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Rezidor to Manage Biggest Hotel Chain in Baltics

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The Rezidor Hotel Group has signed a management agreement with the Norwegian real estate developer Linstow for 10 Reval Hotels in the Baltics (Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania) and in Russia.

 The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow will come into effect on 1 June 2010 and includes 3 hotels in Riga, 2 hotels in Tallinn, 2 hotels in Vilnius, and 1 hotel in each Kaunas, Klaipeda and St. Petersburg adding a total of 2,367 rooms to Rezidors portfolio. 6 hotels will be rebranded as Radisson Blu and 4 as Park Inn.

Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor, said, Reval Hotels is the leading hotel chain in the Baltics. This portfolio agreement gives Rezidor, which is the number one among the international hotel operators in Russia, a strong market position in the Baltics, too. We will be able to substantially strengthen our position in the key markets of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, where we already are present with our upper upscale brand Radisson Blu and a total of 760 rooms.

Rezidor will open a new supervisory and support Regional Office in Riga, while Linstow will continue to own and develop the properties. All 1,200 hotel employees will remain in their present positions, and there will be no change in terms of employment, benefits or employee relations. Corporate accounts will maintain the same contracted rates as signed, while Reval Hotels First Client members will have an opportunity to enjoy global benefits by joining Rezidors loyalty program goldpointsplus.

Per Mortensen, CEO of Linstow, said, After developing and building up the Reval Hotels chain in the Baltics, Linstow now wishes to focus on its core role as a real estate developer and real estate investor. As an internationally renowned hotel player in expansion, Rezidor has a very strong sales organization and presence with well known brands in all markets outside the Baltics and St. Petersburg that are important to bring new customers to our hotels. The management deal therefore assures further revenue growth for our hotels in both the Baltics and Russia. This will happen through, among other things, more effective marketing of the hotels.

The agreement between Rezidor and Linstow, subject to regulatory approval, covers the following properties:

Reval Hotel Latvija in Riga/Latvia (571 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
Reval Hotel Elizabete in Riga/Latvia (228 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
Reval Hotel Ridzene in Riga/Latvia (95 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
Reval Hotel Olympia in Tallinn/Estonia (390 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
Reval Hotel Central in Tallinn/Estonia (245 rooms) will become a Park Inn
Reval Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius/Lithuania (291 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu
  Reval Inn Vilnius in Vilnius/Lithuania (84) will become a Park Inn
Reval Hotel Neris in Kaunas/Lithuania (206 rooms) will become a Park Inn
Reval Inn Klaipeda in Klaipeda/Lithuania (84 rooms) will become a Park Inn
Reval Hotel Sonya in St Petersburg/Russia (173 rooms) will become a Radisson Blu and be Rezidors second property of this brand in town.

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