PORTOLA HOTEL & SPA AWARDED TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADERS STATUS

Monterey, CA – April 25, 2013 Portola Hotel & Spa proudly announces its acceptance to TripAdvisors® new GreenLeaders™ program. The program is designed to help travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the United States. Portola Hotel & Spa is the only property in Monterey to achieve Gold Level status and the only property in Monterey accepted into the program.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from industry expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

“We are honored that TripAdvisor has named us a Gold level GreenLeader,” said Janine Chicourrat, General Manager. “Portola Hotel & Spa is where both comfort and eco-friendly standards coincide, and our mission is to not only use eco-friendly materials, but also promote a ‘green’ lifestyle among our staff, guests and the community.” Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

For more information, please visit tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.


ABOUT PORTOLA HOTEL & SPA

Portola Hotel & Spa is Monterey's first and only Silver LEED® EB certified hotel and recently earned a AAA Four Diamond Rating. The full-service hotel offers guests a rich, historical ambiance, with residential style and a dedicated staff to ensure an unparalleled guest experience. The hotel features 379 nautically inspired guest rooms and suites, craft brewery and more.

ABOUT TRIPADVISOR

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MEDIA CONTACT

Portola Hotel & Spa
Janine M. Chicourrat, Managing Director
jchicourrat@portolahotel.com
(831) 649-7890