“When one of the community’s most successful and widely recognized hotels commits its resources and attention to improving environmental efforts, we all take notice. Certainly, their environmental achievements for recycling and waste reduction have set the bar for other businesses to follow” Credit: Embassy Suites.

The Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa is the recipient of the 2011 Cabarrus Sustainability Award for environmental achievements. Sponsored by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation, the awards program recognizes Cabarrus County's sustainability leaders that solve operational challenges by using innovative and environmentally sustainable practices. The Eco Carolinas Certified "champion" hotel is operated by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.

The Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord was selected for the award in the waste reduction and recycling category among public and private businesses. Criteria for the Cabarrus Sustainability Award included innovation, sustainability, partnerships, superior environmental practices, measurable environmental benefits and commitment/leadership in pursuit of sustainability.

"Being an exceptional community partner that makes a difference is a fundamental pillar of the John Q. Hammons legacy of excellence," said Terry Crawford, general manager, Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa. "We appreciate being recognized with this prestigious sustainability award. We applaud our staff and guests for their ongoing efforts to be good environmental citizens with even small changes in everyday actions for continued green improvements."

To receive the Cabarrus Sustainability Award, the Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord demonstrated success across multiple categories. Award-winning outcomes originated from initiatives ranging from lighting fixture replacement that resulted in nearly 90 percent reduction in fixture energy consumption to responsible recycling of printer cartridges throughout the facility.

Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson, Cabarrus Sustainability Council Chair for 2011, noted that the Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord is setting a positive example for others to seek. "When one of the community's most successful and widely recognized hotels commits its resources and attention to improving environmental efforts, we all take notice. Certainly, their environmental achievements for recycling and waste reduction have set the bar for other businesses to follow," Vanderburg-Johnson said.

Recently, the Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa received the prestigious Eco Carolinas Certification for recycling and waste reduction for the third consecutive year. Neil Swiacki, president of Environmental Carolinas, which awards the Eco Carolinas Certification, indicated that the hotel's environmental practices reflect their overall business approach.

"The success of the Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord's environmental efforts is directly related to the commitment of the organization. Continuously improving its environmental efforts while focusing on operating a world-class resort speaks volumes about the innovative and responsible culture hotel management has created for their employees and guests," Swiacki said.

Contact:
Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa
Alan Benson, 704-455-8200
alan.benson@jqh.com
or
Publicis PR for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Sheri D. Smith, 469-366-2493
sheri.smith@publicis-usa.com

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Embassy Suites Hotels; Hampton Inn & Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Marriott; Plaza Hotels Collection; Radisson; Renaissance; Residence Inn by Marriott; and Sheraton. With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts' properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, visit the company's website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.

Editor's Note: Photos of Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa are available on request.

About Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa
The 308-suite golf resort, spa and adjoining 80,000-gross-square-foot conference center overlook the area's premier municipal course at Rocky River Golf Club, also managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, and are located minutes from the popular Concord Mills Mall and Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to beautifully decorated suites with the new Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection and amenities to make guests feel at home, guests and local residents can enjoy the upscale, casual fare at Rocky River Grille lounge and restaurant. Caffeina's Internet Café, located in the open garden atrium of the hotel, is a great place to relax and enjoy a coffee. With a variety of full-service spa treatments, the hotel's Spa Botanica pampers guests and Charlotte - Concord residents. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager's Reception with complimentary beverages. Other features include a fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck. To make a reservation, please call (704) 455-8200 or go towww.embassysuitesconcord.com. The Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord also can be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus CLT540, Sabre 28002, Apollo 30973 and Worldspan 5599.

About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 235 hotels with 50 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information, visit embassysuites.com or news.embassysuites.com. Connect online with Embassy Suites by Hilton at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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