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Hyatt Helps to Make Wishes Come True With Make-A-Wish Foundation Worldwide

CHICAGO, IL­ May 3, 2006—Chicago­ based Global Hyatt Corporation announced today a worldwide partnership with the Make-­A­-Wish Foundation, a global organization that grants the wishes of children with life ­threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

    Continuing Hyatt’s longstanding commitment to making a difference and supporting the community, each Hyatt property will be empowered to generate in­kind or cash resources to support the cost of a wish. The hotel will coordinate with its local Make­A­Wish® office to develop strategies to grant one wish over the course of a year.

    “It is Hyatt’s history and spirit of community service that will allow this new partnership with the Make-­A­-Wish Foundation to make a difference in the lives of so many children around the world,” said Douglas G. Geoga, president, Global Hyatt Corporation. “This will no doubt be a rewarding and ultimately life­changing partnership not only for Hyatt associates but also for the communities in which we do business.”

    To demonstrate the level of dedication by Hyatt, the company will:

  • Make a cash donation to headquarters offices of Make­-A-­Wish Foundation of America and Make­A­Wish International.
  • Support the Foundation’s wish business travel by extending Hyatt’s employee room rate for hotels in both U.S. and overseas.
  • Provide the Make­-A­-Wish Foundation with a 25% discount in food and beverage costs when booking catering for office meetings, conferences or special Foundation events at a Hyatt property.

    In addition, Hyatt will coordinate a marketing initiative, encouraging members of Hyatt’s frequent guest program Gold Passport to donate their Hyatt points to the Make-­A-­Wish Foundation.

“We’re delighted to have Hyatt and its associates join us in bringing joy to the courageous children who are facing life­threatening medical conditions,” said David Williams, Make­A­Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “Hyatt’s philosophy of community involvement matches our belief in using grassroots outreach to create a widespread, lasting impact on everyone who shares in a wish.”

About Global Hyatt

There are 216 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 44 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands. Currently, there are an additional 30 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 11 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago­based 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). From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800­-233­1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com

About the Make­A­Wish Foundation

The Make-­A­-Wish Foundationgrants the wishes of children with life­threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980, when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish­granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters in the U.S. and its territories and 27 international affiliates serving more than 30 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 36,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-­A­-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 150,000 children around the world since inception. For more information about the Make-­A-­Wish Foundation of America, visit www.wish.org and for more information about Make­-A­-Wish International, visit www.worldwish.org.

For further information:

Katie Meyer
Global Hyatt Corporation
312-780-5711
kmeyer@corphq.hyatt.com

Brent Goodrich
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
602-279-9474
bgoodrich@wish.org


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