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Marriott Non-smoking policy goes into effect

As you may have heard, Marriott International announced on July 19, 2006, that all of the company's lodging brands in the United States and Canada will become 100 percent smoke-free, beginning in September. This represents the industry's largest move to a non-smoking environment, with more than 2,300 hotels and corporate apartments and nearly 400,000 guest rooms under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay brands.

Our new strategy reflects the strong preference expressed by the vast majority of our guests for smoke-free environments.  The only way to provide this experience is to allow no smoking within the building. Therefore, we are extending this preference throughout all areas of the hotel. To accommodate the needs of guests who smoke, we will offer special designated smoking areas outside the building. Transition will begin immediately, with the full policy taking effect October 16, 2006.

The new policy includes all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, public space and employee work areas.  Currently more than 90 percent of Marriott guest rooms are already non-smoking and smoking is prohibited in many public spaces due to local laws.  Demand for non-smoking rooms continues to rise with new information from the Surgeon General on the hazards of secondary smoke.

Existing reservations with stays occurring between now and October 15, 2006, will be accommodated. Guests with room reservations after October 15 who have indicated a smoking preference will be notified in advance that their reservation will be honored but we cannot accommodate their smoking request.

We hope you are as excited about offering a smoke-free environment as we are. Please contact Bahman Yeganegi at (925) 244-6115 for any questions, and thank you again for your business.

Sincerely,
The San Ramon Marriott.