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January 9, 2008updated Jul 16, 2015


By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Washington DC, September 18, 2007 ˆ As part of the Willard
InterContinental’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development, the
luxury downtown hotel will now offer guests an alternative mode of
transportation in the form of a 2007 Toyota Camry four-door Hybrid sedan.

The program, which began on September 1, is first of its kind to be offered in
the DC hotel market. It offers the elegant black with gray leather interior
hybrid vehicle on a fulltime basis, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday. The car is stationed outside of the hotel as an eco friendly
alternative to the standard town car or taxi. Hybrid service is available on a
first come, first serve basis for hotel guests for a moderate fee. The car is
available for anywhere within Washington DC, and to Regan and Dulles
International Airports. Service is also offered to Virginia and Maryland.

The Camry Hybrid utilizes a four-cylinder gasoline engine, and its fuel
economy is 40 miles to the gallon in the city and 38 miles to the gallon on the
highway. The power steering, brakes, and heater/air conditioning are all
electric, which allows the car to run on the electric motor.

The hybrid vehicle program is just one of the many environmentally conscious
choices the hotel has made since embarking on a sustainability agenda
entitled, “Willard InterContinental – The Next 100 Years.” Based on the triple
bottom line of Economic Viability, Social Responsibility and Environmental
Protection, the holistic plan is comprised of interwoven sustainable projects
designed for a luxurious urban hospitality experience in harmony with social
and ecological consciousness. The program has been designed to lay the
foundation for future generations of Willard employees, guests and
stakeholders. “We envision our invaluable American landmark hotel to be a
standard bearer in the industry for its commitment to local, national and
international communities,” said Herve Houdré, General Manager.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of the nation’s capital, just two
blocks from the White House, the Willard InterContinental is near the
Smithsonian museums and the downtown business and theatre district. The
Willard is an American institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president
since Franklin Pierce, in 1853. It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe
wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where President Ulysses S. Grant
popularized the term “Lobbyist,” and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote
his renowned “I Have A Dream” speech. The Willard epitomizes world-class
hospitality as the hotel of choice for heads of state and leaders of the world’s
business, cultural, social and political sectors. The hotel boasts 332 large,
elegant rooms including 40 suites, fine and casual dining, afternoon tea and
the luxurious, I Spa at the Willard. The classic hotel combines heritage and
luxury with contemporary comfort and the latest technology

The Willard has embarked on a Sustainability program entitled, “Willard
InterContinental – The Next 100 Years.” The holistic plan is comprised of
interwoven sustainable projects designed for a luxurious urban hospitality
experience in harmony with social and ecological consciousness. Willard
InterContinental Washington D.C. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W Washington
D.C. 20004, for reservations call 202-628-9100, 1-800-827-1747, Web site:

Contact: Meredith Goldberg
T. 202.637.7304


Barbara Bahny-David
T. 202.637.7309

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