The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is celebrating the announcement of its second consecutive AAA Five Diamond award, this time for 2012. The AAA announcement signals that the hotel has retained its prestigious ranking based upon meeting rigorous standards of service, facilities and amenities which the revered travel organization associates with the finest luxury hotels. More than 60,000 properties are evaluated each year by AAA’s professional evaluators, and less than one third of one percent of them typically earn a AAA Five Diamond designation. “We are truly honored to receive the AAA Five Diamond award for 2012,” said David Rothwell, General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. “This distinction is a tribute to the Ladies and Gentlemen who create the guest experience at our hotel every day. The entire team’s commitment to our guests, our community and each other shines very brightly in these Diamonds.” David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas, added, “The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte continues its leadership position in hospitality and service, again winning AAA’s highest rating for hotels. It is among the best in the Queen City on delivering on a commitment to making guest experiences exceptional and memorable. The Ritz-Carlton is a beacon for travelers and tourists that is helping Charlotte’s transformation into a world-class city.” The renewed AAA Five Diamond ranking for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte comes on the heels of its successful December 2010 opening of Urban Sip wine and Scotch bar, presenting the region’s largest selection of premium wines by the glass. Other enhancements to the property include the recent addition of a Peet’s Coffee and Tea designed to serve local businesses and travelers, and the 2011 installation of the area’s only luxury hotel electric vehicle charging station. A highly-visual expansion of the hotel’s fine art program has also taken place, highlighted by an acclaimed new Ben Owen Pottery Gallery on the property’s Lobby level and the recently-installed front-drive sculptures of Carolina artist Shaun Cassidy. The 146-room LEED® Gold-certified hotel expects to unveil several further unique enhancements between now and year-end. For reservations or information about The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, please contact Toll-Free Room Reservations at (800) 241-3333, a travel professional, or The Ritz-Carlton website at www.ritzcarlton.com.