Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle Wins Prestigious ‘Community Service - Stars of the Industry Award’ from the Washington Lodging Association

Published Date : 06 Oct 2011

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle Wins Prestigious ‘Community Service - Stars of the Industry Award’ from the Washington Lodging Association

PanEarth program selected from a record number of entries for the 13th annual award

(Seattle, WA – October 6, 2011) – This week the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, a 160-room property, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union district, was awarded the Community Service Award at the 13th annual Stars of the Industry Award Ceremony for its innovative PanEarth program.

(Seattle, WA – October 6, 2011) – This week the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, a 160-room property, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union district, was awarded the Community Service Award at the 13th annual Stars of the Industry Award Ceremony for its innovative PanEarth program.

PanEarth is the Global Responsibility program for Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, which includes a focus on both environmental and social aspects of sustainability, honoring all levels of the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.
 
“This award means a lot to our team,” said David Sullivan, general manager for Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. “Developing innovative sustainability initiatives is a priority for our hotel and it feels great to have our efforts recognized.”

Pan Pacific was awarded this prestigious title out of 106 hotel nominees at the WLA’s Annual Convention and Trade Show this week at the Tulalip Resort Casino and Spa.The Community Service Award is given to one full service property and one limited service property in recognition of programs that provide outstanding and extraordinary service, demonstrating that the individual property or chain is a leader in their community. The recipients of the 2011 Stars of the Industry award will also be entered in the national American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Stars Program. 

Under the leadership of Molly Phillips, manager of global responsibility for the hotel, the PanEarth program came into full swing in March 2010. “The PanEarth program has grown vastly over the past year and has had an impact on both a local and global scale,” said Phillips. “With this much progress, we are all very excited to watch the program grow.”

The PanEarth program has yielded impressive results thus far.  Highlights from January to June alone this year include 3,640 pounds of food collected for the Lifelong Aids Alliance through the ‘Care to Shop’ program that benefits community members faced with the challenge of AIDS and other illnesses in the Seattle area and more than 200 volunteer hours contributed by Pan Pacific associates to such organizations as Food Lifeline, Seattle YWCA, Pike Place Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, Nick of Time, Earth Day Spring Clean and many others.

Additionally, more than 600 pounds of bathroom amenities have been donated to the local YWCA shelter and 1,400 pounds of soap were donated to the national organization Clean the World, resulting in more than 8,000 bars of soap distributed to children and families worldwide.

Corporate meetings and travel contracts continue to increase as the PanEarth program gains credibility and recognition in the community.  Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle conducted a 2011 survey which revealed that globally responsible practices make a significant difference to their top corporate clients when choosing a hotel for business travel or professional meetings.  By introducing unique options such as environmental footprinting for meetings and offsetting energy and carbon use, the hotel anticipates even greater levels of new business and client satisfaction in the coming year.

In creating a solid, on-going network of charity partners, the hotel has become mutually engaged with local, national and global communities and organizations. Existing and evolving as a committed corporate citizen is an integral part of the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s culture.

The Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is the trade and professional association for Washington State’s lodging industry. Founded in 1920, WLA serves 500 lodging members representing 40,000 rooms from across the state, as well as more than 125 allied members who serve the lodging industry.

About PanEarth
A proud member of the Seattle Climate Partnership and the Seattle 2030 District, Pan Pacific’s PanEarth program is a global responsibility program that minimizes the hotel’s environmental impact and enhances guest and associate health.  The purpose of PanEarth is to honor all levels of socially responsible citizenship by honoring all levels of the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. The PanEarth program includes a focus on both environmental and social aspects of sustainability.  For more information, please visit the PanEarth Program webpage.

About Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle features 160 superbly appointed guest rooms with 19 suites with views of the city, Lake Union and the Space Needle. With complimentary wireless and Ultra-High Speed Internet, HDTV, Satellite radio and accommodating work spaces, Pan Pacific offers a full suite of technology tools and sustainability offerings for business and leisure travelers.

A two time recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor's Travel Choice award for 'Top 25 Luxury Hotels' in the United States, Pan Pacific Seattle  is part of the exclusive 2200 Westlake Plaza, featuring Vida Spa, Chef John Howie's Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, Whole Foods Market®, Starbucks Coffee and many more retail outlets. The hotel is within walking distance of Seattle’s Central Business District, Amazon’s new headquarters, Nordstrom’s flagship retail store, Pike Place Market, upscale boutiques at Pacific Place Shopping Center and is conveniently connected to Westlake Center and scenic South Lake Union by the Seattle streetcar.

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.panpacific.com/en/Seattle/Overview.html or call 877-324-4856.

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Nyhus Communications
206-412-2644
angi.ramos@nyhus.com

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