SOURCE: The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & The Fairmont Waterfront

The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver & The Fairmont Waterfront

September 27, 2011 12:00 ET

Fairmont Leads the Charge With GE Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Victoria & Vancouver Green Hotels Offers Eco-Friendly Drivers Access to Chargers and Special Incentives

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - Three of Fairmont's Victoria and Vancouver eco-friendly hotels have announced the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, in partnership with GE Energy Industrial Solutions.

Two GE DuraStation™ EV charging stations have been installed at The Fairmont Waterfront, while The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and The Fairmont Empress each have one station. The DuraStation's design offers Level II charging, which reduces charging time from 12-18 hours to 4-8 hours, depending on the size of the vehicle's battery. The hotels will make the charging stations available to guests and other travellers.

"Sustainable travel is important in order to minimize our industry's impact on the planet. This is what Fairmont's Green Partnership Program is all about -- and we're proud to add to the city's electric vehicle infrastructure," said Sharon Owen, energy manager for The Fairmont Waterfront.

Fairmont Rewards Guests for "Driving Green"
The Victoria and Vancouver green hotels involved in the project have also created a program that provides guests who drive electric or hybrid vehicles with complimentary valet parking (a value of over $40/night). Local diners will also be given complimentary valet parking for their hybrid or electric car when they enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurants (dinner only, minimum purchase of $100).

Fairmont's Green Partnership Program and Climate Savers
Fairmont's Green Partnership Program, the company's award-winning environmental initiative, is focused on minimizing the impact of hotel operations on the environment. Fairmont was the first luxury hotel group to address climate change by pledging to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. For information on Fairmont's Green Partnership program and its Victoria and Vancouver eco-friendly hotels, visit http://www.fairmont.com/waterfront/vanity/Greeninitiatives.htm or www.fairmont.com/environment.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivalled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves. Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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