Fairmont And Lexus Power Up New Marketing Alliance

July 24, 2008

July 24, 2008 - Toronto - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Lexus, two global brands synonymous with luxury and style, today announced a formal partnership that will provide Fairmont President's Club members with an even greater level of personalized service during their stay. The principal and most visible component of the new marketing alliance will be the use of Lexus hybrid vehicles as hotel courtesy cars at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in the United States.

A thoughtful benefit reserved exclusively for members of Fairmont's guest loyalty program, the new fleet of Lexus hybrid vehicles, which provide greater fuel mileage with lower smog-forming emissions, will be available to conveniently transport guests around the destination while making less of an impact on the environment.

Lexus is the only luxury automaker with hybrid vehicles in its line-up and Fairmont guests will be able to travel in the style and comfort of a RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle or the GS 450h, a luxury performance sedan. Both vehicles demonstrate how eco-savvy customers can enjoy making less of an impact on the earth without sacrificing luxury.

"Like Fairmont, Lexus is a flagship brand that has carved out an enviable niche within its industry, and continues to lead with a distinctive product, innovative thinking and an unyielding commitment to service excellence," said Brian Richardson, Vice President, Brand Marketing for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. "The new partnership with Lexus, a like-minded brand that shares our passion and commitment to environmental sustainability, enables us to extend the luxury experience outside of the hotel and provides our guests with a dynamic new amenity and enhanced level of personal service."

"It's clear that luxury customers want to take care of the environment, both at home and when they travel," said Lexus Vice President of Marketing, Dave Nordstrom. "This partnership with Fairmont allows Lexus to showcase how our hybrids strive to seamlessly blend style, comfort and luxury with sustainability."

As part of the new relationship, both companies will also work closely on a number of exciting co-branded marketing opportunities and will extend special benefits and privileges to their respective network of frequent guests and loyal customers. A primary example is the co-branded Lexus Hybrid Living Suites, high-end accommodations geared for eco-conscious visitors which were launched earlier this spring at The Fairmont San Francisco and The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Targeting the responsible traveler, the new signature suites have been designed to be environmentally sustainable and incorporate elements such as local and organic materials and renewable resources such as bamboo. The suites also feature efficient technology such as compact fluorescent lighting, sustainable cuisine, eco-friendly paints and recycled products, not to mention complimentary use of a Lexus LS 600h L, the flagship sedan of Lexus' hybrid fleet.

Other initiatives to be explored by the brands range from exclusive travel offers for Lexus owners to dealer events and shows hosted at Fairmont properties. For additional information and a full list of program benefits, Lexus owners are invited to visit www.lexus.com/owners.

Fairmont President's Club is the hotel company's premier guest recognition program, providing frequent guests with certain benefits and privileges during their stay. Membership is complimentary and guests can enroll online at www.fairmont.com, by calling 1-800-663-7575 or at any Fairmont location worldwide.

About Lexus
Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989. By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service, Lexus has remained the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States for eight years in a row. Lexus and its 223 dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they sell and the customer service they provide.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an extraordinary collection of luxury hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like Fairmont Singapore, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland and New York's The Plaza. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travellers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont's portfolio includes 56 distinctive hotels, with plans to develop over 20 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and Anguilla.

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 90 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and SwissĂ´tel brands. The company also owns 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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