Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Announces Its Expansion into the United Kingdom Where It Will Operate 20 Hotels

    Spain-based Barcelo Hotels & Resorts has arrived at an agreement by which
    it will manage the prestigious Paramount Hotel chain, consisting of 20
    and five star properties throughout Great Britain.

    MIAMI and PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, Aug. 24 /CNW/ -- Barcelo Hotels &
Resorts today announced an agreement with Dawnay Shore Hotels PLC, the owner
of the Paramount Hotel chain, to manage the company's 20 hotels throughout the
United Kingdom.  Beginning this September, Barcelo will be the management
company of record for the chain of four and five star hotels located
throughout England, Scotland and Wales.  This is Barcelo's first move into the
British hotel market, and could lead to further expansion throughout the UK.
Barcelo presently operates hotels and resorts in 15 countries worldwide.
    The hotels in the Paramount portfolio that will be managed by Barcelo

    -- Paramount Angel Hotel, 102 rooms, Cardiff, Wales
    -- Paramount Imperial Hotel, 151 rooms, Torquay, South England
    -- Paramount Redworth Hall Hotel, 143 rooms, Durham, North England
    -- Paramount Hotel Daventry, 155 rooms, Northamptonshire, Central England
    -- Paramount Hinckley Island Hotel, 349 rooms, Birmingham, Central England
    -- Coombe Grove Manor Hotel, 42 rooms, Bath, South England
    -- Paramount Basingstoke Hotel, 100 rooms, Hampshire, South England
    -- The Paramount Old Ship Hotel, 152 rooms, Brighton, South England
    -- Paramount Palace Hotel, 122 rooms, Buxton, North England
    -- Paramount Cheltenham Park Hotel, 152 rooms, Central England
    -- Shrigley Hall Hotel, 150 rooms, Cheshire, North England
    -- Lygon Arms Hotel, 69 rooms, Broadway, Central England
    -- Paramount Walton Hall Hotel, 130 rooms, Stratford, Central England
    -- Paramount Imperial Hotel, 180 rooms, Blackpool, North England
    -- Paramount Majestic Hotel, 156 rooms, Harrogate, North England
    -- Billesley Manor, 72 rooms, Stratford upon Avon, Central England
    -- Paramount Oxford Hotel, 168 rooms, Oxford, Central England
    -- Paramount Carlton Hotel, 189 rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland
    -- Paramount Marine Hotel, 89 rooms, Troon, Scotland
    -- Paramount Stirling Highland Hotel, 96 rooms, Stirling, Scotland
    Although this is Barcelo's first move into the UK market, the Barcelo
brand is well-known to UK travelers who have enjoyed staying at Barcelo Hotels
and Resorts throughout Europe and Latin America.  Each of the UK hotels will
become part of the Barcelo Premium brand.  Many of the properties are located
in historic buildings and all contain contemporary amenities and services for
business and leisure travelers.
    The agreement with Dawnay Shore Hotels has been implemented by means of a
long-term rental contract of 45 years and is part of Barcelo's strategic
growth strategy throughout Europe. Barcelo intends to maintain the current
structure and management team of the UK hotels.
    Following this agreement, Barcelo becomes the leading Spanish-owned hotel
company in Great Britain, and the UK becomes Barcelo's third largest country
of operation, behind Spain and the US. With this agreement, Barcelo surpasses
150 hotels worldwide, meeting its growth objective through the end of 2007
several months early.

    The geographical distribution of Barcelo Hotels is as follows:

    Area                              Country          Number of hotels
    EUROPE & MEDITERRANEAN BASIN      Spain                 50
                                      United Kingdom        20
                                      Turkey                 3
                                      Bulgary                1
                                      Czech Republic         1
                                      Tunisia                1
                                      Morocco                1
                                      SUBTOTAL                      77
    NORTH AMERICA - Crestline
     Hotels & Resorts                 USA                   45
                                      SUBTOTAL                      45
    CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA           Mexico                11
                                      Dominican Republic    10
                                      Costa Rica             5
                                      Cuba                   3
                                      Ecuador                1
                                      Nicaragua              1
                                      Uruguay                1
                                      SUBTOTAL                      32
    TOTAL                                                          154
    About Dawnay Shore Hotels PLC:
    Paramount Group of Hotels was established in 1994 and was acquired by
Dawnay Shore Hotels Plc in July 2004.  Following further acquisitions it now
owns and operates 20 four and five-star hotels across Scotland, Northern
England, Central England, Southern England and Wales, including the Lygon Arms
in the Cotswolds, the Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh, The Marine in Troon, The
Majestic in Harrogate, The Imperial in Torquay, The Imperial in Blackpool and
the Oxford Hotel in Oxford. These all trade under the Paramount brand of
distinction. The hotels offer extensive banqueting, conference and leisure
facilities and many of them have architectural and historical significance.
The Group has over 2,872 bedrooms and around 20,000 square metres of
conference and meeting rooms and offers extensive facilities to both corporate
and leisure guests.
    About Barcelo Hotels & Resorts:
    The Barcelo Hotels & Resorts chain, the first hotel division of Barcelo
Corporacion Empresarial, is one of Spain's leading chains and one of the top
28 in the world. It currently has 154 hotels and over 38,000 rooms in 15
countries. Its offer includes holiday resorts and city hotels trading as
Barcelo Premium (top category), Barcelo (middle-high) and Barcelo Comfort (low
budget). In this regard, we would highlight that 9 out of 10 hotels are in the
top two categories.

    For further details:

    Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, US
    Gayle MacIntyre

    Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
    Dtor. Comunicacion: Alvaro Pacheco
    Jose Rover Motta, 27
    07006 Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
    Tel.: (+34) 971.77.17.00
    Movil: (+34) 649.87.89.87
    E mail:

For further information:

For further information: Gayle MacIntyre, US, +1-404-643-8222,, or Dtor. Comunicacion: Alvaro Pacheco, 
+34-971-77-17-00, Movil, +34-649-87-89-87,, both of 
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