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ORLANDO, Fla. – June 1, 2009 – The Ritz-Carlton Club, the premier fractional ownership program, has been awarded the distinction of top “Fractional” vacation home purveyor in the world for Robb Report’s 21st annual “Best of the Best” issue. A leading source for the luxury lifestyle, Robb Report has recognized The Club three times in this category.

This year, as The Ritz-Carlton Club celebrates its tenth anniversary, the brand has evolved to offer Members an expanded collection of vacation options beyond the award-winning fractional offering. The new Ritz-Carlton Destination Club is an equity-based program offering two choices – either a Home Club Membership (identical to the successful fractional ownership offering) which provides titled use of a residence for Members to return to throughout the year, or the newest deeded enhancement, Portfolio Membership, which affords the opportunity to discover a wide variety of premier destinations and accommodations through a points-based currency.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Robb Report as “Best of the Best,” and it reaffirms the quality and prestige of our membership program,” said Peter J. Watzka, executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton Development Company, Inc. (an affiliate of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.).

Based on a full year’s search, the “Best of the Best” winners were chosen on the basis of quality of facilities, services and amenities as of March 2009. Yet, as Robb Report highlights in the magazine, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club has much more in store for the future by providing unparalleled experiences to its membership in beach, golf, ski and city destinations.

With locations in San Francisco; Aspen, Colo. and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. to name a few, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club offers the legendary service for which The Ritz-Carlton is renowned. Members benefit from a heightened level of service as they are paired with their very own member experience manager who will serve as their primary liaison. Additionally, Members will enjoy the privilege of a dedicated concierge staff providing services that include everything from airport pick-up and pre-arrival provisioning of the residence, to unpacking and pressing pre-sent garments and arranging a complete vacation itinerary.

About The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club is an equity-based luxury travel program where Members select either a Home Club Membership which provides a titled residence and usage at a property they can return to every year, or a deeded Portfolio Membership which affords the opportunity to discover a wide variety of locations and experiences. Combining an innovative choice for luxury vacations at some of the most sought-after destinations in the world and coupled with the legendary services of The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club offers an inspirational vacation lifestyle tailored to each Member’s expectations.

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