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The Carolina Inn and Carolina Crossroads Restaurant Earn 2012 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (June 15, 2012) – The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

This accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five and 4.5 for both honorees in this case, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“The Carolina Inn and Carolina Crossroads Restaurant are pleased to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Shawn Gracey, General Manager. “We strive to offer our customers memorable and exceptional experiences, and this is further evidence of that.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

Also of note, The Carolina Inn is a AAA Four Diamond award winner and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Carolina Crossroads Restaurant is one of only three Forbes Four-Star restaurants in North Carolina and a AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant.

ABOUT THE CAROLINA INN
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. www.CarolinaInn.com

ABOUT DESTINATION HOTELS & RESORTS
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,970 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.DestinationHotels.com.

ABOUT TRIPADVISOR®
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

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Michelle Voelpel
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
919.918.2722
mvoelpel@carolinainn.com




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