JQH Secures Global Lodging Company’s Sustainability Award Twice in Three Years
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – February 2, 2016John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced the
company was recently awarded Marriott International, Inc.’s 2015 Spirit to Preserve Award. Debbie
Marriott Harrison, Marriott International’s global officer – culture and business councils,
presented the award to Joe Morrissey, JQH’s senior vice president of operations, who accepted the
honor on behalf of the company at Marriott International’s Full Service Owners conference. JQH was
recognized for continuing to show support and focus on sustainability. Spirit to Preserve has been
an award category since 2012, and JQH also won the award for 2013. Springfield, Mo.-­‐based JQH is
a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including
operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

Marriott’s Spirit to Preserve Award recognizes those groups who have the highest percentage of
activated hotels and highest level of environmental practices based on Green Hotels Global data and
company-­‐wide sustainability programs. Every JQH Marriott property is activated in the Green
Hotels Global tool and holds a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders rating. Green Hotels Global is a system
that provides metrics-­‐based information on the environmental footprint of hotels.

Conservation Leadership
According to Morrissey, hotels across the JQH portfolio have shown outstanding leadership in
driving sustainable practices. Each JQH-­‐operated Marriott hotel, under license from Marriott
International, Inc. or one of its affiliates and representing a range of brands from Renaissance,
Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn, has a Green Committee that meets and discusses
green initiatives, then takes action to implement agreed-­‐upon ideas on-­‐property. A sampling of
related initiatives by JQH hotels includes high-­‐efficiency lighting, recycling programs, water
and energy conservation efforts, local food sourcing, donation of used supplies for repurposing,
and supporting their local communities.

“Mr. Hammons built a culture over decades grounded in being an active community partner, and this
important role entails taking care of our Earth,” Morrissey said. “Sustainability programs are only
as effective as proper implementation, and we have experienced an enthusiastic response from our
thousands of hotel associates and guests nationwide about working together to reduce our ecological

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda,
Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 85 countries and territories. Marriott
International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and
franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The
Ritz-­‐Carlton®, Bvlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance®
Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott
Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill
Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and MoxyHotels®. Marriott has
been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company
also manages the award-­‐winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-­‐Carlton
Rewards® program, which together surpass 54 million members. For more information or reservations,
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About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-­‐based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent
owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton,
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and
Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest
rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets.
Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of
excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and
award-­‐winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set
the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more
information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.