SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

November 14, 2012 12:32 ET

Charge Up! Eat Up! Green Up! at Gaithersburg Marriott

Maryland Hotel Offers Free Electric Vehicle Charging & Complimentary Breakfast

GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center has an energizing offer for guests who arrive in eco-friendly electric and hybrid electric vehicles to celebrate the installation of its new electric vehicle charging station.

Gaithersburg Marriott's Charge Up! Eat Up! Green Up! package highlights its commitment to energy-efficient practices that protect the environment. Available through May 31, 2013, guests who reserve this Gaithersburg, MD hotel special package can fuel up with a complimentary breakfast while they charge up their electric vehicles at the new Level 2 charging station recently installed near the hotel's front entrance.

"Protecting the environment is important at every level. At Gaithersburg Marriott, we have taken steps to improve the environmental impact of our operations. We also want to empower our environmentally conscious guests by offering complimentary charging on-site," says Sara Moore, general manager, Gaithersburg Marriott. This Gaithersburg, MD hotel is a recipient of the Maryland Green Travel Partner award.

Nissan North America, Inc. donated the charger to Gaithersburg Marriott to promote the adoption of energy-efficient electric vehicles, says Steve Oldham, spokesman, Nissan. He estimates electric vehicles will represent 10 percent of global auto sales by 2020.

Gaithersburg Marriott's charging station is one of approximately 8,000 charging locations in the United States, a rapidly growing number that is expected to hit 11,000 by the end of 2012. Complimentary charging is available to all guests of the hotel and restaurant. The Charge Up! Eat Up! Green Up! package is $99 to $109 per night plus tax based on availability for Friday and Saturday stays through May 31, 2013. This Gaithersburg hotel package includes guest room and complimentary breakfast buffet for up to two people (a $32 value) per electric vehicle.

Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, one of more than 500 Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide, is located at 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard in the Gaithersburg, MD lakeside shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Rio Washingtonian Center and convenient to DC attractions. For reservations, call 301-590-0044 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/waswg-gaithersburg-marriott-washingtonian-center/.

About Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

Building on more than 30 years of energy conservation experience, Marriott is committed to protecting the environment. The company's Spirit To Preserve® environmental strategy calls for: greening our multi-billion supply chain; further reducing energy and water consumption by 25 percent per available room by 2017; expanding our portfolio of green hotels and buildings and green hotel development tenfold over the next four years; educating and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment; and investing in innovative, large-scale conservation projects worldwide.

For more information about our global sustainability efforts visit www.marriott.com/environment.

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