SOURCE: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

June 13, 2006 09:58 ET

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Conducts Eighth Annual Drive for Life

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- Reflecting its commitment to community outreach and volunteer efforts, Hyatt's 124 properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean will sponsor its eighth annual blood drive, Drive for Life, between June 19th and July 14th.

"Giving back to the communities in which we live in and operate is a Hyatt legacy," said Chuck Floyd, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Hyatt Hotels Corp. "Drive for Life is a local city effort of which we are extremely proud."

Hyatt properties work with local blood banks to collect blood from employees and guests. The donated blood is distributed among various organizations, including the military, blood centers, and more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Last year, Hyatt properties collected over 5,000 pints of blood from its participants. Drive for Life is an important facet of Hyatt's F.O.R.C.E. initiative; Hyatt's Family of Responsible and Caring Employees, which gives its employees an opportunity to participate in volunteer programs on paid company time. Since this initiative was launched in 1990, Hyatt employees have volunteered more than 900,000 hours to over 350 community organizations across the United States.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

There are 215 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 43 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt® and Park Hyatt® brands. Currently, there are an additional 38 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 13 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operators of the Hyatt Vacation Club (timeshare and fractional residential product), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), Select Hotel Group L.L.C. (which owns, operates and franchises AmeriSuites hotels, Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suites hotels) and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, and Microtel Inns and Suites).

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