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Luxury Hotels Create Innovative Green Spaces with Synthetic Grass

Tuesday, June 28, 2011  
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ATLANTA, GA – Forget mini bottles of high-end shampoo or chocolates on your pillow. The most impactful amenity being offered by luxury hotels such as the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas (pictured, right) and the Mandarin Oriental in New York is actually synthetic grass, used to beautify grounds for guests while conserving millions of gallons of water each year.

"A growing number of hotels, particularly upscale properties, are creating innovative green spaces using synthetic grass that require minimal resources and maintenance,” explained Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "This aesthetically appealing solution also promotes greater utilization of land.”

One of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida faced restricting the use of outdoor grassy areas in light of capacity. "The inclusion of synthetic grass in our landscape has proven to be a smart choice for the resort and mother earth,” noted Rodrigo A. Carrillo, Project Manager of the Fontainebleau Hotel, who made the switch in 2010. "Since the conversion, we are able to accommodate increased capacity and utilize a greater percentage of grassy areas, while providing an enhanced event experience, without damaging the grass. This year, eight million gallons of water will be conserved and our new synthetic lawn allows us to eliminate the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on ground in close proximity to the beach.”

In Las Vegas, where water conservation is a critical need, premier locations such as the Wynn Hotel, the Bellagio, Venetian and Caesars Palace now feature synthetic grass. Last year, the Wynn Hotel alone saved 143,748,000 gallons of water formerly used for landscaping. Other hotels in urban locations are adding synthetic turf to maximize formerly unused areas. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York delights guests with a beautiful 38th floor terrace yoga deck using synthetic grass. Overlooking San Francisco’s waterfront, the Hotel Vitale lined their fourth story rooftop with synthetic grass to create a multi-use area.

About the Synthetic Turf Council

Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit

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To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

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