24/03/2008Ritz-Carlton Launches “Give Back Getaways”

Beginning April 1, 2008, guests at Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts around the world can volunteer their time to improve and assist the local community where they are vacationing. The program, called “Give Back Getaways,” offers guests a variety of opportunities from helping to protect endangered sea turtles in Cancun, Mexico to helping with renovations and landscaping at the Children-Hospice Sonnenhof, which offers support for children with critical illnesses in Berlin. “Give Back Getaways” is the most recent opportunity to volunteer under Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program. At The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, guests will join a biologist from the Cancun Department of Ecology for rewarding hands-on experience protecting mother turtles during nesting and helping them return safely to the sea. Guests will head out at night to search for nesting turtles, gather sea turtle eggs and bring them to a safer location at turtle camps where they can be buried without interfering with their natural cycle. Employees at the resort have been involved in this project for over a decade and are very proud that the program has been expanded to include guests in this critical mission.

Beginning April 1, 2008, guests will be able to check availability of the programs in advance of their stay by accessing the “Give Back Getaways” page on www.ritzcarlton.com and www.givebackgetaways.com. Call 800-241-3333