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Thursday, 10 July 2008

Strong Global Expansion for Summit Hotels & Resorts™



Summit Hotels & Resorts has further strengthened its global portfolio and increased its capacity by 3,700 rooms, with the addition of a stunning new range of properties. A total of 14 new properties have been welcomed by Summit Hotels & Resorts, a brand of Preferred Hotel Group™, in the last six months alone. This expansion is significant because it establishes brand presence in Xian and California for the first time, substantially increases its foothold in Tokyo and designates the first Summit golf resort in Italy. The recent additions to the internationally acclaimed collection of properties include: Grand Pacific Le Daiba and Hotel Pacific Tokyo in Tokyo; The Grand Castle Hotel in Xian; Palmerston Etna Golf Resort & Spa in Sicily, Italy; myhotel Bloomsbury and myhotel Chelsea in London; Eden Hotel La Bergère in Maastricht; the Il Lugano in Fort Lauderdale; The Bel Air in Cancun, Mexico; Pheasant Run Resort & Spa in St Charles, Illinois; Westlake Village Inn in California; the Ambassador East in Chicago; the Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores in Lima, Peru; The Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, Italy and The Legacy Hotel, Maryland, USA.

The addition of each of these distinctive properties demonstrates Summit Hotels & Resort's valuable role as a trusted brand for authentic travel experiences in the world's top destinations. As a business partner, Summit is also delivering great performance, with member hotels enjoying 20% growth in overall revenue through the brand in 2007. "We are seeing a distinct trend in Asia of hotels de-flagging from chains and becoming independents with Grand Castle and the Pacifics joining Summit. Hotel owners recognise that we can offer the technology solutions and sales and marketing expertise at more reasonable costs with the benefit of greater flexibility," said Mark Simmons, Area Managing Director, Asia



New Summits in Asia Pacific

Grand Pacific Le Daiba – Tokyo, Japan This European-style 884-room Grand Pacific Le Daiba offers a unique blend of design and elegance on Daiba island overlooking the majestic Tokyo Bay. Grand Pacific Le Daiba has an extensive choice of ten restaurants and lounges, indoor and outdoor pools, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel is conveniently located next to the Daiba Station with a connecting walkway. Hotel Pacific Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan Set amidst the frenetic commotion of the glorious city of Tokyo, Pacific Tokyo sits among acres of serene gardens. Perched in front of Shinagawa station and only fifteen minutes from Tokyo's world-renowned shopping and entertainment hotspots the 954 room Pacific Tokyo provides six restaurants representing every major cuisine in the world.

Grand Castle Hotel – Xian, China Recently renovated, the 338 room hotel evokes the grandeur of a palace, mirroring the historic architecture of the adjacent ancient City Wall. It is located just outside the South Gate of the historic city wall and a convenient walking distance to the famous Bell Tower and bustling shopping area.

About Summit Hotels & Resorts

An acclaimed collection of international hotels and resorts, Summit combines top-tier service and amenities with great value, delivering an exceptional guest experience - allowing travelers to get the most from their destination whether they are staying for business or pleasure. Summit Hotels & Resorts™ is a member of the Preferred Hotel Group™ family of brands, and guests are eligible to enrol in the I Prefer™ Global Guest Benefit Program, with benefits including free Internet access (based on availability, restrictions apply), early check-in/late check-out, space-available upgrades and more. For reservations and a complete description of the Summit Hotels & Resorts collection,

visit www.summithotels.com.

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