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Hyatt's Expected to Expand from 19 Cities to 27 Cities by 2020

Hyatt ·28 March 2019
CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that 2019 will mark record growth for Hyatt in India. Expansion plans foresee the addition of over 2,100 guestrooms through the opening of more than 14 new properties over the next 24 months. Aside from growth in the larger capital cities, the emphasis will be on leisure and cultural destinations, with a focus on emerging cities within India.As a result of an increasingly favorable business climate and heightened tourism spend, encouraged by relaxed visa rules and a growing upper middle class, there is a general demand for growth in the hospitality industry in India. This expansion includes hotels in eight new markets in the country, thereby establishing Hyatt's brand presence across 27 cities in India over the next 24 months."Hyatt is one of the longest-running international hotel management brands in India, the first Hyatt hotels in India opened over 30 years ago," said Dhruva Rathore, vice president development-India, Hyatt. "Our heritage and experience in this complex market, paired with the strong relationships we hold with local developers and owners has helped make India one of the top three growth markets for Hyatt globally."This year's expansion began with the introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand through the opening of Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa. New to the Hyatt portfolio as part of the Two Roads Hospitality acquisition in November 2018, the Alila brand also added two new properties in India, located in Diwa Goa and Fort Bishangarh. Later in the year, Hyatt plans to expand its brand footprint in Kerala with the opening of Hyatt Regency Kochi Malayattoor, a resort property on the banks of the Periyar river, and Hyatt Regency Thrissur, providing travelers with the first premium hotel in Thrissur. Hyatt also plans to add its first resort in The Himalayas with the anticipated opening of Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort in the second half of 2019. Gurgaon will also be in focus in later 2019, with the scheduled opening of Grand Hyatt Gurgaon. These hotels will add over 1,000 guestrooms to Hyatt's existing offering in India and will establish its brand presence in four new markets."For Hyatt, India has a high growth potential and remains a market where we can expand our brand representation. Being focused on intentional growth gives us a unique edge as Hyatt can differentiate by having the right assets in its portfolio," said Sunjae Sharma, vice president operations-India, Hyatt. "We look forward to collaborating with owners who want personal, flexible relationships and to stand out in a slightly overcrowded market. Most importantly, we want to be where our guests are traveling, and our growth strategy is in line with their preferred destinations."PLANNED OPENINGS IN 2019:Hyatt Regency Kochi Malayattoor (Q2 2019)Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort (Q3 2019)Hyatt Regency Thrissur (Q3 2019)Grand Hyatt Gurgaon (Q4 2019)PLANNED OPENINGS IN 2020:Hyatt Place Bangalore Urbana (Q3 2019)Hyatt Regency Jaipur MansarovarHyatt Regency DehradunHyatt Place VadodaraHyatt Regency TrivandrumHyatt Place Jaipur Malviya NagarHyatt Regency UdaipurThe term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.Forward-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. 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 our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, the rate and the pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; levels of spending in business and leisure segments as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the real estate and hospitality businesses; changes in distribution arrangements, such as through internet travel intermediaries; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees, and hospitality venture partners; the possible inability of third-party owners, franchisees, or development partners to access capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risks associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and the introduction of new brand concepts; the timing of acquisitions and dispositions, and our ability to successfully integrate completed acquisitions with existing operations; our ability to successfully execute on our strategy to expand our management and franchising business while at the same time reducing our real estate asset base within targeted timeframes and at expected values; changes in the competitive environment in our industry, including as a result of industry consolidation, and the markets where we operate; our ability to successfully grow the World of Hyatt loyalty program; cyber incidents and information technology failures; and other risks discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any of our forward-looking statements. 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 undertake no 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.

World Of Hyatt Includes More Rewarding Stay Experiences With The Introduction Of Thompson Hotels

Hyatt ·28 March 2019
CHICAGO - Today, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced the introduction of Thompson Hotels as the first former Two Roads Hospitality LLC ("Two Roads") brand to join the World of Hyatt loyalty program on March 28, 2019. This program expansion allows World of Hyatt members more unique stay options to choose from and the ability to earn and redeem points and enjoy in-hotel benefits with the eight participating Thompson Hotels located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. These properties include Gild Hall and The Beekman in New York City; The Cape in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Nashville; Thompson Seattle; Thompson Toronto; and the new Thompson Zihuatanejo on Mexico's Pacific Coast. This program addition quickly follows Hyatt's November 2018 acquisition of Two Roads, a hotel management company with a unique collection of compelling brands, outstanding properties and a significant global development pipeline.Thompson Hotels is the first of several brands being added to World of Hyatt over the coming months, including:Thompson Hotels (for stays starting March 28, 2019)Joie de Vivre Hotels (for stays starting May 15, 2019)Alila Hotels (coming soon)Destination Hotels (coming soon)"We are committed to quickly integrating these distinctive brands into Hyatt's portfolio, allowing our guests to discover more unique destinations and connect to exclusive and rewarding experiences across their travel journeys," said Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Within weeks of Hyatt acquiring Two Roads, we started to share sales leads across this collection of new brands to drive revenue and increase value for owners. We are thrilled to welcome Thompson Hotels as the first to join World of Hyatt, with Joie de Vivre Hotels to quickly follow."The integration of these new brands into Hyatt's portfolio throughout 2019 will provide 60+ hotels in 20+ new markets, including Vail, CO; Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and more. In addition, these four brands will expand Hyatt's resort offerings by 60 percent and include legendary resorts such as Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort in Big Sur, CA; Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia; The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel in Sunriver, OR. Hyatt guests can also take advantage of 40+ new spas, 20+ new golf courses and 10 new ski destinations across these newly added brands in Hyatt's portfolio.About World of HyattWorld of Hyatt is Hyatt's award-winning guest loyalty program uniting Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Andaz, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Ziva , Hyatt Zilara , Thompson Hotels, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Residence Club and Exhale on a global scale. Members who book directly through Hyatt channels can enjoy personalized care and access to distinct benefits including Guest of Honor, confirmed suite upgrades at time of booking, diverse wellbeing offerings, mobile key and exclusive member rates. With more than 16 million members, World of Hyatt offers a variety of ways to earn and redeem points for hotel stays, dining and spa services, wellbeing-focused experiences through the FIND platform, offerings through Hyatt's wellbeing brands Exhale and Miraval; as well as the benefits of Hyatt's strategic loyalty alliances with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and MGM Resorts International. Travelers can enroll for free at world.hyatt.com, download the World of Hyatt app for android and IOS devices and connect with Hyatt on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Hyatt Introduces First Wellbeing Ideation Lab Series

Hyatt ·12 March 2019
CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the launch of Hyatt Wellbeing Ideation Labs, a new series designed to bring together industry experts to explore ways to better enhance the day-to-day wellbeing for guests, colleagues and customers. During the inaugural Wellbeing Ideation Lab, led by Hyatt's Global Head of Wellbeing Mia Kyricos, the group identified new ways to evolve the meeting product for Hyatt's customers, working with top Fortune 500 companies to improve their future meetings."Wellbeing is a priority for many of Hyatt's customers and we understand the importance of integrating wellness into meetings in a way that is meaningful for attendees and facilitates more productive sessions," said Asad Ahmed, senior vice president, global sales - Hyatt Sales Force. "The customer voice is essential in discussions about how attendee health and wellness elevates meetings and ensures that future developments at Hyatt not only meet customer needs, but add value to overall meeting outcomes."During a pilot conducted by Hyatt's innovation team in 2018, a few wellbeing meeting experience concepts were tested. Hyatt uncovered how imperative many different aspects of wellness are within this segment. With key learnings from the pilot and the first Wellbeing Ideation Lab, Hyatt plans to further explore the intersection of wellbeing and meetings to enhance future offerings for customers and attendees alike.Within the first Wellbeing Ideation Lab, various wellbeing touchpoints were infused into the day in order to showcase the many benefits of being "well," which in turn, made the sessions more productive. From offering various breaks throughout the day, to serving high quality, nourishing food and beverage options, and performing brainstorm exercises that incorporated motion and mindfulness, attendees were cared for so they could perform at their best. As a result, the group uncovered a vast whitespace that exists within the overall meeting journey to positively impact the health and wellness of future meetings, which may ultimately increase productivity.Renee Moorfield PhD, MCC, E-RYT at Wisdom Works Group, moderated the group, which consisted of industry leaders including:Jennifer McKeon, Vice President Client Engagement at The Energy ProjectSteven Okuley Director, Customer Engagement & Communication at American AirlinesPamela Ornstein, Manager Meeting Sourcing at DeloitteElisabeth Halfpapp, EVP and Founding Senior Teacher Trainer at ExhaleAmanda Carlson Phillips, MS, RD, CSSD, VP, Strategic Partnerships and Insights at EXOSSimon Marxer, Director of Spa and Wellbeing at Miraval Resorts"We believe wellbeing is the ultimate expression of our purpose - to care for people so they can be their best," said Mia Kyricos, senior vice president, global head of wellbeing at Hyatt. "When it comes to our core meeting customers, we really do see them as an extension of our Hyatt family, and therefore understand it is just as important to place their wellbeing at the heart of our business model as it is for our guests and colleagues."Beyond the meeting space, Hyatt plans to prioritize its efforts to invest in wellness related products, services and initiatives across its portfolio of 19 brands, all guided by what the company calls it's Landmarks of Wellbeing including: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.Through the new Wellbeing Ideation Lab series, Hyatt plans to continue to bring its Landmarks of Wellbeing to life, and will continue to tap into industry experts to explore new guest-centric strategies designed to positively impact how colleagues, guests and customers feel, fuel and function in and outside of hotel stays.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.Forward-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.

Earn Miles In Your Sleep And Points In The Air: American Airlines And Hyatt Announce Enhanced Loyalty Benefits

Hyatt · 5 March 2019
CHICAGO - American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced plans to provide frequent travelers more ways to earn miles, points and status when they fly with American or stay at Hyatt - making the travel journey more rewarding every step of the way. The enhanced loyalty collaboration is expected to launch later this year.Through this relationship, elite members in both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programs will be rewarded with more access to earning both points and miles on qualifying American flights and Hyatt hotel stays.AAdvantageIn addition to World of Hyatt points earned through Hyatt hotel stays, AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members will be able to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt properties.On top of earning more miles, American's invitation-only ConciergeKey members will receive World of Hyatt Globalist status as a new way to extend the care provided throughout the entire travel journey.World of HyattIn addition to AAdvantage miles earned by flying on American, World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist members will be able to earn one World of Hyatt bonus point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying American flights.Unique to this collaboration, AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members, and Explorist and Globalist World of Hyatt members will also have the opportunity to participate in limited time status challenges. Upon registering, these elite members will be able to immediately enjoy their new loyalty benefits in the reciprocal program tier as they work to maintain that elite tier status. AAdvantage elite members will have access to World of Hyatt elite status benefits, including a dedicated check-in area, late check-out upon request, room upgrades and free premium internet. World of Hyatt elite members will have access to AAdvantage elite status benefits such as priority boarding, free checked bags, free preferred seats and more."We are thrilled to further expand our relationship with the world's largest airline to offer our elite members more exclusive and meaningful experiences throughout their travel journey," said Amy Weinberg, Senior Vice President, World of Hyatt. "Through our continued commitment to listening to member feedback, we learned that an ideal airline and hotel relationship would make the travel experience more seamless by providing dual earning and status options. We are excited to introduce an offering that delivers just that, while increasing value for our elite members through more personalized experiences and enhanced recognition.""We value our elites and the time they spend with us in the air. Now we're able to provide them with an elevated travel experience that touches their full journey and gives them more ways to earn miles," said Bridget Blaise-Shamai, President of AAdvantage. "World of Hyatt is a perfect match for AAdvantage with the level of recognition, care and dedication they provide to their elites."Once the program launches, AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elite members will be able to register and enjoy these additional loyalty benefits when staying at a Hyatt property or flying on American.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 American Airlines GroupAmerican Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

Hyatt Continues Growth In Spain With The Introduction Of The Hyatt Regency Brand

Hyatt · 4 March 2019
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into franchise agreements with an affiliate of Hesperia Hotels & Resorts to open Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid and Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira. The hotels mark the entry of the Hyatt Regency brand into Spain and signify Hyatt's continued growth in the country.Both hotels will undergo significant renovations and will be available on Hyatt's booking system as Hyatt affiliated hotels beginning June 2019. The properties, Hesperia Madrid Hotel and Hesperia Barcelona Tower, are scheduled to be fully rebranded by Q4 2019. This will bring the total number of Hyatt branded hotels in Spain to five, joining Park Hyatt Mallorca, Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid and the recently announced Hotel Sofia Barcelona.Focused on seamless, intuitive experiences, Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid will be located on one of Madrid's most iconic avenues, the Paseo de la Castellana. The 170-room hotel will be in close proximity to businesses, banks and embassies along with luxury retail shops and historic sites. Guests will be able to enjoy spacious meeting rooms, a club lounge, and a locally inspired restaurant and bar. With Madrid being one of Spain's most significant commercial centers, Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid will confidently cater to business travelers, providing a full range of services and amenities and facilitating meaningful connections.Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira will be a 280-room hotel located on the Avinguda de la Granvia. In close proximity to the Barcelona-El Prat Airport, guests will benefit from being close to both the financial center and shopping outlets. The hotel features a top-floor bar overlooking Barcelona's skyline. Along with a variety of meeting rooms, the sky bar will offer a unique space for meetings and events offering a personalized, high-touch experience for meeting planners and attendees. Other features include an energized lobby, unique food and beverage facilities and a club lounge."These agreements mark a significant moment for Hyatt, demonstrating the confidence amongst owners and developers in the strength of our brands across Europe," said Felicity Black-Roberts, vice president of development -Europe, Hyatt. "Hyatt has been focused in growing its presence in Spain, and we look forward to working with Hesperia to bring our fourth brand to the country, providing guests with stress-free environments for both their business and leisure trips.""This agreement is in line with Hesperia's efforts, aimed at guaranteeing the best value to each of our portfolio hotels," said Jordi Ferrer, CEO of Hesperia. "We are proud to bring the Hyatt Regency brand to Spain and we are looking forward to working with Hyatt and hopefully extending our collaboration in the future."The Hyatt Regency brand offers a seamless experience that connects leisure and business travelers alike to everything they need under one roof. Guests will enjoy a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences, flexible spaces to work, collaborate or relax, and expansive technology-enabled facilities for meetings and events, along with expert planners who adhere to every detail.For more information about Hyatt Regency hotels, please visit hyattregency.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 Homeinns Enter Into Strategic Joint Venture To Expand Footprint Across China

Hyatt ·26 February 2019
CHICAGO / SHANGHAI, CHINA -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and BTG Hotels (Group) Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 600258) announced today affiliates of Hyatt and Homeinns Hotel Group (affiliated with BTG Hotels which is also named BTG Homeinns Hotels Group) have entered a strategic joint venture to create a new hospitality brand. The brand, to be named later, is aimed at meeting the evolving needs and aspirations of a growing number of young travelers in the upper-midscale segment in China, providing them with a seamless and premium travel experience.In an unprecedented move expected to set a new benchmark for the local hospitality industry, the collective strengths of Hyatt's global experience in premium hospitality and BTG Homeinns' scale as one of China's largest hotel chains, is expected to position both companies to capitalize on China's expanding travel and tourism market. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of The People's Republic of China, domestic tourism revenue saw a 13% increase last year, recording CNY5.05 trillion in revenue. As income levels continue to rise, China's middle class is seeking higher-quality offerings and travel experiences.Under the joint venture, Hyatt and BTG Homeinns will create and launch a new hospitality brand positioned to compete in the currently underserved upper-midscale segment. In a bid to better serve the unique needs of Chinese consumers, the new and entirely homegrown hotel brand will be built specifically to meet Chinese travelers' preferences and growing expectations for a seamless, comfortable and convenient travel experience."There is a definite opportunity for us to make a mark in the growing upper-midscale segment," said David Sun, general manager of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group, chairman & chief executive officer of Homeinns Hotel Group. "The combination of Hyatt's expertise in premium hospitality with our local insight and vast network will ensure our collaboration will create opportunities and benefits for Chinese travelers as well as the overall hospitality industry.""With 70 iconic hotels and a pipeline of more than 100 properties in Greater China, Hyatt is committed to a long-term strategy of purposeful growth in the region, said Stephen Ho, president of Greater China, global operations, Hyatt. "This collaboration is expected to provide Hyatt with deep China insights, build brand awareness and grow loyalty with a new set of travelers.""All of our brands are positioned at the high end of every segment in which they operate, and this joint venture will be no different. Strengthening our representation in the underserved upper-midscale segment will advance our China commitment and is designed to deliver sustainable growth and value to all of our stakeholders. We look forward to bringing our brand of personalized hospitality and culture of care to more Chinese travelers," added Mr. Ho.BTG Homeinns Hotels Group operates one of China's largest and fastest growing economy hotel chain - boasting a presence of about 3,900 hotels in more than 400 cities. In recent years, BTG Homeinns has invested in expanding its portfolio of midscale hotel brands to meet the growing demand amongst Chinese travelers seeking to upgrade their travel experience. It has developed a strong presence of about 600 midscale hotels across China, including its successful brands of Yitel Premium, Homeinnplus and Homeinn Selected."We believe a joint venture relationship, where both parties are invested in the brand and the ultimate outcome, will be the most strategic collaborative model to make an impactful entry into this complex and competitive market. Our goal is to pioneer a unique home-grown local brand with international backing that will serve as an important competitive advantage for both parties - a win-win situation for Homeinns, for Hyatt and for Chinese consumers," added Mr. Sun.The joint venture is expected to unveil hotels under the new brand across gateway cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other cities in China in the next five years. The new brand will be managed independently by a team of highly experienced hospitality experts.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 BTG Homeinns Hotels GroupBTG Homeinns Hotels Group, with an official name of BTG Hotels (Group) Co., Ltd on the stock exchange market, is a well-known hotel group in China which is committed to leading the public travel accommodation through professional and passionate work to satisfy the diverse personal needs of guests. BTG Homeinns Hotels Group consists of nearly 20 brand series and nearly 40 products with accommodation as its core. As of the end of Sept. 2018, BTG Homeinns Hotels (Group) Co., Ltd. operates about 3,900 hotels in more than 400 cities across the country, covering full range of hotel businesses, including Upscale Business Chain Hotels, Midscale & Upper Midscale Chain Hotels, Economy Chain Hotels, Hotels & Resorts, Long-stay Apartments and Hotel Alliance.About Homeinns Hotel GroupHomeinns Hotel Group operates one of the China's largest and fastest growing economy hotel chains. It was a formerly NASDAQ listed company and now is a subsidiary of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group. It is developed from a company of merely 22 hotels to a hotel giant with more than 3,000 hotels. In April 2016, Homeinns Hotel Group merged with BTG Hotels Group and became a subsidiary of newly founded BTG Homeinns Hotels Group.Forward-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 companies' strategic joint venture relationship, branding initiatives, growth 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, general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the rate and the pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; levels of spending in business and leisure segments as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate ("ADR"); limited visibility with respect to future bookings; loss of key personnel; hostilities, or fear of hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, that affect travel; travel-related accidents; natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, oil spills, nuclear incidents, and global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases or fear of such outbreaks; our ability to successfully achieve certain levels of operating profits at hotels that have performance tests or guarantees in favor of our third-party owners; the impact of hotel renovations and redevelopments; risks associated with our capital allocation plans and common stock repurchase program and other forms of shareholder capital return, including the risk that our common stock repurchase program could increase volatility and fail to enhance shareholder value; our intention to pay a quarterly cash dividend and the amounts thereof, if any; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the real estate and hospitality businesses; changes in distribution arrangements, such as through internet travel intermediaries; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; relationships with colleagues and labor unions and changes in labor laws; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees, and hospitality venture partners; the possible inability of third-party owners, franchisees, or development partners to access capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risks associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and the introduction of new brand concepts; the timing of acquisitions and dispositions, and our ability to successfully integrate completed acquisitions with existing operations; failure to successfully complete proposed transactions (including the failure to satisfy closing conditions or obtain required approvals); our ability to successfully execute on our strategy to expand our management and franchising business while at the same time reducing our real estate asset base within targeted timeframes and at expected values; declines in the value of our real estate assets; unforeseen terminations of our management or franchise agreements; changes in federal, state, local, or foreign tax law; the impact of changes in the tax code as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and uncertainty as to how some of those changes may be applied; increases in interest rates and operating costs; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; lack of acceptance of new brands or innovation; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access such markets; changes in the competitive environment in our industry, including as a result of industry consolidation, and the markets where we operate; Hyatt's ability to successfully grow the World of Hyatt loyalty program; cyber incidents and information technology failures; outcomes of legal or administrative proceedings; and violations of regulations or laws related to our franchising business; and other risks discussed in Hyatt's filings with the SEC, including Hyatt's annual report on Form 10-K, 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 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. 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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.

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