Delta Hotels Announces New Resort Property in Kelowna



    Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre Set to Open in
    October 2008

    TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Delta Hotels will continue the expansion of its
resort property portfolio with the October opening of the Delta Grand Okanagan
Resort and Conference Centre in Kelowna, British Columbia. The resort combines
259 guest rooms in two towers, along with 37 vacation timeshare and
23 vacation condominium units, and 71 private residence units.
    The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort is located on more than 7 acres of prime
lakefront property in the heart of British Columbia's burgeoning Okanagan
Valley wine region, which is a popular destination for wine lovers and golfers
alike. The hotel property is one of the largest in the region, and features a
full service restaurant, the Grand Bay Café; an expansive health spa and
fitness centre; an indoor/outdoor pool with sundeck; and 25,000 square feet of
conference space and an outdoor lakeview feature area for private functions
and weddings.
    "The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort is Delta's seventh property in British
Columbia," explained Hank Stackhouse, President and COO of Delta Hotels. "This
market is a key area of expansion for Delta and its customers. We believe this
incredible resort property will be an exciting addition to the Delta brand."
    The property, which was built in 1992 and expanded in 1999, is currently
known as the Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort and Conference Centre. The resort
will receive more than $7 million in capital refurbishments over the next
three years to upgrade the hotel and amenities.
    "Kelowna has been identified as a strategic market for Delta's expansion
effort," said Gordon Johnson, Regional Vice President, B.C. Region, Delta
Hotels. "B.C. is a thriving travel market. We will have two major openings in
the second half of 2008, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and the Delta
Burnaby. Both properties are in areas that are experiencing rapid growth, and
we want to be able to offer our guests an option to stay with Delta when they
travel to either region."
    Delta will take possession of the hotel starting in late August, with the
hotel transitioning to a fully Delta-managed hotel in early October. The hotel
will remain open during this transition period, continuing as an independent
hotel and guests will be able to take full advantage of the resort's services
and amenities throughout the summer season.
    "This is a great opportunity for Delta to become the premier travel
destination in one of Canada's hottest travel districts," said Johnson. "We
can't wait to open the doors and welcome guests to Delta in the Okanagan
Valley."

    About Delta Hotels

    A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels operates and
franchises a diversified portfolio with more than 40 full-service, city centre
and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand. Widely regarded as
Canada's "brand of choice" by guests and owners, Delta Hotels also
distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the only hotel company to
have been recognized for its sustained focus on business excellence by the
prestigious National Quality Institute with three Canada Awards for
Excellence, including the award program's highest honour, the Order of
Excellence (2007). The company also consistently ranks as one of the country's
best employers in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business annual "50 Best
Employers" list (2001-2003, 2005-2008). As well, its corporate social
responsibility platform, Delta Cares, includes chain-wide participation in the
Hotel Associations of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating program and in
Adopt-a-Shelter, as well as various partnerships with charitable
organizations. For more information, visit www.deltahotels.com.





For further information:

For further information: Sandy Indig, Delta Hotels, Office: (416)
874-2018, Cell: (416) 409-0649, sindig@deltahotels.com; Rachel Thexton, Media
Profile Vancouver, Office: (604) 609-6153, Cell: (604) 729-1448,
rachel@mediaprofile.com

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