who view their hotel as more than a place to stay. Hyatt Centric hotels help guests discover the world's most compelling destinations like an in-the-know local. hyattcentric.comHyatt Centric Mountain View (Calif.), 168 guestrooms, Spring 2019Hyatt Centric Korea Town Los Angeles (Calif.), 310 guestrooms, Fall 2021Hyatt Centric Downtown Sacramento (Calif.), 172 guestrooms, Fall 2020Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland (Ore.), 215 guestrooms, January 2020Hyatt HouseHyatt House hotels are designed to welcome guests as extended stay residents. Apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living areas remind guests of the conveniences of home. hyatthouse.comHyatt House San Jose/Cupertino (Calif.) 148 guestrooms, March 2019Hyatt House San Jose Airport (Calif.) 165 guestrooms, April 2019Hyatt House LAX (Los Angeles, Calif.), 129 guestrooms, February 2020Hyatt House Davis (Calif.) 118 guestrooms, July 2020Hyatt House Los Angeles USC Medical Campus (Calif.), 200 guestrooms, August 2020Hyatt House Sacramento Airport - North Natomas (Calif.), 92 guestrooms, November 2020Hyatt House Pomona (Calif.), 100 guestrooms, November 2020Hyatt House Livermore (Calif.), 130 guestrooms, March 2021Hyatt House Seatac Airport (Seattle, Wash.), 139 guestrooms, April 2021Hyatt PlaceHyatt Place hotels offer a modern, comfortable and seamless experience, combining style and innovation to create a casual hotel environment for today's multi-tasking traveler. From the lobby to the guest rooms to in-hotel dining, every touchpoint is designed with the high value business traveler in mind. hyattplace.comHyatt Place San Jose Airport (Calif.) 190 guestrooms, March 2019Hyatt Place Santa Barbara (Calif.), 88 guestrooms, April 2019Hyatt Place Fresno, California (Calif.), 126 guestrooms, April 2019Hyatt Place Vacaville California (Calif.), 136 guestrooms, July 2019Hyatt Place Bakersfield (Calif.), 120 guestrooms, September 2019Hyatt Place LAX (Los Angeles, Calif.), 272 guestrooms, February 2020Hyatt Place Sacramento Airport - North Natomas (Calif.), 109 guestrooms, November 2020Hyatt Place Pomona (Calif.), 115 guestrooms, November 2020Hyatt Place Sunnyvale (Calif.), 90 guestrooms, January 2021Hyatt Place Hayward (Calif.), 119 guestrooms, January 2021Hyatt Place Paso Robles (Calif.), 131 guestrooms, February 2021Hyatt Place Livermore (Calif.), 90 guestrooms, March 2021Hyatt Place San Carlos (Calif.), 103 guestrooms, March 2021Hyatt Place SeaTac Airport (Seattle, Wash.), 237 guestrooms, April 2021Hyatt Place Vancouver Washington (Wash.), 113 guestrooms, September 2020Hyatt Place Portland - Pearl District (Ore.), 176 guestrooms, November 2020Joie de VivreSince its founding in San Francisco in 1987, the Joie de Vivre brand has made curating playful travel through local connections and eclectic experiences its signature. Each Joie de Vivre hotel is an original concept designed to reflect its neighborhood. jdvhotels.com A hotel within the Joie de Vivre brand, located in Oceanside, Calif., 161 guestrooms, Q4 2020El Capitan, a Joie de Vivre Hotel (Merced, Calif.), 114 guestrooms, Q1 2020tommietommie is a carefully edited hotel and gathering place that inspires guests to author their own experiences. By focusing on the essentials and providing fun, relevant choices, the tommie brand offers a fresh lens for the youthful and open-minded to explore, connect and discover. tommiehotels.comtommie Hollywood (Calif.), 212 guestrooms, Q1 2020The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

Hyatt Launches Public Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne

Hyatt · 9 January 2019
CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the launch of a public bug bounty program with HackerOne in which ethical hackers are invited to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities and securely disclose them to Hyatt. In working with HackerOne, Hyatt is able tap into the vast expertise of the security research community to accelerate identifying and fixing potential vulnerabilities."At Hyatt, protecting guest and customer information is our top priority and launching this program represents an important step that furthers our goal of keeping our guests safe every day," said Hyatt Chief Information Security Officer Benjamin Vaughn. "As one of the first global hospitality brands to launch this type of program, we extend the ways we care for our guests and deepen our commitment to protecting their sensitive information."Through the bug bounty program, security researchers will be able to earn cash rewards, also known as bounties, if they report valid security flaws on Hyatt.com, m.hyatt.com, world.hyatt.com, and the iOS and Android versions of the Hyatt mobile app so they can be safely resolved. All ethical hackers that have agreed to HackerOne's terms and conditions, and adhere to disclosure guidelines are eligible to participate in this program."Bug bounty programs are a proven method for advancing an organization's cyber security defenses, trusted by leading enterprises across industries," said HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos. "In today's connected society, vulnerabilities will always be present. Organizations like Hyatt are leading the way by taking this essential step to secure the data they are trusted to hold."About HackerOneHackerOne is the #1 hacker-powered security platform, helping organizations find and fix critical vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. More Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 1000 companies trust HackerOne than any other hacker-powered security alternative. The U.S. Department of Defense, General Motors, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Nintendo, Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics, Qualcomm, Starbucks, Dropbox, Intel, the CERT Coordination Center and over 1,200 other organizations have partnered with HackerOne to resolve over 88,000 vulnerabilities and award over $41M in bug bounties. HackerOne is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, New York, the Netherlands, and Singapore.About Hyatt Hotels CorporationHyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club and Exhale brand names. On November 30, 2018, the Company expanded its hotel and resort portfolio with the inclusion of the Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson Hotels and tommie brands. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

Hyatt Announces Participation in Google Assistant Pilot

Hyatt · 9 January 2019
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt is collaborating with Google to pilot a new capability of the Google Assistant - Interpreter Mode. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for dozens of languages and conduct conversations in real time. At participating Hyatt hotels, Interpreter Mode will enable guests and colleagues that speak different languages to communicate via spoken and written translations of their own languages on a Google Home Hub."At Hyatt, we view technology as a way to scale care for our guests and colleagues and enhance the meaningful human connections that are fundamental to our industry," said Alex Zoghlin, global head of strategy, innovation and technology for Hyatt. "As international tourism continues to rise, implementing solutions like Interpreter Mode ensures the needs of today's global traveler base remain at the core of our innovation strategy. We are excited to collaborate with Google on a new technology that offers the potential to create widespread impact across the hospitality industry."At Hyatt, Interpreter Mode is being piloted at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport's concierge desk to assist with fulfilling guest needs. To use this solution, hotel guests will identify their language on the Google Home Hub screen and hotel colleagues will activate Interpreter Mode to translate the conversation. In addition to assisting guests, this solution is being used to support colleague engagement efforts."Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport welcomes guests and colleagues from around the world, creating a diverse mix of backgrounds and languages," said General Manager Irby Morvant. "With the possibilities presented in Interpreter Mode, we strengthen our commitment to provide a seamless guest experience, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for colleagues."The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.About Hyatt Hotels CorporationHyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club and Exhale brand names. On November 30, 2018, the Company expanded its hotel and resort portfolio with the inclusion of the Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson Hotels and tommie brands. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

Hyatt Announces Inaugural Global Day of Gratitude to Promote Colleague and Guest Wellbeing

Hyatt ·12 December 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced Hyatt's first annual Global Day of Gratitude as part of Hyatt's commitment to caring for the wellbeing of its colleagues, guests and customers. On December 12, 2018, every guest checking into a Hyatt-branded hotel and every Hyatt colleague around the globe is encouraged to send a postcard to someone for whom they are grateful. The custom-designed "Gratitude Grams" will be handed to guests upon check-in today, and, if the guest returns it to the hotel, Hyatt will cover the postage."We believe wellbeing is the ultimate expression of our purpose - to care for people so they can be their best," said Mia Kyricos, who joined in August as Hyatt's first global head of wellbeing, tasked with driving Hyatt's internal and external wellbeing strategy forward. "By placing wellbeing at the heart of our business model, we promise to lead the hospitality industry in caring for the wellbeing of our colleagues and guests alike."Hyatt is prioritizing its efforts to invest in this area by focusing on three landmarks of wellbeing:FEEL: How you feel, or your emotional and mental wellbeing;FUEL: How you fuel your body through things like food, nutrition and sleep; andFUNCTION: How you physically move and function at work, in life and at play."At Hyatt, we know that gratitude is proven to positively impact how we feel about ourselves and the world around us," continued Mia Kyricos. "We are excited to unite our colleagues and guests during this Global Day of Gratitude in a single act of kindness, while also taking another important step toward becoming caretakers of wellbeing across Hyatt, and realizing our vision of a world of understanding and care."Moving forward, Hyatt plans to bring its landmarks of wellbeing to life via guest-centric strategic collaborations, which will include products and services designed to positively impact how colleagues, guests and customers feel, fuel and function in and outside of hotel stays.Notable Hyatt Wellbeing Initiatives to DateMulti-million dollar investment to pilot and implement products, programs and services to positively impact the wellbeing of colleagues around the globe.Invested in the growth of the Miraval and Exhale wellbeing brands, including renovations of existing resorts and studios, as well as the opening of new Miraval resorts in Austin, Texas (expected to open in January 2019) and Lenox, Mass. (expected to open in fall 2019).Provided additional bonus points for spend on fitness on the newly launched World of Hyatt credit card.Evolved the future guest experience at Hyatt Place hotels to include on-demand Exhale video content, exclusive Exhale privileges and rates, enhanced fitness and wellbeing environments and collaborations with wellbeing applications.Curated exclusive World of Hyatt member experiences designed to benefit the mind, body and spirit on Hyatt's FIND experiences platform.Continue building on the long-standing Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. global food philosophy, which is designed to offer food options that are good for Hyatt guests, good for the community and good for the planet.For more information, please visit hyatt.com.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.About Hyatt Hotels CorporationHyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of September 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club and Exhale brand names. On November 30, 2018, the Company expanded its hotel and resort portfolio with the inclusion of 74 properties operating under the Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson Hotels and tommie brands. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.comForward-Looking StatementForward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the Company's outlook, estimated Adjusted EBITDA contribution of the transaction, estimated integration-related costs of the transaction, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, beliefs, business strategies, future events, business conditions, business trends and expectations, and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "may," "could," "expect," "intend," "plan," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue," "likely," "will," "would" and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, the risks discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC, including our annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports, which filings are available from the SEC. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Hyatt Completes Acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality

Hyatt ·30 November 2018
Addition of Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson and tommie brands expands Hyatts lifestyle and wellbeing offerings for high-end travelers worldwide Acquisition price revised to $405 million from $480 millionadditional potential consideration revised to $96 million from $120 millionHyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt has completed the previously announced acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, a lifestyle hotel management company with a unique collection of distinctive brands, outstanding properties and a significant global development pipeline.With the addition of five established lifestyle brands Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson, and tommie Hyatt has expanded its brand presence into 23 new markets with management and license agreements for 74 open and operating hotels across North America and Asia, and a robust pipeline of signed management agreements. As part of the acquisition, Hyatt is establishing a new dedicated lifestyle division to combine the operations of Two Roads and Hyatts lifestyle brands.We will leverage the shared expertise of Hyatt and Two Roads across our powerful combined portfolio of 19 brands to bring best-in-class offerings for guests around the globe, said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. For hotel owners, our platform will deliver opportunities for enhanced operational excellence and financial performance. We are pleased to have completed this exciting transaction, and we welcome Two Roads associates to Hyatt.Two Roads brands are expected to join the World of Hyatt loyalty program in the near future, expanding opportunities for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points across more leisure-focused stay options and also driving hotel occupancy from a loyal group of travelers who spend more, stay more and book directly.Updated Outlook InformationPrior to closing the transaction, the base purchase price for the acquisition was revised to $405 million from $480 million, and the aggregate potential additional consideration from Hyatt was revised to $96 million from $120 million. The revised consideration reflects the exclusion of certain properties from the transaction, including properties not operated under the Two Roads brands and properties that will continue to be managed or licensed directly by an affiliate of sellers. The total purchase price reflects an EBITDA multiple of approximately 12x stabilized 2021 earnings, which Hyatt considers the best indicator of valuation based on anticipated synergies and growth.As a result of the revised transaction terms, Hyatt expects the 2019 Adjusted EBITDA contribution prior to non-recurring integration-related costs to be approximately $20-25 million. This compares to a prior estimate of approximately $25 million to $30 million. After including integration costs, the net contribution to 2019 Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be flat to $5 million.Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Hyatt; Moelis & Company LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Two Roads Hospitality; Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Hyatt; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel to Two Roads Hospitality.The term Hyatt is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates. Hyatt plans to include Two Roads properties in its World of Hyatt loyalty program, but such properties are not currently participating.

Hyatt Centric Announces New Music-Inspired Brand Collaborations

Hyatt · 9 November 2018
Hyatt Centric, a lifestyle hotel brand that inspires destination exploration and discovery for millennial-minded travelers, today announces a new music collaboration that will bring immersive experiences to its hotels and guests through the power of music. Through new brand collaborations with key players in the music industry, Sofar Sounds and Spotify, Hyatt Centric hotels are connecting guests to the local music experience - both inside and outside the hotel - as a means to fully discover a destination. New Hyatt Centric brand experiences available in 2018 will include highly curated, secret Sofar Sounds concerts at select hotels and Spotify-streaming playlists inspired by global Hyatt Centric hotel destinations."Since 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has catered to savvy explorers who are curious-minded and hungry for authentic experiences," said Heather Geisler, vice president, full-service global brands, Hyatt. "With the brand's Sofar Sounds and Spotify collaborations, we are giving guests, World of Hyatt members, and global travelers new ways to discover Hyatt Centric hotel destinations through musical experiences, inside and out of the hotels. With our brand's new music platform, we will offer exclusive and curated access to emerging artists who best define a destination."Secret Concerts with Sofar SoundsSofar Sounds has made its name by curating secret concerts in everyday spaces around the world, ranging from living rooms to retail shops. Invited guests are given the details the day before the show and learn who's playing only once they arrive. The Hyatt Centric brand is teaming up with the concert-curating company to bring the secret concert concept - and local, emerging musical talent - to a wider audience of curious Hyatt Centric hotel guests at select hotels around the globe.The Hyatt Centric brand's exclusive collaboration with Sofar Sounds includes a total of eight secret, intimate concerts offered complimentary to hotel guests and locals through the end of 2018, featuring local, emerging musical talent. These intimate Sofar Sounds shows will be hosted at the following hotels: Hyatt Centric Times Square New York, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile Chicago, Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid, and Hyatt Centric Montevideo in Uruguay. The Hyatt Centric brand's Sofar Sounds concert series kicked off on Thursday, November 8 in the heart of New York City at Hyatt Centric Times Square New York with an intimate show by Lennon Stella. Hotel guests and locals may learn more about and apply for tickets to these secret Sofar Sounds on www.sofarsounds.com/hyattcentric.To grow the Sofar Sounds program in 2019, the Hyatt Centric brand is looking into featuring concerts at more properties around the globe, giving guests greater access to trip-defining musical experiences."We are excited to team up with the Hyatt Centric brand to bring our Sofar Sounds experience to travelers around the globe," said Sarah Lipman, head of communications, Sofar Sounds. "By turning these five select hotels into secret, intimate concert venues, the Hyatt Centric brand will help provide more up-close-and-personal concerts for guests, taking the Sofar experience to another level."A Playlist for Every DestinationIn addition, the Hyatt Centric brand has tapped Spotify, one of the world's most popular music streaming services, to help curate playlists inspired by 21 global destinations where Hyatt Centric hotels are located. The unique playlists, which were designed in collaboration with Sofar Sounds, combine Spotify's local streaming intelligence with each city's rising music artists and Sofar Sounds alumni.From Miami to Southern California, Madrid to Tokyo, this is a global collaboration connecting travelers to top destinations across the world through music. Spotify users can now listen to Hyatt Centric hotel-inspired playlists by searching "Hyatt Centric" on the Spotify app. By offering savvy explorers a taste of a city's musical style, they can discover that destination through music. Hotel guests will be encouraged to stream these playlists before, during and even after their travel experience.The 21 destinations that inspired the Spotify playlists include:AtlantaChicagoHonoluluHouston area (including The Woodlands, Texas)Key West, Fla.Miami (including South Beach and Brickell areas)New YorkNew OrleansPark City, UtahSan FranciscoSouthern California area (including Long Beach, Calif. and Santa Barbara, Calif.)Washington, D.C. area (including Arlington, Va.)Bangalore, IndiaGuatemala CityIstanbulLa Rosiere, FranceLima, PeruMadridMontevideo, UruguaySantiago, ChileTokyoFor more information on the Hyatt Centric brand, visit hyattcentric.com. Follow @HyattCentric on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattCentricExplorer and #hyattcentricxsofar.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.For further information:The Hyatt Centric ExperienceHyatt Centric is a brand of full-service lifestyle hotels located in prime destinations. Created for millennial-minded travelers who want to be in the middle of the action, Hyatt Centric hotels are thoughtfully designed to enable exploration and discovery. The lobby lounge is a launch pad providing guests with information about the most sought-after food, nightlife and activities the destination has to offer. The bar and restaurant are local hot spots where great conversations, locally inspired food and signature cocktails can be enjoyed. Streamlined modern rooms focus on delivering everything guests want and nothing they don't, including Beekind's environmentally conscious bath products, Bluetooth-enabled electronics and salon-grade blowdryers. A team of colleagues is always available to recommend local hidden gems to launch guests' discovery of the destination. For more information please visit hyattcentric.com. Follow @HyattCentric on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattCentricExplorer.

Hyatt to Expand Brand Footprint and Pipeline With Acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality

Hyatt · 8 October 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, an international lifestyle hotel management company with a unique collection of distinctive brands, properties and a robust development pipeline around the globe.Through the addition of Two Roads, its established lifestyle brands and the management agreements for the majority of its 85 properties in eight countries, Hyatt will expand its brand presence into 23 new markets while enhancing its offerings in lifestyle hotel experiences and wellbeing. With Two Roads and its distinctive collection of lifestyle hotels, resorts and vacation residences, Hyatt will offer an expanded and more powerful portfolio of brands with best-in-class offerings to deliver compelling experiences and benefits for guests and World of Hyatt members, expand its relationship with valued hotel owners, and drive growth for shareholders."Hyatt and Two Roads share a commitment to genuine care and delivering distinctive experiences to discerning travelers. We are pleased to be coming together, and are dedicated to learning from each other and taking the best of both organizations forward," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Two Roads' passionate team members, strong brands, global footprint and robust development pipeline will expand our lifestyle offerings and grow Hyatt's brand presence in more places where our guests and World of Hyatt members want to travel. Importantly, combining Two Roads' meaningful brand presence and development plans in Asia with Hyatt's already strong position in this region will allow us to accelerate expansion in this critically important and fast-growing part of the world."The acquisition consists of a base purchase price of $480 million, with the potential for Hyatt to invest up to an additional $120 million in the aggregate, contingent on the outcome of certain terms to be individually defined after closing. The base plus contingent total purchase price is expected to reflect an EBITDA multiple of approximately 12-13x stabilized 2021 earnings, which Hyatt considers the best indicator of valuation based on anticipated synergies and growth.Consistent with Hyatt's long-term growth strategy to drive shareholder value, this investment in a high-growth, capital-light platform accelerates Hyatt's evolution to a more fee-driven enterprise, funded by proceeds from an asset disposition program in which real estate has been monetized at an average multiple of approximately 16.5x EBITDA to date. Notably, Hyatt is making this growth investment in a year in which it has committed to return approximately $800 million of shareholder capital through a combination of share repurchases and a cash dividend.After the close of the transaction, which is expected later this year, Hyatt will create a dedicated lifestyle division as a catalyst to bring together the operations of Two Roads' and Hyatt's lifestyle brands. "Hyatt is an ideal home for us as we share many values and a deep commitment to thoughtful growth and creating compelling experiences for our guests," said Jamie Sabatier, chief executive officer, Two Roads Hospitality. "Hyatt's unique position in the marketplace brings with it the powerful benefit of global scale while maintaining meaningful personal relationships with team members, guests and owners."Hyatt will provide additional information related to the acquisition, including a preliminary estimate of 2019 earnings accretion, on its third quarter earnings call scheduled for October 31, 2018. Hyatt plans to integrate Two Roads brands into the World of Hyatt program in 2019, expanding opportunities for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points across more leisure-focused stay options and also driving hotel occupancy from a loyal group of travelers who spend more, stay more and book directly.Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Hyatt; Moelis & Company LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Two Roads Hospitality; Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Hyatt; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel to Two Roads Hospitality.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates. Hyatt plans to include Two Roads' properties in its World of Hyatt loyalty program, but such properties are not currently participating.

Hyatt Hotels Commit to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025

Hyatt · 1 October 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced the launch of RiseHY, a new global program designed to pair the hospitality industry's career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth - people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working - by 2025.According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 percent of the world's young people are either unemployed or living in poverty. As reported by Measure of America, there are 4.9 million Opportunity Youth who are disconnected from the economy in the U.S. alone."We understand the challenges young people face, and Hyatt hotels are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution. Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can change the trajectory of someone's life," said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt. "With the launch of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will harness the power of technology in ways our industry has never done before to scale career opportunities, bringing awareness to hospitality careers, setting candidates up for success from the start, and expanding training programs as a path for employment."Virtual Reality: Bringing Awareness to Hospitality CareersUsing virtual technology, youth across global communities will be able to experience what employment inside a hotel looks like, from home or a community center. With this immersive experience, candidates will be able to spend a "day in the life" of hospitality professionals and learn about key roles Hyatt hotels offer, including bell attendant, entry-level culinary, housekeeper, steward and waiter/waitress. Preview the experience at youvisit.com/tour/hyatt.Digital Skill-Matching: Setting Youth Up for Success from the StartFunded in part by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, digital technology that taps into artificial intelligence will also be made available to community-based organizations in order to identify candidates' inherent soft skills and match those to entry-level roles in the hospitality industry - and not just at Hyatt hotels. Candidates that match to hospitality roles will then have the option to be referred to human resources teams at a variety of hotels through community-based organizations, ensuring they are set on a path that aligns with their skillset.Training Programs with Community-Based Organizations: Pathways for EmploymentAs part of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will build upon their long-standing engagements with local community-based organizations and further expand our global network to scale training programs and accelerate Opportunity Youth hiring. Working with organizations like Grads of Life and Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Hyatt hotels will provide on-the-job training and employment opportunities across the globe."Grads of Life is thrilled to be part of Hyatt's ambitious effort to expand career opportunities for Opportunity Youth across the globe," said Elyse Rosenblum, principal, Grads of Life. "We were honored to assist Hyatt in developing RiseHY and believe that this program will give many young adults a chance to explore a career in hospitality - an industry that offers significant opportunity for professional growth and advancement."RiseHY builds on a long-standing commitment across Hyatt hotels worldwide, many of which already have existing relationships with community-based organizations providing vocational training and career readiness programs."Hyatt's support of Youth Career Initiative since 2008 has helped over 300 disadvantaged young people train and secure meaningful employment at Hyatt hotels around the world," said Wolfgang M. Neumann, chair, International Tourism Partnership. "We are incredibly excited that Hyatt has chosen our YCI program as a strategic partner for RiseHY. Together, we aim to provide vocational skills, training and employment opportunities to thousands of the most disadvantaged young people, empowering them to improve their lives and build successful careers in the hospitality industry.""It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family, and our hotels have been working with local organizations for decades to bring employment opportunities to underserved members of our communities," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "RiseHY is a focused commitment that not only brings our purpose - we care for people so they can be their best - to life in our communities, but it is also a business imperative to ensure we have a diverse pipeline of great talent for the future."Watch the video announcement from Chief Human Resources Officer Malaika Myers and learn more at hyatt.com/risehy.For further information:The term "Hyatt" is used for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, one or more of its affiliates, and/or one or more Hyatt hotels. Some of these positions will be at hotels managed by Hyatt while other positions may be at hotels franchised by Hyatt and/or where a third party is the employer. It does not refer to the Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Please note that all hiring by Hyatt hotels is subject to applicable law, which may include without limitation non-discrimination and minimum age requirements.

Andaz Maui Chef Jonathan Pasion and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Chef Leo Minelli Win Americas Regional Hyatt Culinary Challenge

Hyatt ·27 September 2018
Hyatt today announced the winners of its fifth-annual culinary competition The Good Taste Series Americans Regional Competition: Chefs Jonathan Pasion of Andaz Maui and Leo Minelli of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. Judged by a panel of food and hospitality industry professionals, 11 regional winners from Hyatt properties in North America prepared two reception-style dishes designed from a mystery basket of ingredients. The dishes also incorporated local ingredients, regional influences and represented Hyatt's global food philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Each plate was judged on flavor, presentation, creativity, and the chef's interaction with their audience."We are extremely proud of our culinary talent in the Americas, and congratulate both Chef Jonathan, Chef Leo and all of our talented competitors," said Colleen Kareti, vice president, operational experiences, Hyatt, Americas. "As we continued this annual competition for the fifth year in a row, we centered this event around furthering the development of our culinary talent and showcasing Hyatt's commitment to culinary excellence."Utilizing all of the mystery ingredients, which included Hog Snapper, Pigeon Peas, local Squash and Sugar Apples, Chef Jonathan presented Kaffir Hog Snapper Tataki and Nori Emulsion dishes and Chef Leo presented Cured Snapper Tartare and Hog Snapper with Pigeon Pea Baba Ghanoush."Being part of The Good Taste Series has been an honor as I continue to hone my culinary skills," said Chef Jonathan Pasion. "Winning this competition is a huge accomplishment, and I am proud to have presented dishes that represent my training and background alongside extremely talented Hyatt competitors whom I've learned so much from this week."As the winners of The Good Taste Series Americans Regional Competition, Chef Jonathan and Chef Leo received a $2,000 check and will also be attending the global competition, where they will compete against Hyatt chefs from around the world in spring 2019 in Hong Kong."I feel very fortunate to have been part of this competition and lucky to work for a company that gives me the freedom to explore my culinary passions," said Chef Leo Minelli. "Cooking alongside my talented Hyatt colleagues has been a great learning experience as well, and I look forward to bringing all that I've learned during the competition back to my team and our guests at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar."The Good Taste Series Americas competition was comprised of 11 chefs who won regional competitions that took place earlier this year:Michael Cantin, Hyatt Regency San Francisco AirportAlejandro Ceja, Hyatt Regency MorristownBladimir Garcia, Andaz MayakobaChris Ingmire, The DriskillBradley Jones, Grand Hyatt Atlanta in BuckheadNikolaos Kapernaros, Hyatt Regency ChicagoMichael Lombardo, Grand Hyatt DenverLeandro Minelli, Grand Hyatt Baha MarJonathan Pasion, Andaz Maui at Wailea ResortRicardo Sanchez, Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleKeisha West, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake BayThe Good Taste Series Americas Regional Competition was judged by a panel of esteemed industry journalists that included:Danica Lo - Digital Director, Food & Wine MagazineKarrie Holland - Food & Travel Contributor, The Daily MealBrother Luck - Celebrity ChefKlaus Mueller - Global Master Chef Culinary Director - Swiss Chalet Fine FoodsKris Moon - COO of the James Beard FoundationFor more information about Hyatt's global Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. philosophy, visit: www.hyattfood.com.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World Announce Strategic Loyalty Alliance

Hyatt · 2 August 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) today announced plans to bring World of Hyatt members opportunities to enjoy loyalty benefits in many more places. The launch is targeted for the end of the year.Hyatt, a leading hospitality company with more than 700 hotels worldwide, and SLH, a collection of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels around the world, are working together to offer World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points during stays at participating SLH hotels when they book through Hyatt channels."This is another example of how Hyatt continues to listen to the wants and needs of World of Hyatt members and take meaningful action," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt. "SLH's high-end collection of boutique hotel experiences means our members will soon be able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points in more places, including many new locations in Europe and Asia.""We are constantly looking for ways to add value for our many independently spirited hotels. This coming alliance with World of Hyatt does just that," said Filip Boyen, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. "Our work together will allow World of Hyatt members to enjoy loyalty benefits across a wider choice of small independent luxury hotels. For SLH, our hotels are our brand, and we look forward to expected increased occupancy with significant exposure to the World of Hyatt program's more than 10 million members."The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.About Small Luxury Hotels of the WorldSmall Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) matches independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels. The diverse collection of over 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world includes everything from cutting edge design hotels and city center sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands - all SLH hotels are consistently different, however, they are all united by the fact that they offer the best locations, highest quality, personalized service and a truly authentic way to discover a destination. Guests can join SLH's loyalty program, INVITED, to receive Small Luxuries from their very first visit. Reservations for any SLH hotel can be made online at www.slh.com or via the iPhone app, by contacting a travel agent or calling a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; click here to view a listing by country.

Hyatt Unveils New Experiences Platform Designed to Enhance World of Hyatt Members' Wellbeing

Hyatt ·18 July 2018
As part of its ongoing commitment to caring for guests' wellbeing, Hyatt today announced the launch of FIND, an extended way for eligible World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points on experiences. FIND provides a unique, curated selection of exclusive experiences focused on enhancing the mind, body and spirit, both during and outside of hotel stays. Eligible members have the option to purchase experiences offered in the U.S. with cash and can earn 10 World of Hyatt Base Points per $1.00 USD, or redeem World of Hyatt points for experiences worldwide."Through continuing to listen and understand what is important to our members, we know they want to feel their best while exploring new and deeper parts of the world beyond their hotel stay," said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. "With FIND, we are able to provide more value and care to our members by offering authentic local experiences that speak to different facets of wellbeing, allowing members to be rewarded with more World of Hyatt points while they try new things and practice self-care."About FINDDesigned to go beyond the guide books and into deeper parts of the world less known, FIND brings to life various experiences centered around food, drink, fitness, relaxation and exploration. Eligible World of Hyatt members can choose from over 100 experiences focused on restoring, reenergizing and self-care, and experiences will continuously evolve in the U.S. and international markets including, but not limited to: Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Sydney, India, Cambodia and Vietnam. Examples include:Create Your Own Herbal and Organic Beauty Products -- San FranciscoInsiders Tour of the Chicago Farmers Markets Classic Experience with Aram Reed -- ChicagoJoin the Founders of Goat Yoga Las Vegas for a Private Feeding and Yoga Session with Baby Goats -- Las VegasParagliding Tandem Flight Experience -- Los AngelesPrivate Bonsai Class with New York City's Premier Professional Bonsai Artist -- New YorkGuided Hike Through Forever Wild Old Growth Forest Untouched by Man -- MiamiMasters of Food and Wine: Tastemakers Masterclass and Dinner -- SydneyCalligraphy with Delhi Hero Qamar Dagar -- DelhiA Taste of Buddhism -- Siem ReapWhere Culture Meets Cuisine, A Vietnamese Cooking Class -- SaigonCommitment to WellbeingFIND is the latest of many new wellbeing initiatives from Hyatt. In 2017, Hyatt acquired the Miraval brand, expanding Hyatt's portfolio to include a brand that caters to self-improvement and a life in balance. World of Hyatt members are able to enjoy their loyalty benefits at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa through the World of Hyatt program. In addition, through Hyatt's acquisition of exhale, Hyatt guests and World of Hyatt members can access invigorating boutique fitness classes and restorative spa therapies that provide a total mind and body experience.In addition to these recent acquisitions, last month Hyatt also launched the World of Hyatt Credit Card, which includes a fitness Bonus category that rewards members for wellbeing purchases on fitness club and gym memberships. More Hyatt wellbeing initiatives will be unveiled in the near term.For more information on FIND, please visit worldofhyatt.com/find.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates. FIND experiences are not available in the European Economic Area or for residents of the European Economic Area. All other World of Hyatt members are eligible.

Hyatt Announces Global Efforts to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Hyatt · 9 July 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced Hyatt hotels around the world plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws and drink picks. After Sept. 1, 2018, straws and picks will be available on request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available."At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations. Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental impact," said Frank Lavey, senior vice president, global operations for Hyatt. "This is a meaningful step, and our commitment doesn't stop with straws and drink picks. We will continue exploring viable alternatives everywhere we can."This move away from single-use plastics builds on efforts already underway across Hyatt's global portfolio, including to minimize and divert food waste, source responsibly, and reduce water and energy consumption. Since launching its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Vision in 2014, Hyatt has made significant strides toward its goals, integrating sustainability guidelines into purchasing criteria and engaging suppliers around sustainable practices. Among the progress detailed in Hyatt's latest Corporate Responsibility Scorecard:Nearly 100 percent of Hyatt's Avendra suppliers and distributors now have sustainability policies in place.Hyatt surpassed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per square meter by 25 percent in all regions when compared to 2006.Fitness centers at Hyatt hotels across North America now offer earbuds that are recyclable rather than single-use. In 2017, more than 80 participating Hyatt hotels contributed to nearly 65,000 pairs of recycled earbuds.Additionally, 2018 marks 10 years of Hyatt's collaboration with Clean the World, a non-profit that collects used soap and shampoo products from hotels, recycles them, and then donates them to communities in need. Over the past nine years, Hyatt hotels have donated 475,000 pounds of bar soaps and toiletries. During the hurricanes in 2017 alone, Clean the World donated 185,000 hygiene kits and 250,000 bars of soap.To learn more about Hyatt's sustainability efforts, please visit www.hyattthrive.com.

Chase and Hyatt Introduce the New World of Hyatt Credit Card

Hyatt ·29 June 2018
CHICAGO -- Chase Card Services (NYSE:JPM) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the launch of the new World of Hyatt Credit Card, designed to reward today's travelers for making everyday purchases - both while at home and on the road. From fitness to transportation to dining, World of Hyatt cardmembers will be rewarded for their spend, making it easier to elevate their status and earn free nights at Hyatt destinations. Cardmembers will also be able to earn Bonus Points with the addition of a new fitness club and gym memberships category.Benefits of the new World of Hyatt Credit Card include:More Bonus Points:9x Points total on Hyatt stays and experiences - that is based on:4 Bonus Points per $1 spent on the card at Hyatt hotels and resorts, including participating restaurants and spasPlus 5 Base Points per eligible $1 spent as a World of Hyatt member2x Bonus Points on dining at restaurants and airline tickets purchased through the airline2x Bonus Points on fitness club and gym memberships2x Bonus Points on local transit and commuting including ride share services1 Bonus Point on all other purchasesMore free nights:One free night each anniversary year at a category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resortOne additional free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in an anniversary yearMore ways to achieve higher status:Automatic Discoverist status in World of Hyatt5 qualifying night credits every year2 qualifying night credits after every $5,000 in spend on the cardAdditional benefits:No foreign transaction feesPoints don't expire as long as the credit card account remains open"We remain focused on deepening our relationship with our members, by increasing the frequency and relevancy of engagement with World of Hyatt and caring for them across more dimensions of their lives. We've continued to listen to our members and tailored our credit card program to reflect those aspects that are most important to them," said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. "This new card offers more ways for cardmembers to enjoy Bonus Points, free nights and elite status; including a new Bonus Points category focused on rewarding members for staying healthy, which demonstrates our commitment to caring for our guests' well-being.""With fitness memberships reaching all-time highs, and wellness tourism growing even faster than the tourism industry, we wanted to give Hyatt loyalists this unique accelerator benefit with the new World of Hyatt credit card," said Leslie Gillin, Chase Co-Brand Cards President. "Also, with double points on the transit category like the popular and growing ride share services, World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn free hotel and resort stays even faster."In addition to the expanded card benefits, for a limited time new World of Hyatt Cardmembers have access to a rich new cardmember bonus, with benefits including:New World of Hyatt Cardmembers can earn up to 60,000 Bonus Points (equivalent of up to 12 free nights at a category 1 Hyatt hotel or 2 free nights at a category 7 Hyatt hotel or resort) on qualifying purchases.40,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening and another 20,000 Bonus Points if they spend $6,000 total within the first 6 months.Existing Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can upgrade to the new World of Hyatt Credit Card at any time and for a limited time can earn 2,000 Bonus Points if they are approved for the new product.The new World of Hyatt Credit Card has an annual fee of $95. For more information about the new World of Hyatt Credit Card, visit http://www.GetHyattCard.com.

Hyatt Signs on to Support Major Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Hyatt ·13 June 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today that Hyatt has joined the CEO ACT!ON for Diversity & Inclusion initiative and signed the United Nations LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business. Hyatt's commitment underscores its long-standing dedication to creating an inclusive workplace, led by a CEO-chaired Global Inclusion and Diversity Council tasked with driving Hyatt's culture of inclusion and diversity."Our purpose is to care for people so they can be their best, and that includes taking actions to create an inclusive environment for our colleagues around the world," said Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt's chief executive officer. "We've laid a strong foundation--from an active network of employee-led diversity business resource groups to our focus on diverse leadership development--and our work is ongoing. Supporting these important initiatives reinforces my personal commitment to embedding inclusion and diversity into all areas of our business."CEO ACT!ONThe CEO ACT!ON for Diversity & Inclusion is a unique collaboration of chief executives across industries, committed to advancing their workplaces through discussion, education and training. Building on existing inclusion and diversity integrations, Hoplamazian's pledge requires three actions:Support open dialogue within the company regarding diversity and inclusionShare best practices within the greater business communityExpand unconscious bias trainingOver 400 CEOs have signed the pledge so far to share their experiences and best practices, supporting those who are in the process of developing diversity strategies. Hoplamazian is one of few executives within the hospitality industry to join the CEO ACT!ON initiative.LGBTI Standards of ConductHyatt has also signed on as a supporter of the United Nations LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business - a set of five core standards of conduct developed by the United Nations Human Rights Office to protect lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination across business sectors. Hyatt has become the third company within the hospitality sector to formalize its support of the standards of conduct."On a global scale, we're standing up against all forms of discrimination," said Malaika Myers, Hyatt's chief human resources officer. "We know that we can only be a truly inclusive workplace if we create an environment that allows our colleagues to bring their whole selves to work every day so they can be their best and better care for others."Hyatt has long been recognized for its efforts in supporting inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Hyatt received a perfect 100 percent rating on the annual Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index every year since 2005, earning the organization's designation as a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality." Hyatt has also been named among Forbes' "America's Best Employers for Diversity" and was ranked No. 2 on FORTUNE'S 2017 list of "Best Workplaces for Diversity."The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

Hyatt Plans to Double Brand Presence in Canada

Hyatt · 7 June 2018
Hyatt today announced plans to expand the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brand footprint in Canada with the signing of management and franchise agreements by a Hyatt affiliate for nine Hyatt Place hotel and three Hyatt House hotels. There are currently nine Hyatt-branded hotels open Canada, and the expected openings of these 12 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels would increase Hyatt's brand presence in the region to 21 hotels within the next few years."We believe the new agreements being announced today, along with the previously announced properties under development, demonstrate growing confidence among owners and developers in the strength of the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in Canada," said Scott Richer, Hyatt's vice president of real estate and development for Canada. "There is tremendous growth opportunity in this region - coming off the heels of its 150th anniversary, Canada continues to see strong levels of leisure travel, as well as an increase in corporate travel. Today's announcement is a testament to the global appeal of Hyatt's select service portfolio as it continues to expand worldwide and offer more choices to our guests."Hyatt Place and Hyatt HouseThe Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands are designed to deliver seamless experiences that are authentic, intuitive and modern, allowing business travelers to remain productive and worry free, without skipping a beat. Twelve Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are expected to open in Canada in the next two years, including:2018Hyatt Place Calgary Airport (127 guestrooms) in Calgary, AlbertaHyatt Place Mississauga Centre (126 guestrooms) in Mississauga, Ontario2019Hyatt Place Brampton (123 guestrooms) in Brampton, OntarioHyatt Place Kelowna (161 guestrooms) in Kelowna, British ColumbiaHyatt Place Moncton (120 guestrooms) in Moncton, New BrunswickHyatt Place Winnipeg Downtown (144 guestrooms) in Winnipeg, ManitobaHyatt House Hamilton/McMaster University (135 guestrooms) in Hamilton, OntarioHyatt House Winnipeg South West (135 guestrooms) in Winnipeg Manitoba2020Hyatt Place Toronto International Airport (196 guestrooms) in Toronto, OntarioHyatt Place Toronto Airport Corporate Centre and Hyatt House Toronto Airport Corporate Centre (250 guestrooms) in Toronto, OntarioHyatt Place Vancouver Airport (97 guestrooms) in Vancouver, British ColumbiaHyatt-branded hotels currently open in Canada include:British Columbia: Spirit Ridge at Nk'Mip Resort and Hyatt Regency VancouverAlberta: Hyatt Regency Calgary, Hyatt Place Edmonton/Downtown and Hyatt Place Edmonton-WestOntario: Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, Hyatt Regency Toronto and Park Hyatt Toronto*Quebec: Hyatt Regency MontrealFor more information, please visit hyatt.com.*Park Hyatt Toronto is temporarily closed for renovation and is expected to reopen in December 2019.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

New Generation of Hyatt Place Hotels Elevates Guest Experience and Increases Value for Owners

Hyatt · 6 June 2018
Hyatt Place, Hyatt's upscale select service brand designed for business travelers, today unveiled a new generation of hotels focused on three key areas: thoughtful design, driving value for World of Hyatt members and enhanced well-being experiences. Today's announcement signals a move that responds to guests' and owners' evolving needs, while building on the success of the Hyatt Place brand."The new generation of Hyatt Place hotels is intended to further strengthen the overall Hyatt Place portfolio and expand our opportunities to work with world-class developers and operators, while also providing flexibility and support to our existing owners," said Jim Chu, global head of development and owner relations, Hyatt. "We are keeping the brand relevant and fresh by focusing on giving our guests more customization and control during their travels, developing deeper relationships with our World of Hyatt members and personalized well-being experiences for our guests. By evolving and elevating the brand's offerings, we believe that we will create a best-in-class experience that will truly redefine the select service category, just as we did 12 years ago when we launched the Hyatt Place brand."True to its heritage as a consumer-driven brand committed to research and innovation, direct owner and guest input led us to reimagine the Hyatt Place product in order to create a differentiated and optimized guest experience that will redefine the select service segment in the following ways:DesignThe Hyatt Place brand is evolving and elevating the in-hotel experience by emphasizing guest customization, control and connection:Guestroom Evolution: Guests have come to know and rely on the seamlessness and efficiency of Hyatt Place guestrooms. True to the brand's commitment to research and constant innovation, the new Hyatt Place guestroom will evolve in a new, thoughtful way:Purposeful furniture designed to keep guests organized and productiveElements to promote well-being, including a premium mattress, blackout shades and warm-colored lighting to enhance sleep qualityDistinct zones to sleep, work and relax, including the brand's signature Cozy Corner.Bathroom Transformation: The Hyatt Place brand is responding to guests' needs by redesigning the Hyatt Place bathroom to include a more generous vanity counter space for personal items, multidirectional lighting at the vanity to reduce shadows, more optimal distance between mirror and vanity for shaving or makeup application, and a walk in shower with footrest and larger shower amenity tray.Energized Lobby Experience: The Hyatt Place brand is reimagining the lobby experience to become an energizing intersection for guests looking to get out of their rooms; whether that means connecting, collaborating, socializing, or simply grabbing a coffee or drink on their own.Elevated Culinary Experience: The Hyatt Place brand is introducing a new dining experience with elevated culinary offerings that will exceed guests' expectations by delivering a more compelling breakfast offering, a redesigned coffee bar and coffee program and an evening lounge with a cocktail and dinner menu focused on classic recipes or offerings with contemporary, regional ingredients.World of HyattThe Hyatt Place brand is deepening guest relationships by strengthening the value proposition for its World of Hyatt community.Seamless, Early Check-In: World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members will be able to travel on their schedule with the option to check in when they want and how they want.Mobile Entry: The new generation of Hyatt Place hotels will be mobile entry capable giving World of Hyatt members even more check in and check out flexibility.Exclusive Well-being Benefits: Hyatt Place hotels are currently testing a number of app-based well-being collaborations that will roll out through 2018 and into 2019.Reimagined Breakfast: World of Hyatt members will be able to enjoy the newly reimagined breakfast for free at Hyatt Place hotels.Well-beingWell-being continues to be a powerful and growing movement, and it's increasingly important to Hyatt Place guests who prioritize their well-being and who want to self-direct what well-being and fitness mean to them. Hyatt's relationship with exhalewill inform unique well-being experiences and offerings at Hyatt Place hotels to help guests stay well while on the road:Exhale Video Content: Exhale video content offering branded fitness and mindfulness programs to inspire well-being in the rooms and on the road will be available in various durations and will be integrated into Hyatt's mobile app.Exhale Privileges and Rates: Exhale will extend preferred privileges and rates to Hyatt Place guests in exhale markets.Enhanced Fitness Facilities: Leveraging the expertise of exhale, the new generation of Hyatt Place hotels will re-write their fitness and well-being environments to address the shifting demand for best-in-class fitness, relaxation and social connection.App-Based Well-Being Collaborations: Hyatt Place hotels will introduce a number of collaborations with well-being and fitness apps, including a bike sharing platform.The new generation of Hyatt Place hotels is designed to drive the brand's strategic plans to grow around the world. The Hyatt Place brand has grown by 75 percent over the last five years, and with more than 305 hotels open in more than 200 cities around the world, the brand continues to build a network that supports both corporate customers and transient guests.For more information, please visit www.hyattplace.com

Ctrip teams with Hyatt to open its first flagship store

Hyatt ·25 May 2018
The online flagship store allows over 300 million Ctrip members to access Hyatt hotels in the Greater China region and will extend to Hyatt hotels globally in the near future.The Hyatt flagship store offers Ctrip's loyalty members access to attractive rates at Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world. Ctrip members who log on to the flagship store will be able to join World of Hyatt, Hyatt's global loyalty program. The Hyatt portfolio includes various high-end hotel brands, including: the luxury Park Hyatt brand; premium Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency brands; lifestyle Andaz, Hyatt Centric and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brands; and modern essential Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands."The collaboration presents a win-win setting for both companies and represents a milestone in the travel industry distribution archetype. The flagship store is the outcome of several months' hard work by cross-functional teams at the two companies, including R&D, product, marketing, legal and more, working collaboratively and quickly. We have found so much team spirit in both companies, and we are really impressed by the passion and hard work through nights and over weekends to make this happen," said Ray Chen, Ctrip's Hotel business unit CEO. As a result, Hyatt hotels will receive increased exposure on Ctrip platforms, intended to contribute incremental revenue and business from Chinese travelers along with the global Chinese community. The two brands will continue to work together to provide a new cooperative experience for customers. "We are very excited to be working with Hyatt on our online flagship hotel store. With the ever growing number of outbound Chinese travelers, we are always looking for ways to provide better services for our members. With the Hyatt flagship store, we are able to offer more benefits and shared offers," said Ctrip's Ray Chen. "With the diverse range of hotels offered by Hyatt, Ctrip members who are also World of Hyatt members can enjoy special rates to more than 700 hotels and resorts globally.""We want Hyatt hotels to be top of mind for travelers however they choose to book, and we are pleased to work with Ctrip to launch this flagship store," said Stephen Ho, President - Greater China, Global Operations, Hyatt. "Ctrip has a huge consumer base in China, and it's an important priority for Hyatt to cater to the growing number of Chinese travelers who are crossing countries and continents more than ever before. We look forward to welcoming these guests to Hyatt hotels all around the world."The collaboration between Ctrip and Hyatt marks a step in Ctrip's continuous efforts to provide cost-effective, convenient, high-quality and seamless travel experiences on its various platforms. Ctrip Group will continue to pursue ways to provide members with the best rates and better services to become a one-stop travel shop, and invite more global partners to be featured on Ctrip platforms.

Hyatt Launches New Global Travel Program for Small Businesses

Hyatt ·22 May 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt today announced Hyatt Leverage, a global business travel program that offers special rates to qualifying small and mid-sized enterprises at all participating Hyatt hotels worldwide.Through Hyatt Leverage, businesses are eligible for exclusive discounts of up to 15% off the standard rate at all participating Hyatt hotels, as well as 5% off qualifying stays at Oasis home rentals. Upon registering, businesses will receive a unique program number, to be managed by a dedicated program administrator, for employees to unlock discounts when booking through Hyatt.com or Hyatt Reservation Centers. As reservations are booked, program administrators are able to view employee travel and track their room spend in a comprehensive Hyatt Leverage dashboard."With Hyatt Leverage, we are adding value for small and mid-sized businesses by providing a tool that makes booking travel more seamless," said Gus Vonderheide, Vice President of Global Sales at Hyatt. "Hyatt Leverage also includes resources that enable businesses to view reservations and track room expenses all in one easy solution."Key program benefits of Hyatt Leverage participation include:5 to 15% off standard rates at participating Hyatt hotels globallyConvenient booking through Hyatt.com and Hyatt Reservation CentersA dashboard that allows administrators to view traveler information, reservations and room expenses, as well as track total bookings and room spendEmail templates that allow administrators to easily share information with travelersThe ability for World of Hyatt loyalty members at participating companies to earn points on stays booked through Hyatt LeverageFor more information and to review the complete terms and conditions (including eligibility requirements) for Hyatt Leverage, please visit www.hyatt.com/leverage.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Brands Reveal Findings from Business Traveler Survey

Hyatt ·23 April 2018
Today the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands released findings from a Business Traveler Survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll and consisted of more than 1,300 adults across the United States, China and India who have traveled for business in the last 12 months (international business travelers), to gain a greater understanding of how business travel can deliver both personal and professional growth on the road. The brands collaborated with entrepreneur Bill Rancic to reveal the survey findings last night in New York City, alongside the winners of the 2018 #WhySettle Spirit Awards.The #WhySettle Spirit Awards honors hard-working individuals who never settle when it comes to work or supporting the ones they love, and this year's categories were tailored to three distinct personas that embody the "why settle" spirit through relentless drive and ambition:The 24/7 MVP - business travelers who always manage to make the meeting, make dinner and make it all look easyThe Inspiring Innovator - business travelers who have taken charge of their careers and follow their own passions to pave the wayThe Road Warrior - business travelers who have logged so many miles that even flight attendants know their nameExpanding on its "You've Come Too Far to Settle Now" platform, the #WhySettle Spirit Awards and Business Traveler Survey celebrate today's modern business travelers who never settle for "good enough" in their careers and should never settle for "good enough" when it comes to their hotel stay."Both Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are designed to meet the needs of business travelers and we conducted a survey to further understand the business traveler psyche and how these go-getters think, act and feel while on the road," said Steven Dominguez, vice president of global brands, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. "From the way we design our rooms to our balanced menu and craft cocktail options that cater to hard-working professionals - we believe our travelers deserve the best and shouldn't settle for anything less."During the survey launch event, Rancic and the #WhySettle Spirit Award winners shared travel tricks and tips that can help business travelers make the most of life on the road. Rancic, a frequent business traveler himself, revealed how he shares similar experiences with other travelers as found in the study."As a business traveler, I'm looking for seamless experiences that set me up for success while on the road," said Rancic, "Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are a trusted launching point and home base for road warriors like me because they are reliable, comfortable and unobtrusive, allowing guests to be as productive as possible."The Business Traveler Survey provided insight on the mindset of these road warriors, including what motivates them and what they learn during their travels.77 percent of U.S. business travelers believe business travel has helped them to communicate more successfully with different types of people, and that percentage is even greater in China (88 percent) and India (95 percent)68 percent of U.S. business travelers say business travel has inclined them to be more empathic towards others, and this number increases in China (88 percent) and India (90 percent)59 percent of international business travelers identify themselves as someone who sees obstacles not as challenges but asopportunities to grow. More importantly, 92 percent of employed U.S. business travelers are motivated to advance their career and the percentage is even higher in China (96 percent) and India (96 percent)Among those motivated international business travelers, more are driven by creating a better life for their families (48 percent) than receiving praise or recognition at work (33 percent)77 percent of U.S. business travelers believe being on the road has taught them skills they can use when facing challenges in their personal life and that number is even higher in China (88 percent) and India (90 percent)Furthermore, the survey reveals their habits (consisting of adults in the U.S., China and India), including:22 percent of business travelers think wearing pajamas on conference calls is a major benefit of taking business trips that require hotel stays.27 percent of business travelers admit they binge watch shows that they haven't been able to watch at home while traveling26 percent of international business travelers indulge by having a stiff drink at the bar while travelingFor more information, please visit hyatt.com/whysettle.

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Brands Reveal Findings from Business Traveler Survey

Hyatt ·20 April 2018
CHICAGO -- Today the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands released findings from a Business Traveler Survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll and consisted of more than 1,300 adults across the United States, China and India who have traveled for business in the last 12 months (international business travelers), to gain a greater understanding of how business travel can deliver both personal and professional growth on the road. The brands collaborated with entrepreneur Bill Rancic to reveal the survey findings last night in New York City, alongside the winners of the 2018 #WhySettle Spirit Awards.The #WhySettle Spirit Awards honors hard-working individuals who never settle when it comes to work or supporting the ones they love, and this year's categories were tailored to three distinct personas that embody the "why settle" spirit through relentless drive and ambition:The 24/7 MVP - business travelers who always manage to make the meeting, make dinner and make it all look easyThe Inspiring Innovator - business travelers who have taken charge of their careers and follow their own passions to pave the wayThe Road Warrior - business travelers who have logged so many miles that even flight attendants know their nameExpanding on its "You've Come Too Far to Settle Now" platform, the #WhySettle Spirit Awards and Business Traveler Survey celebrate today's modern business travelers who never settle for "good enough" in their careers and should never settle for "good enough" when it comes to their hotel stay."Both Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are designed to meet the needs of business travelers and we conducted a survey to further understand the business traveler psyche and how these go-getters think, act and feel while on the road," said Steven Dominguez, vice president of global brands, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. "From the way we design our rooms to our balanced menu and craft cocktail options that cater to hard-working professionals - we believe our travelers deserve the best and shouldn't settle for anything less."During the survey launch event, Rancic and the #WhySettle Spirit Award winners shared travel tricks and tips that can help business travelers make the most of life on the road. Rancic, a frequent business traveler himself, revealed how he shares similar experiences with other travelers as found in the study."As a business traveler, I'm looking for seamless experiences that set me up for success while on the road," said Rancic, "Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are a trusted launching point and home base for road warriors like me because they are reliable, comfortable and unobtrusive, allowing guests to be as productive as possible."The Business Traveler Survey provided insight on the mindset of these road warriors, including what motivates them and what they learn during their travels.77 percent of U.S. business travelers believe business travel has helped them to communicate more successfully with different types of people, and that percentage is even greater in China (88 percent) and India (95 percent)68 percent of U.S. business travelers say business travel has inclined them to be more empathic towards others, and this number increases in China (88 percent) and India (90 percent)59 percent of international business travelers identify themselves as someone who sees obstacles not as challenges but as opportunities to grow. More importantly, 92 percent of employed U.S. business travelers are motivated to advance their career and the percentage is even higher in China (96 percent) and India (96 percent)Among those motivated international business travelers, more are driven by creating a better life for their families (48 percent) than receiving praise or recognition at work (33 percent)77 percent of U.S. business travelers believe being on the road has taught them skills they can use when facing challenges in their personal life and that number is even higher in China (88 percent) and India (90 percent)Furthermore, the survey reveals their habits (consisting of adults in the U.S., China and India), including:22 percent of business travelers think wearing pajamas on conference calls is a major benefit of taking business trips that require hotel stays27 percent of business travelers admit they binge watch shows that they haven't been able to watch at home while traveling26 percent of international business travelers indulge by having a stiff drink at the bar while travelingFor more information, please visit hyatt.com/whysettle.About The Business Traveler SurveyThe Business Traveler Survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll, on behalf of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, among adults over the age of 18 who had embarked on at least one business trip within the past 12 months in the U.S. (n=290), China (n=423) and India (n=677). The U.S. survey was conducted from December 15-19, 2017; and the surveys for India and China were conducted between February 9-13, 2018.These online surveys are not based on a probability sample, and therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodologies, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Sian Rylander at sian.rylander@hyatt.com.

Hyatt Announces The Global Winner Of The Good Taste Series Annual Culinary Challenge

Hyatt · 6 March 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the winner of the fifth-annual The Good Taste Series competition, a now-global culinary competition that celebrates Hyatt's culinary talent and global cuisine. Sous Chef Christophe Scheller of Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome was named the winner by a panel of judges comprised of respected food and hospitality industry leaders, including Hyatt President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hoplamazian. The culinary competition took place on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort in Mexico's Riviera Maya, and challenged six chefs on a global stage representing three regions: the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and ASPAC (Asia Pacific). Since 2014, The Good Taste Series competition has recognized Hyatt's culinary talent in the Americas region, but now in its fifth year the competition has expanded globally."We are extremely proud of Chef Christophe Scheller from Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, as well as all of our talented competitors, who proudly represented the superior culinary artistry of Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world," said Colleen Kareti, vice president, operations - Americas, Hyatt. "The Good Taste Series supports our efforts to create a world of understanding through cultural exchange and food. This annual competition, which has grown from a regional competition to a global stage, recognizes and further develops our culinary talent, while reinforcing Hyatt's commitment to food and beverage excellence."The Good Taste Series global finals required the six competing chefs to prepare two dishes incorporating four out of five of the items from a mystery box that was revealed two days prior to the competition. The mystery items included: short rib, duck, red snapper, quinoa, and chilies. Each plate was judged on taste, presentation, technique and authenticity. These six global competitors were winners of their respective The Good Taste Series regional competitions held in the fourth quarter of 2017.The six competing chefs were:Americas:Joaquin Estolano, Andaz West HollywoodHunter Keels, Hyatt Regency AtlantaEMEA:Christophe Scheller, Park Hyatt Paris-VendomeJonas Wuestner, Hyatt Regency CologneASPAC:Jack Jia, Park Hyatt BeijingTomoya Sugizaki, Park Hyatt TokyoAt the global finals, Chef Hunter Keels from Hyatt Regency Atlanta was awarded the bronze medal, Chef Joaquin Estolano from Andaz West Hollywood received the silver medal and ultimately, Chef Christophe Scheller from Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome earned the gold medal and received a cash prize for winning the global competition.The Good Taste Series further brings to life Hyatt's purpose to care for people so they can be their best, as well as the company's rich legacy of food and beverage excellence. For such an occasion, a respected panel of judges was assembled, including:Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt Hotels CorporationFabio Viviani, Restaurateur and Culinary PersonalityChef Helmut Holzer, Global Master ChefFabiana Santana, Culinary JournalistMolly Tavoletti, Lifestyle PhotographerNick Neves, Private Chef and Culinary BloggerThe Good Taste Series culinary challenge took place at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort and brought together the six competing chefs, additional Hyatt chefs and culinary executives, local and international media, and the following corporate sponsors of the event: Hormel, PepsiCo, Ken's Foods, Sugar Foods, ATK Foods, Avendra, Ecolab, General Mills, and Oneida. Next year's global finals will be hosted in ASPAC.For more information about Hyatt's global Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. philosophy, visit: www.hyattfood.com.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

The Unbound Collection By Hyatt Brand To Expand In Europe

Hyatt · 5 March 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today two hotels in Europe are expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand - the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and Nish Palas in Istanbul. Additionally, the iconic Hotel Martinez in Cannes, the charming Parisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest and the newly renovated Hotel du Louvre in Paris are all expected to open and become a part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio by early 2019, creating significant growth for the brand in Europe."The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand offers tremendous potential for growth in the European market. The brand allows new hotel owners to explore opportunities with us," said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development - Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and Southwest Asia for Hyatt. "This brand enables us to team up with new owners and developers and furthers the foundation they've developed with their individual hotel brands. We also know guests are increasingly seeking authentic and one-of-a-kind experiences and have a desire to stay at properties that have a story to tell while creating new stories of their own and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand caters to this demand."The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand was created in 2016 and is a global collection of unique and independent properties that promise to create story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. Whether it is a fascinating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-wining dining experience, each property maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while still providing guests with Hyatt's customer loyalty program, robust operational and marketing resources and a trusted quality brand.The Unbound Collection by Hyatt hotel portfolio in Europe will include:Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London , United KingdomThe iconic building of the historic London Metropolitan police station, Great Scotland Yard Hotel is currently being developed into a luxury lifestyle hotel and will be the first hotel in the U.K. in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. Expected to open in Q4 2018, the famed landmark is known for its rich history, providing guests the opportunity to stay in the location where police pursued some of the country's most notorious criminals, including Jack the Ripper. The distinct historical character of the building will be preserved throughout the renovation, including maintenance of its original facade. Upon completion, this historic building will be a luxury 153-room hotel with sophisticated food and beverage offerings.Nish Palas, Istanbul, TurkeyNish Palas, the first hotel in Turkey joining The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, is set to open in Summer 2018, and will be located in Nisantasi, one of Istanbul's oldest and most exciting neighborhoods. Known today for its fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants, bars, and art galleries, the area was originally frequented by the Sultans and their hunting parties. The charming 45-room boutique hotel will be the post-modern interpretation of a typical historical Nisantasi apartment, known as a "Palas," providing a local lifestyle rather than an accommodation experience. The hotel will feature a rooftop venue overlooking the iconic Bosphorus Sea and a fine dining restaurant where guests will have the chance to taste authentic Mediterranean flavors.Parisi Udvar Hotel, Budapest, HungaryParisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest will be located in the 20th-century Brudern House, a building known for its eclectic design that offers a rich history and sense of place in the heart of Budapest. The Art Deco and Neo Gothic building located on Ferenciek Square on the Pest side of the city has escaped major renovations, making it a unique treasure from Budapest's past. Upon completion, the 110-room hotel will incorporate elements from Moorish, Art Deco and Neo Gothic styles, representing the best of Hungary's architecture. The Parisi Udvar Hotel is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.Hotel Martinez, Cannes, FranceHotel Martinez is one of the most recognizable and iconic hotels on the French Riviera, rich in culture and history, with a colorful past. The landmark has hosted some of the world's most distinguished guests and delivers on the brand's promise of creating story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. The renovations to the hotel's 409 guest rooms were designed by Parisian firm Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel is home to the renowned two Michelin-starred restaurant La Palme d'Or, and it hosts many VIP guests and events during the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. The hotel is currently under partial operations with a limited room inventory and facilities. The hotel is expected to fully reopen on May 5, 2018.Hotel du Louvre, Paris, FranceThe culturally and historically rich Hotel du Louvre in Paris sits in the heart of city's cultural district, surrounded by the Musee du Louvre, the Comedie-Francaise, the Palais Garnier, and Palais Royal. Known as one of the oldest hotels in Paris and as a product of Napolean III's regeneration plan for Paris, the 177-room hotel has inspired the likes of Camille Pissarro and Sigmund Freud to create some of their best-known works from inside its walls. The hotel is expected to reopen in the fourth quarter of 2018.These hotels will join the growing global portfolio including the recently opened Holston House Nashville in Nashville, Tenn. and Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, British Columbia. The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia and The Eliza Jane in New Orleans is expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio in March 2018. Currently, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand properties include The Driskill in Austin, Texas, Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, The Confidante Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay.For more information, visit unboundcollection.hyatt.com.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

World of Hyatt Loyalty Program Extends To Home Sharing

Hyatt · 2 March 2018
CHICAGO -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced an industry-leading extension of the World of Hyatt loyalty program to the home sharing space. Effective today, members can now earn and redeem World of Hyatt points with Oasis, a global leader in serviced home rental accommodations that offers more than 2,000 personally vetted homes across more than 20 destinations worldwide.Oasis combines the comfort and authenticity of a home with hotel-like amenities, including in-person check-in, fresh linens, luxury toiletries, WiFi internet and on-demand concierge services. Additionally, Oasis' global operations expands Hyatt's footprint in many markets where Hyatt is currently underrepresented or not yet represented, including Barcelona, Ibiza, Punta del Este (Uruguay), Rome and Trancoso (Brazil)."Sometimes our members' travel needs go beyond a hotel, whether it's because they're traveling with a larger group, have a longer stay in mind, need more space or want to stay in a local neighborhood. But we understand that they also want the peace of mind, personalized service, and loyalty benefits they expect from experiences backed by Hyatt," said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. "As we continue focusing on super-serving our guests across more dimensions of their lives, this Oasis collaboration is an important step in understanding how we can serve our members in new ways and in new places."Oasis home rentals are part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, which was designed to be a collection of unique experiences worth sharing, not just hotels. Offering upper-upscale and luxury properties that have distinctive characteristics, rich history, exclusive locations, famous architecture, design and more, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand now includes hand-picked, quality home rentals with the reassurance that comes from Hyatt."Oasis was built on the idea of bringing high-quality standards, design and service to the world of home rentals, so it's a natural progression to offer World of Hyatt members a new way to travel, without sacrificing the high standards to which they are accustomed," said Parker Stanberry, founder of Oasis. "Hyatt is the industry leader when it comes to offering genuine and trusted travel experiences, so we're thrilled to participate in the World of Hyatt program."Program BenefitsEffective March 1, 2018, members who stay at an Oasis home rental can receive the following World of Hyatt benefits, which are consistent with Hyatt hotel locations worldwide:Earn 5 Base Points per eligible dollar spent on qualifying Oasis nightsEarn tier-qualifying nights for qualifying Oasis nightsEarn Bonus Points on eligible Oasis spend for elite members (10% for Discoverist, 20% for Explorist and 30% for Globalist)Request late check-out for elite members (2 p.m. for Discoverist and Explorist; 4 p.m. for Globalist)Given the differentiated style of offering that Oasis provides, the following are Oasis-specific World of Hyatt benefits:Redeem 15,000 points for a $200 credit toward an Oasis stay (and additional increments of 15,000 points for additional $200 credits)Enjoy a welcome amenity at check-in for elite membersEarn More Bonus Points Right AwayFor stays with a checkout date between March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, World of Hyatt members also have the ability to earn 1,000 Bonus Points per qualifying night on top of Base Points earned for stays at Oasis.The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.About OasisFounded in 2009, Oasis pioneered the "Home Meets Hotel" concept, combining the quality and service of a hotel with the authenticity and comfort of a private home rental. Guests can book handpicked homes with a range of hotel-like amenities, including in person check-in, fresh linens and toiletries, and on-demand concierge services. Beyond the home, Oasis helps guests get the most of out of their stay, with insider tips and can't miss spots in their city guides, as well as exclusive perks that include access to local gyms, private members clubs and more. Oasis offers over 2,000 homes in over 20 destinations globally.

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