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The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya Rescues Endangered Sea Turtle Hatchings

SANYA, CHINA – JAN 26, 2010 – The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, joins forces with Sea turtles 911 to save three endangered green sea turtle hatchlings. The turtles were rescued from local market by Sea Turtles 911, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles in Sanya, Hainan Island, China. A significant “Welcome to your new home” kids party was held in hotel’s Kid’s Pool, more than 20 kids and their parents were invited to learn sea turtle conservation on Hainan Island. All kids are named “Sea Turtle Guardian Angel” by GM Mr. Goget with a mission: To save and protect sea turtle and ocean throughout your life , and three of them won naming competition with new names to three sea turtle hatchlings: “Sisi”, “Lydia” & “Clyspher”.

The warm coastal waters surrounding Hainan Island provides critical foraging ground for green, hawksbill, and olive ridley sea turtles. Despite all three species being listed as critically endangered on the China Species Red List, a vast amount of illegal harvesting occurs reducing their populations at an extraordinary rate. Sea turtles face a host of other obstacles further diminishing their rate of survival including, fisheries by catch, plastic debris ingestion, and habitat loss. The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya together with Sea Turtles 911 is actively working to alleviate the pressures that threaten sea turtles in China.

Sea turtles are most vulnerable in the early stages of their life, it is estimated that one out of a thousand hatchlings will survive. The Ritz- Carlton, Sanya is providing a home for these tenacious creatures until they are strong and large enough to be released back to the wild. Like all guests at The Ritz-Carlton, the turtles will have luxurious accommodation in an aquarium placed in the Kids Club area of the resort. The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya has taken a commendable role to promote and educate guests about threats to sea turtles in the South China Sea, while increasing the hatchlings chance for survival.

Guests are invited to come say hello to “Sisi”, “Lydia” & “Clyspher” at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, and learn about sea turtle conservation on Hainan Island. To find out how you can help save sea turtles from extinction in China, and about Sea Turtles 911 volunteer programs visit http://www.seaturtles911.org.

Situated on an exclusive site along Yalong Bay in Hainan Province, the resort provides expansive views of the South China Sea and features 450 guest rooms, suites and private villas. Extensive recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centre and a signature Ritz Kids® Club. Guests will also enjoy the largest Ritz-Carlton spa in the region designed by ESPA. Eight restaurants and lounges offer scenic views of the lagoon and
the ocean. In addition to flexible space designed for meetings, conferences and special social events, a wedding chapel, Sanya’s only waterfront wedding chapel, will be the backdrop for intimate ceremonies. A designer on-site boutique shopping arcade with five of the world's top brands: Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Feragamo, TOD'S, Paul & Shark and Ermenegildo Zegna is a first for Hainan Island.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 70 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Lake Tahoe, California. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Vivian Qiao
Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay
Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya, Hainan 572000, China
中国海南省三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区 邮编:572000 
Direct:(86) 898 8858 6663
Fax: (86) 898 8858 6660