The stately ship celebrates Earth Hour 2010 and its conservation message with lights-out and candlelit reception for hotel guests and the community

LONG BEACH, Calif.; Mar. 17, 2010 – On the evening of Mar. 27, the Long Beach skyline will look drastically different as the city’s iconic landmark, the Queen Mary, shuts off her lights from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. in collaboration with Earth Hour, an international event bringing awareness to climate change and energy conservation.

As this ship’s horn marks the start of Earth Hour, the Queen Mary’s many exterior lights will be extinguished and interior lights minimized, with hotel guests invited to shut their non-essential stateroom lights off as well as adopt lasting environmentally-friendly practices. Guests and the community can also join a special Earth Hour candlelit reception from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with “unplugged” entertainment and organic appetizers and cocktails under the ship’s grand smokestacks on the Sports Deck.

No stranger to going dark, the Queen Mary was known as the “Grey Ghost” during her WWII service when she transported troops camouflaged and with her lights off at night to avoid being spotted and fired upon by German submarines. Tours and the museum onboard can provide guests more details on the Queen Mary’s unique wartime history.

The ship also adheres to standards set forth by GreenPath®, an environmental management system established by the Queen Mary’s management company, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. The program was created in 1992, making Delaware North the first hospitality company to achieve ISO 14001 certification. Each year since, Delaware North has achieved re-certification through a rigorous audit process.

An official program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is open to any institution or individual interested in its global conservation message. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.myearthhour.org

About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach since 1967, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. Its award-winning restaurants include the signature Sir Winston’s as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon.  History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show. The Queen Mary features 85,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000 square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including eight full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation, and transportation operations.  The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America such as the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon National Parks, Tenaya Lodge, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Niagara Falls State Park, Jones Beach, The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; and Gideon Putnam Resort.  To learn more about Delaware North Companies' expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.experiencednc.com.

About Earth Hour
On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation. On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii. Visit www.myearthhour.org for more information. 



Kerry Hassen
Senior Manager Corporate Communications
Delaware North
Email: khassen@dncinc.com
Phone: 716-858-5016
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