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ROCKRESORTS EXPANDS GIVE & GETAWAY PROGRAM TO ALL RESORT LOCATIONS
Voluntourism Package Offers Guests the Chance to Appreciate and Preserve Local Resort Environments While Getting Special Perks and Discounted Rates
Broomfield, Colo. May 14, 2009 Looking for a way to give AND get? RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today that after two successful years of Colorado voluntourism opportunities for guests, the company has expanded its Give & Getaway package. This rewarding travel option is now offered across the company's nine resorts and throughout Keystone and Breckenridge Hospitality and in Grand Teton National Park. Guests can now preserve surrounding resort environments from farms in St. Lucia to the mountains of Jackson Hole.
Unique projects offered as part of the Give & Getaway package are centered around contributions to the surrounding community and based in natural resource conservation and preservation. Give & Getaway opportunities include recreational trail restoration, working with sustainable local farmers, forest health and supporting local stream and river ecosystems. Full day, half-day and multi-day projects are available. Guests have the option to choose their accommodations from family style to high-end lodging. Participants are not required to pay for these volunteer experiences, and instead receive a discounted lodging rate and value-added amenities. Full details of each volunteer opportunity can be found on www.giveandgetaway.com.
"The Give & Getaway package has been a successful initiative to promote conservation of the spectacular environments of our Colorado resorts and help our guests find even more value in their vacations," said Paul Toner, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality. "It is just one valuable extension of our company's commitment to the environment and philosophy to preserve it in a rewarding and interactive way. We know that especially in today's economy, guests want to feel good about the vacations they take, and this program guarantees an exceptional hotel experience with a unique opportunity to positively impact the environment. This way they can make a contribution that they can enjoy on a return visit to the destination."
Through a special fundraising partnership with the National Forest Foundation, Vail Resorts and RockResorts have raised more than $1.2 million including matching funds thus far to non-profit organizations for area conservation efforts in the White River National Forest in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe Basin in California and Nevada. Vail Resorts continues to offer guests at its five mountain resorts the opportunity to participate in this special fundraising effort by contributing $1 on season ski passes, $1 on online lift ticket transactions, and $1 per room night at its Colorado-based lodging properties. Similar fundraising efforts across the RockResorts brand support other local non-profit organizations.
Each dollar raised is matched with 50 cents by the National Forest Foundation. For more information on Vail Resortsâ€™ partnership with the National Forest Foundation, visit the Press Room at www.rockresorts.com.
RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality Give & Getaway package is available on the following dates:
The Arrabelle at Vail Square: July 11, August 15, September 12
The Lodge at Vail: July 11, August 15, September 12
The Pines Lodge: August 15
Hotel Jerome: May 30
Snake River Lodge & Spa: May 31 June 6; September 20-26
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa: May 26
The Osprey at Beaver Creek: August 15
The Pines Lodge: August 15
The Landings St Lucia: Ongoing beginning May 1
Keystone Hospitality: May 16, June 6, August 15
Nightly rates, starting at $99 per person, per night, vary by resort and are based on double occupancy for a two-night stay (the night before and the night of the project). Several resorts are extending the rate both before and after the projects as a courtesy to guests. Guests ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Give & Getaway package must be booked at least one week prior to the project date. Give & Getaway lodging rates are available to all who participate in the designated volunteer projects. Other restrictions may apply.
For more information on each individual Give & Getaway experience, or to book the package, visit www.giveandgetaway.com or call 888-FOR-ROCK (367-7625). B-roll is available upon request.
RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resort hotels that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas’, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.; Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and The Landings St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Future RockResorts include: Tempo Miami in Miami, Fla. (scheduled to open in 2010); Balcones Del AtlÃ¡ntico, Dominican Republic (scheduled to open in 2010); One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo. (scheduled to open in 2010); The Mansfield Inn at Stowe in Stowe, Vt. (scheduled to open in winter 2011/2012); Rum Cay Resort Marina, The Bahamas (scheduled to open in 2012); and the Third Turtle Club & Spa, Turks and Caicos (scheduled to open in 2013).