Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, a Top Caribbean Luxury Resort, Earns "Silver Certification" from Green Globe for Ecologically Sound Practices

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Singular distinction & EMBRACE initiative puts Aruba accommodations on leading edge of hottest travel trends: environmental sustainability and voluntourism.

are proud to be setting an example for others on island to follow.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is proud to announce it is officially the first "Green Globe Certified" High Rise resort on Palm Beach. The Caribbean luxury resort sits on 12 beachfront acres on the northwest coast of Aruba received the prestigious Silver Status under the Green Globe Earthcheck Certification program, the premier international certification alliance for sustainable travel and tourism. Following the ongoing success of the Caribbean luxury resort's EMBRACE Project to inspire staff and guests of the Aruba accommodations to revitalize cherished local landmarks, the certification recognizes the resort's dedication to operating at the world's highest environmental standards.

"Silver certification has generated excitement and pride for resort associates while elevating our standing in the community of Aruba, and we couldn't be more thrilled," said Susan Santiago, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Aruba. "All of the associates at our Caribbean luxury resort, driven by our "Green Team" are proud to be setting an example for others on island to follow."

Undertaking this highest level of Green Globe programs is no easy process, requiring an extensive audit encompassing interviews and reviews of policies and operations. Green Globe representatives, met with numerous associates, pursued onsite inspections and reviewed a range of environmental indicators using their Earthcheck™ tool, including the resort's energy consumption, its sustainability policy - even its parrot population.

The Caribbean luxury resort's volunteer EMBRACE Project (Employees Maintaining, Beautifying, Revitalizing Authentic Cultural Elements) saw the cleanup of two cherished local landmarks - the Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins and the Balashi Gold Mine Ruins - during 2009.

Rooms at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino start at $280, based on double occupancy. Call 1-800-55-HYATT or visit http://www.aruba.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
Located on 12 acres of magnificent beachfront property on Aruba's world-renowned Palm Beach, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is a year-round resort with a reputation for refined hospitality. Its 360 sumptuous guestrooms and suites offer garden or ocean views with deluxe amenities. Recreational facilities are abundant and include a 3-level pool complex, a spa with fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, a private beach, Aruba's first championship golf course, Camp Hyatt for kids and the Casino Copa Cabana. On-site dining includes Ruinas del Mar restaurant, Café Piccolo, Café Japengo and the Palms Bar & Grill. Nine meeting rooms and extensive outdoor areas are ideal for catered special events. The resort is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Queen Beatrix International Airport.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz® Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of December 31, 2009, the company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 424 properties. For more information, please visit http://www.hyatt.com.

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