BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) (the "Company"), the nation's largest lodging real estate investment trust, has received National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' 2017 Lodging/Resorts Leader in the Light award.

"Receiving this top leadership recognition is such an honor," said Joanne Hamilton, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and executive champion of Host's Corporate Responsibility program. "Our achievements are possible because of our Board and executive level commitment to our Corporate Responsibility program and the hard work and diligence of our employees, operators, hotel employees and strategic partners who support and implement our initiatives and drive improvements and progress each year."

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' (NAREIT) annual Leader in the Light Awards honor member companies that have demonstrated superior sustainability practices. It is the highest achievement for all Lodging/Resorts REITs and real estate companies. All winners are required to participate in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Assessment in which the Company received the number one position in the United States for listed companies.

For more information, please visit NAREIT's website.

About Host Hotels & ResortsHost Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. The Company currently owns 88 properties in the United States and six properties internationally totaling approximately 52,500 rooms. The Company also holds non-controlling interests in seven joint ventures, including one in Europe that owns 10 hotels with approximately 3,900 rooms. Guided by a disciplined approach to capital allocation and aggressive asset management, the Company partners with premium brands such as Marriott®, Ritz-Carlton®, Westin®, Sheraton®, W®, St. Regis®, Le Meridien®, The Luxury Collection®, Hyatt®, Fairmont®, Hilton®, Swissôtel®, ibis®, Pullman®, and Novotel® as well as independent brands in the operation of properties in over 50 major markets. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at

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