Hyatt
Overview
 
Hyatt Hotels Corporation , is an international operator of hotel
Hotel
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite bathrooms...

s.

Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center is an office tower in Chicago completed in 2005. The 48 story skyscraper stands at 679 feet on 71 South Wacker Drive. It is owned by the Irvine Company....

 (completed in 2005 & located in downtown Chicago at 71 South Wacker Drive) is the headquarters for Hyatt corporation. Prior to this, the corporate headquarters was around the corner at 200 West Madison Street.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation was born upon purchase of the Hyatt House, at Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. It is most often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX, with the letters pronounced individually...

 on September 27, 1957.
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation , is an international operator of hotel
Hotel
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite bathrooms...

s.

Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center is an office tower in Chicago completed in 2005. The 48 story skyscraper stands at 679 feet on 71 South Wacker Drive. It is owned by the Irvine Company....

 (completed in 2005 & located in downtown Chicago at 71 South Wacker Drive) is the headquarters for Hyatt corporation. Prior to this, the corporate headquarters was around the corner at 200 West Madison Street.

History

Hyatt Hotels Corporation was born upon purchase of the Hyatt House, at Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. It is most often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX, with the letters pronounced individually...

 on September 27, 1957. The original owners were entrepreneurs, Hyatt von Dehn and Jack D. Crouch
Jack D. Crouch
Jack Dyer Crouch was an American entrepreneur and conglomerate organizer born in Columbia, Missouri. He has 4 sons, , and 2 daughters, He created the Hyatt Hotel chain in 1954 with his partner Hyatt R...

. Von Dehn was eager to get out of the hotel business after a few years, so he sold his share in the hotel to Jay Pritzker
Jay Pritzker
Jay Arthur Pritzker was an American entrepreneur and conglomerate organizer.-Biography:Pritzker was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Fanny and A. N. Pritzker. His brother was Robert Pritzker...

. Jay's younger brother Donald Pritzer, under Jack Crouch's mentorship, took over day-to-day operations of the company and acquired motels and hotels. Under Donald's leadership, Hyatt became the fastest growing hotel chain in the United States until his death in 1972.

Hyatt became famous after the chain opened the world's first atrium hotel in 1967, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, is an award winning hotel which opened in 1967. The John C. Portman, Jr. designed building was the first hotel constructed around an atrium, and has influenced hotel design since...

, a decade after opening its first hotel.

In 1969, Donald opened Hyatt's first overseas hotel, the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong (which closed at the end of 2005 and was demolished; a new facility replacing the old opened in 2009). In 1980, the Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands were introduced. Hyatt has become known for its resorts after the opening of Hyatt Regency Maui
Maui
The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is part of the state of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County's four islands, bigger than Lānai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. In 2010, Maui had a population of 144,444,...

 in 1980. Today Hyatt has over 434 hotels worldwide.

In 1972, Hyatt formed Elsinore Corporation, a subsidiary to operate the Four Queens Hotel and Casino and the Hyatt Lake Tahoe. After Hyatt became a private company in 1979, Elsinore was spun off into a public company. The company opened the Playboy Hotel and Casino as a joint venture with Playboy Enterprises
Playboy Enterprises
Playboy Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held global media and lifestyle company founded by Hugh Marston Hefner to manage the Playboy magazine empire. Its programming and content are available worldwide on television networks, Websites, mobile platforms and radio...

.

In December 2004, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced it would acquire AmeriSuites
AmeriSuites
AmeriSuites Hotels was a hotel chain owned by Global Hyatt. It was founded by Mark Yale Harris. Harris began his successful career in the business world in 1972 as the cofounder of Red Roof Inns. This endeavor resulted in his first chain including over 300 hotels across the United States. Over a...

, an upscale chain of all suite business class hotels from affiliates of the Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group L.P. is an American-based alternative asset management and financial services company that specializes in private equity, real estate, and credit and marketable alternative investment strategies, as well as financial advisory services, such as mergers and acquisitions ,...

, a New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

 based private equity investment firm. Blackstone had inherited AmeriSuites from its 2004 acquisition of Prime Hospitality. The AmeriSuites chain is being rebranded and converted to a new concept called Hyatt Place. With Hyatt Place, Hyatt Hotels Corporation will better compete with the limited service products Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is a chain of hotels trademarked by the Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Garden Inns are considered to be upscale mid-priced hotels that are designed for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel brand is similar to that of the Courtyard by Marriott brand, a key competitor...

 offered by industry leaders Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, respectively.

In December 2005, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced a second limited service acquisition, Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites is an extended stay hotel chain. It is owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation.In June 2005 the Blackstone Group acquired Wyndham International for $3.2 billion. Summerfield Suites, Wyndham’s extended-stay offering, was included in the deal...

. Again the seller was the Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group L.P. is an American-based alternative asset management and financial services company that specializes in private equity, real estate, and credit and marketable alternative investment strategies, as well as financial advisory services, such as mergers and acquisitions ,...

. Blackstone had inherited Summerfield Suites from its purchase of Wyndham International. Summerfield Suites will be rebranded as Hyatt Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites is an extended stay hotel chain. It is owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation.In June 2005 the Blackstone Group acquired Wyndham International for $3.2 billion. Summerfield Suites, Wyndham’s extended-stay offering, was included in the deal...

 and positioned to compete in the upscale extended stay market against brands such as Residence Inn, Homewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.

On August 6, 2009, it was reported that Hyatt Hotels Corporation filed plans to raise up to $1.15 billion in an initial share sale. Hyatt plans to list the shares on the New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange is a stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at 13.39 trillion as of Dec 2010...

 under the symbol H. According to the filing, Mark S. Hoplamazian
Mark Hoplamazian
-References:...

 will serve as CEO
Chief executive officer
A chief executive officer , managing director , Executive Director for non-profit organizations, or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or administrator in charge of total management of an organization...

 and Thomas Pritzker
Thomas Pritzker
Thomas Pritzker is a member of the wealthy Pritzker family. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pritzker Group, which manages the various Pritzker family business assets, and the Executive Chairman of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation...

 will serve as Executive Chairman. The public offering is a result of the breakup of the Pritzker family empire. Accused of looting family trusts, Thomas and cousins Penny and Nicholas were forced to wrest control of the family businesses when she and other family members were sued by cousin Liesel Pritzker claiming fraud and seeking damages in excess of $6 billion.

On August 31, 2009 three Hyatt hotels in Boston laid off their entire housekeeping staffs, outsourcing the work to a Georgia company creating strong public backlash. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick
Deval Laurdine Patrick is the 71st and current Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton...

 threatened a boycott of the hotels by state employees traveling on official business. The housekeepers, who were fired without previous notice although some of them had worked for the Hyatt for over 20 years, became collectively known as the Hyatt 100
The Hyatt 100
The Hyatt 100 are a group of housekeepers fired from three Boston-area Hyatt hotels on August 31, 2009. The layoffs drew widespread condemnation from politicians, businesses, and other groups.-The Layoffs:...

. In December 2009, Hyatt was named the "Massachusetts Scrooge of the Year" by Jobs with Justice
Jobs with Justice
Jobs with Justice is a national campaign for workers' rights in the United States. It was founded in 1987, and includes both individual members and affiliated organizations....

.

As of December 31, 2010, Hyatt Hotels Corporation's worldwide portfolio consisted of 453 properties.

On September 1, 2011, Hyatt acquired Hotel Sierra which has 18 properties in 10 states.

Brands

Hyatt Hotels Corporation operates several chains. The Hyatt Regency brand is the oldest brand in the company, with the Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands being introduced in 1980. Of these properties, some are styled as "resort" properties, and may feature spa
Spa
The term spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy. Spa towns or spa resorts typically offer various health treatments. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are...

s or other recreational facilities. Other brands include the Hyatt Place, designed as a limited service offering targeted to the business traveler. An extended stay chain, Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites
Summerfield Suites is an extended stay hotel chain. It is owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation.In June 2005 the Blackstone Group acquired Wyndham International for $3.2 billion. Summerfield Suites, Wyndham’s extended-stay offering, was included in the deal...

, was acquired by Hyatt in 2005, and features 34 locations in the United States. Hyatt also launched a new brand, Andaz, in April 2007. The first hotel to bear this brand was The Great Eastern Hotel in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

, with additional properties now open in San Diego, West Hollywood, Shanghai and New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

 (Andaz Wall Street & Andaz 5th Avenue). Hyatt recently announced a large expansion of the Andaz brand, with properties expected to open Maui
Maui
The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is part of the state of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County's four islands, bigger than Lānai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. In 2010, Maui had a population of 144,444,...

, Papagayo (Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east....

), Turks and Caicos, Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of August 24, 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of 783,364 within city limits, an urban population...

, and Delhi
Delhi
Delhi , officially National Capital Territory of Delhi , is the largest metropolis by area and the second-largest by population in India, next to Mumbai. It is the eighth largest metropolis in the world by population with 16,753,265 inhabitants in the Territory at the 2011 Census...

.

In addition to hotels, Hyatt also operates an upscale timeshare program through Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. The program is known as Hyatt Vacation Club. It currently has over a dozen locations, some of which are located within or connected to Hyatt hotels. Additionally, the group runs a chain of upscale retirement homes known as Vi Living by Hyatt and offers retail home décor and furnishings through Hyatt at Home, an online store featuring luxury products.

Brands explained:
  • Park Hyatt is Hyatt's luxury brand. Park Hyatt hotels are mid-sized properties located only in premier destinations and cater to affluent individuals.
  • Andaz hotels are upscale, boutique-inspired lifestyle properties that distill the best of their locale.
  • Grand Hyatt hotels are large-scale hotels that provide upscale accommodations in major cities.
  • Hotel Sierra properties are smaller-to-mid-sized upscale properties with modern style located in urban and suburban locations across the United States.
  • Hyatt Regency hotels are aimed at convention and business travelers as well as leisure travelers and are located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world.
  • Hyatt hotels are smaller-to-mid-sized properties located in various markets across the United States, serving business and leisure travelers.
  • Hyatt Place hotels are mid-sized properties designed for families and business travelers; they are located in urban, airport and suburban areas.
  • Hyatt Summerfield Suites properties are extended-stay, residential-style hotels.
  • Hyatt Resorts are vacation destination properties, including beach, mountain, desert, golf and spa properties across the Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt brands.
  • Hyatt Vacation Club properties provide members with timeshare ownership in residential-style properties with the same service of the Hyatt brand.

Leadership

Mark S. Hoplamazian
Mark Hoplamazian
-References:...

 is the current President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He took over the position from Stephen Clark on November 28, 2006.

Notable properties

  • Atlanta: The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
    Hyatt Regency Atlanta
    The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, is an award winning hotel which opened in 1967. The John C. Portman, Jr. designed building was the first hotel constructed around an atrium, and has influenced hotel design since...

     was built in 1967 and was the first contemporary atrium hotel in the world. The hotel is also notable for being the first Regency hotel in the Hyatt brand. To this day it remains the only major downtown Atlanta hotel with a front drive on the famed Peachtree Street
    Peachtree Street
    Peachtree Street is the main street of Atlanta. The city grew up around the street, and many of its historical and municipal buildings are or were located along it...

    . Architect John Portman designed the building.
  • Buenos Aires: Hyatt Hotels acquired the Duhau Palace, a Neoclassical
    Neoclassical architecture
    Neoclassical architecture was an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century, manifested both in its details as a reaction against the Rococo style of naturalistic ornament, and in its architectural formulas as an outgrowth of some classicizing...

     former residence inspired in the Château du Marais, in 2002, and following the addition of a 13-story annex at the other end of the property, opened the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
    Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
    The Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a five star establishment located in the city's Recoleta section.-Overview:The Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt was built on an Alvear Avenue lot belonging to Alejandro Hume, a railway executive of English Argentine background...

     in 2006.
  • Chicago: At 2019 rooms, The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the 7th largest non-gaming hotel in the world. Big Bar (located on the green level of the east tower) holds the record for the largest freestanding bar in the world and is in possession of the two largest suspended plasma TV screens in North America.
  • Cleveland: The Hyatt Regency Cleveland, is located in the 1890s built Cleveland, Ohio
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately west of the Pennsylvania border...

     Arcade. The Cleveland Arcade
    Cleveland Arcade
    The Arcade in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is a Victorian-era structure of two nine-story buildings, joined by a five-story arcade with a glass skylight spanning over 300 feet , along the four balconies....

     was a shopping center, but between 1998–2002 was renovated as the Hyatt Regency Hotel. There is some retail on the two stories, and the rooms follow after that. In addition there is a five-star restaurant named 1890, a reference of the year the Cleveland Arcade opened.
  • Connecticut: The Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located in Old Greenwich
    Old Greenwich
    Old Greenwich is a neighborhood/section and census-designated place in Greenwich in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 6,611. It was founded in 1641 and has been a long-time beach community...

    , CT is on the site of the former world headquarters of Conde Nast Publishing and retains the original building's corner tower.
  • Dallas: The Hyatt Regency Dallas, along with the fifty-story Reunion Tower
    Reunion Tower
    Reunion Tower is a observation tower and one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas, Texas. Located at 300 Reunion Blvd. in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, the tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and is the 15th tallest building in Dallas...

    , were featured prominently at the beginning of the opening credits of the television series Dallas
    Dallas (TV series)
    Dallas is an American serial drama/prime time soap opera that revolves around the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. Throughout the series, Larry Hagman stars as greedy, scheming oil baron J. R. Ewing...

    .
  • Hollywood: The Continental Hyatt Hotel was in the movie Almost Famous
    Almost Famous
    Almost Famous is a 2000 musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and telling the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the fictitious rock band Stillwater , and his efforts to get his first cover story published...

    starring Kate Hudson
    Kate Hudson
    Kate Garry Hudson is an American actress. She came to prominence in 2001 after winning a Golden Globe and receiving several nominations, including a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Almost Famous. She then starred in the hit film How to Lose a Guy in 10...

     (2000), and its pool has featured in several films including This is Spinal Tap
    This Is Spinal Tap
    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap...

    (1984), and the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City was the scene of the "6th floor into swimming pool" scene in the 1989 movie Lethal Weapon 2
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 action comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Patsy Kensit, Joe Pesci, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland...

    starring Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson
    Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, AO is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old and later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.After appearing in...

     and Danny Glover
    Danny Glover
    Danny Lebern Glover is an American actor, film director, and political activist. Glover is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film franchise.-Early life:...

    .
  • Kansas City, Missouri
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...

    : Initially named the Hyatt Regency Kansas City, the atrium walkways collapsed
    Hyatt Regency walkway collapse
    The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a collapse of an interior suspended skywalk system that occurred on July 17, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, killing 114 people and injuring 216 others during a tea dance. At the time, it was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S...

     in 1981 since they did not meet engineering code. The hotel was since renamed Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and remains in operation.
  • Los Angeles: Century Plaza Hotel
    Century Plaza Hotel
    The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel forming a sweeping crescent design fronting the spectacular fountains on Avenue of the Stars adjacent to the twin Century Plaza Towers and the CAA building.- History :...

    , one of the 11 endangered historic sites
  • Melbourne: Park Hyatt Melbourne, noted for the most efficient loading dock operation in the Hyatt Group.
  • San Francisco: The Hyatt Regency San Francisco
    Hyatt Regency San Francisco
    Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a hotel located at the foot of Market Street and The Embarcadero in the financial district of San Francisco, California...

     formerly provided a rooftop revolving restaurant
    Revolving restaurant
    A revolving restaurant is a usually tower restaurant eating space designed to rest atop a broad circular revolving platform that operates as a large turntable. The building remains stationary and the diners are carried on the revolving floor. The revolving rate varies between one and three times...

     called Equinox, offering 360-degree views of the city and the bay – the restaurant is now an elite club for certain hotel guests only and it no longer rotates. This hotel was sold for close to $200 million to Dune Capital Management and DiNapoli Capital Partners in January 2007 – roughly $250,000 for each of the hotel's 802 rooms. The property has been used several times as a filming location, featured most prominently in producer Irwin Allen
    Irwin Allen
    Irwin Allen was a television and film director and producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was also notable for creating a number of television series.- Biography :...

    's 1974 disaster film The Towering Inferno
    The Towering Inferno
    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.A co-production between Twentieth Century-Fox and Warner Bros...

    , the 1977 Mel Brooks
    Mel Brooks
    Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows...

     comedy High Anxiety
    High Anxiety
    High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the lead. This is Brooks' first film as a producer and first "speaking" lead role...

    , Don Siegel
    Don Siegel
    Donald Siegel was an influential American film director and producer. His name variously appeared in the credits of his films as both Don Siegel and Donald Siegel.-Early life:...

    's spy thriller Telefon of the same year, and the 1979 sci-fi thriller Time After Time
    Time After Time (1979 film)
    Time After Time is a 1979 American fantasy film written and directed by Nicholas Meyer. His screenplay is based largely on a novel by Karl Alexander and a story by Steve Hayes. It concerns British author H. G...

    .
  • Shanghai: The Grand Hyatt Shanghai
    Grand Hyatt Shanghai
    The Grand Hyatt Shanghai is a hotel located in Shanghai, China, in the Pudong area, the financial hub of the city. The 555 room hotel occupies the top 36 floors of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower. The hotel was the highest hotel in the world until the Park Hyatt opened in the neighbouring Shanghai World...

     is located in the Jin Mao Tower (floors 53 to 87). It has a ballroom for 1200 people, and meeting rooms which seat 400 comfortably. The Park Hyatt occupying the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center
    Shanghai World Financial Center
    The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is an aperture at the peak. The original design specified a circular aperture, in diameter, to reduce the stresses of wind pressure, as well as serve as a subtext for the design, since "Chinese mythology represents the earth with a square...

    , is considered one of the highest hotel in the world.
  • Tokyo: The Park Hyatt Tokyo was featured prominently in the movie Lost in Translation
    Lost in Translation (film)
    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American film written and directed by Sofia Coppola; her second feature film after The Virgin Suicides and it stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson...

    , and also in an episode of I Survived a Japanese Game Show
    I Survived a Japanese Game Show
    I Survived a Japanese Game Show is an American reality show that saw its first season premiere on ABC June 24, 2008. The show followed a group of Americans, who leave the United States for Japan where they competed in a Japanese style game show. The winner takes home US $250,000...

    where that episode's winning team stayed in the suite featured in that movie worth $
    United States dollar
    The United States dollar , also referred to as the American dollar, is the official currency of the United States of America. It is divided into 100 smaller units called cents or pennies....

    12,000/night, plus a personal chef.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: The Hyatt Regency Trinidad was used for the 2009 5th Summit of the Americas
    5th Summit of the Americas
    The Fifth Summit of the Americas was held at Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobagofrom April 17 to 19, 2009.Organizers planned for the Fifth Summit to focus on a wide-ranging theme: "Securing Our Citizens' Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental...

     from April 17 to 19, 2009.

World events and Hyatt

  • New York City
    New York City
    New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

     - In May 2010, the Grand Hyatt near Grand Central Station in New York City was used as the conference center for the 2010 Model United Nations Conference, because of construction at the UN Headquarters, where it is usually held.
  • Trinidad & Tobago – The Hyatt Regency Trinidad was used for the 2009 5th Summit of the Americas from April 17 to 19, 2009.
  • Australia
    Australia
    Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

     – The 2006 G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne
    Melbourne
    Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...

     between November 18 and November 19, 2006.
  • Israel
    Israel
    The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

     – On October 17, 2001, Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi was assassinated
    Assassination of Rehavam Ze'evi
    Rehavam Ze'evi, Israel's tourism minister, was assassinated at shortly before 7:00 am on Wednesday, 17 October 2001, at the Hyatt Hotel in Jerusalem by a squad of Palestinians assassins acting on behalf of the PFLP militant organization...

     in the Jerusalem Hyatt Regency on Mount Scopus
    Mount Scopus
    Mount Scopus , جبل المشهد , جبل الصوانة) is a mountain in northeast Jerusalem. In the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Mount Scopus became a UN protected Jewish exclave within Jordanian-occupied territory until the Six-Day War in 1967...

    .
  • Jordan
    Jordan
    Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

     – On November 9, 2005, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman, Jordan was targeted by a series of coordinated terrorist attacks along with a Radisson SAS and a Days Inn hotel.
  • Philippines
    Philippines
    The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

     – The Hyatt Terraces Baguio in the northern city of Baguio collapsed after a July 16, 1990 earthquake
    1990 Luzon earthquake
    The Luzon earthquake occurred on Monday, July 16, 1990, at 4:26 PM local time in the Philippines. The densely populated island of Luzon was struck by an earthquake with a 7.8 Ms...

    .
  • United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

    • During Hurricane Katrina
      Hurricane Katrina
      Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was a powerful Atlantic hurricane. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall...

      , the Hyatt Regency New Orleans
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans
      Hyatt Regency New Orleans, located at 500 Poydras Plaza in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 31-story, -tall. It has 1,193 guest rooms, including 95 suites. It is part of a complex of connected buildings, which includes the Louisiana Superdome, 1250 Poydras Plaza,...

       received significant damage as almost all of its windows were blown out and the bottom floor was torn apart by flood
      Flood
      A flood is an overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land. The EU Floods directive defines a flood as a temporary covering by water of land not normally covered by water...

       damage. The hotel is located in the Central Business District
      New Orleans Central Business District
      The Central Business District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the French Quarter/CBD Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Iberville, Decatur and Canal Streets to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, the New Orleans Morial...

       and is scheduled to reopen October, 19, 2011.
    • The Hyatt Regency Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri
      Kansas City, Missouri
      Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...

      , was the site of one of the worst hotel disasters
      Hyatt Regency walkway collapse
      The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a collapse of an interior suspended skywalk system that occurred on July 17, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, killing 114 people and injuring 216 others during a tea dance. At the time, it was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S...

       in U.S. history. On July 17, 1981, two of the three skybridges that transversed the hotel's lobby collapsed
      Hyatt Regency walkway collapse
      The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a collapse of an interior suspended skywalk system that occurred on July 17, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, killing 114 people and injuring 216 others during a tea dance. At the time, it was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S...

       during a tea dance. The walkways were packed with people when a structural failure occurred causing one bridge, which was hung from the bridge above it, to pull both bridges loose from the ceiling and collapse. The accident killed 114 people and injured over 200. The hotel was later renamed the Hyatt Regency Crown Center
      Crown Center
      Crown Center is a commercial complex and neighborhood located near Downtown Kansas City, Missouri located between Gillham Road and Grand Boulevard to the east and west, and between Pershing Boulevard and Union Hill to the north and south. The shopping center is anchored by Halls, a department store...

      .

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt Gold Passport is Hyatt's hotel rewards or loyalty program
Loyalty program
Loyalty programs are structured marketing efforts that reward, and therefore encourage, loyal buying behavior — behavior which is potentially beneficial to the firm....

. Membership is free and can be completed either online or with the assistance of a hotel representative. Points can be accumulated and used for redemption nights, upgrades or converted into airline miles with partnering airlines. The program offers three membership tiers: gold, platinum, and diamond.
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