Hotel awards US $ 5,000 grant to Baan Wang Pla School for its positive community impact

Hua Hin (December 2, 2014) – As a part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt colleagues to guide charitable giving, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI announced today that it has awarded Baan Wang Pla School with a significant grant to further the organization’s efforts in developing educational standards for the students in order that they can receive the same level of learning opportunity as other more privileged schools.

The Hyatt Community Grants program, which is now in its seventh year, encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those that live and work there.  All participating nonprofits must have a significant local presence and must support one of Hyatt’s four focus areas – Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness.

“We are honored to support Baan Wang Pla School and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Mr. Sammy Carolus, general manager, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI. “It is so important for us to be active participants in our area, and this program gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city. Hyatt regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI started the relationship with Baan Wang School on the hotel’s 10th anniversary in 2011. From then on we provide constant support by arranging monthly activities and helping to raise funds for the school development through a project called the Bags of Care project. Students were invited to stay in the hotel and join activities with guests and associates on several occasions e.g. the Christmas Lighting ceremony and annual Hyatt Open golf tournament”.

“Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI nominated our organization to be the recipient of this generous donation,” said Khun Attarit Salee, head teacher, Baan Wang Pla School. “We know this grant will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals of enhancing the school’s solar-powered electricity system. With more capacity, the school will be able to set up more computer sets which are crucial to the children’s education”.

Celebrating A Milestone

Funding for the Hyatt Community Grants program is provided through Hyatt. Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & THE BARAI will be among 31 Hyatt hotels around the world that will award grants to nonprofits in their local communities in 2014. This year, the grant program is celebrating a significant milestone as it’s reaching two million dollars in grant funding since its inception in 2008 to nonprofit organizations in 123 communities and 38 countries around the world.

“It’s inspiring to see how far we’ve come and how the program has evolved over the years. Year after year, we are impressed by the growing partnerships that our hotels have developed with their local nonprofit organizations. To know that we’ve helped so many organizations that are committed to the success and prosperity of our communities is motivating,” said Brigitta Witt, global head of corporate responsibility for Hyatt. “I am thrilled that we have reached such a significant milestone of giving more than two million dollars throughout the last seven years of our grant program, and I look forward to continuing this positive momentum in the future to help many more of these well-deserving nonprofit organizations.”

Making a Difference on #GivingTuesday

Hyatt is one of the newest companies to join the #GivingTuesday social movement, a global day dedicated to giving back around the world. On December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose – to celebrate generosity and to give back. Hyatt has joined the social giving movement by announcing the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program on #GivingTuesday and by encouraging all of its hotel colleagues around the world to join the conversation and engage in giving back throughout the entire holiday season.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Community Grants

Hyatt Community Grants is a key component of Hyatt Thrive, the company’s global corporate responsibility program. Hyatt Thrive is designed to help make the communities in which Hyatt operates places that associates are proud to work, guests want to visit, neighbors want to live and hotel owners want to invest. Hyatt Thrive harnesses the power of more than 95,000 Hyatt associates at over 570 properties around the world, to focus on positive local efforts that create a significant global impact. For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms. This effort builds on the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

For more information on Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.HyattCommunityGrants.com

ABOUT HYATT REGENCY HUA HIN & THE BARAI

Set in lush landscaped gardens, the beachfront Hyatt Regency Hua Hin has 213 elegantly appointed guestrooms.  The resort offers a family-friendly environment that features the largest recreational facilities in Hua Hin, including the fun and apparently never-ending inter-connecting free-form swimming pools, which include a 22-metre long and seven-metre high water slide, and a unique beach pool.  Four restaurants and bars provide home-style traditional Thai and Italian cuisine, as well as fresh seafood specialties and tasty Asian noodles.  In addition to the resort, THE BARAI – an award-winning residential spa – is located on the beachfront land adjacent to the resort, providing eight exclusive residential spa suites and 18 exotic treatment rooms.

Contact:

Maria Sitanggang

Director of Sales & Marketing

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Bangkok Office

Phone: +66 2254 1234 Ext: 4383

E-mail:  maria.sitanggang@hyatt.com