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Press Room

30TH MAY 2006  (EN DE IT FR NL)

GOLDEN TULIP WELCOMES FIVE HOTELS IN ISRAEL

GOLDEN TULIP WELCOMES FIVE HOTELS IN ISRAELGolden Tulip Hospitality and Fattal Management Hotel Group strengthen their relationship by adding three Golden Tulips and two Tulip Inns in prime leisure destinations in Israel.

Tel Aviv (IL), Amersfoort (NL), Lausanne (CH) 30 May 2006
– Golden Tulip Hospitality and Fattal Hotel Management, a leader in the Israeli hotel industry, are proud to announce the signing of five franchise agreements. All five hotels will be operated by Fattal Hotels and franchised by Golden Tulip.

The hotels are:
Golden Tulip Tiberias- Tiberias
Golden Tulip Ashkelon - Ashkelon
Golden Tulip Negev - Negev
Tulip Inn Sea of Galilee– Sea of Galilee
Tulip Inn Dead Sea – Ein Bokek

Currently Golden Tulip’s portfolio in Israel comprises of nine hotels located in; Jerusalem, Eilat, Tiberias, Ashkelon, Ein Bokek, Be’er Sheva and the Sea of Galilee.

Mr David Fattal, owner of Fattal Hotel Management Group comments: "I am delighted with the addition of these three Golden Tulips and two Tulip Inns to the Israeli hotel landscape. Golden Tulip Hospitality has been an excellent franchise partner since 1999 and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”

Mr Hans Kennedie, President & CEO of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group, adds: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome these hotels into our family. Golden Tulip aims to offer both three and four star category services in prime locations to meet the local demand and with these additions we are a step closer to reaching our goals. Golden Tulip Hospitality Group already franchises three Golden Tulips and one Tulip Inn in Israel. Fattal Hotels is a renowned company in the Israeli hospitality industry and the combination with Golden Tulip has given these existing hotels added value in the international market place. I am confident it will do so as well for the new three Golden Tulips and two Tulip Inns.”


About Fattal Hotel Management

Fattal Hotels (www.fattal.co.il) is the largest hotel chain in Israel, operating 14 hotels under the world's leading brands, such as the Le Meridien & Club Med. The company has 4033 hotel rooms in Israel's central resorts and business centres. Fattal currently employs 3,300 staff members and its annual revenues from hotels are estimated to be over NIS 550 million.

About Golden Tulip Hospitality Group

Golden Tulip Hospitality Group (www.goldentulip.com), with its head office Lausanne, Switzerland, is a worldwide hospitality company with more than 780 hotels, 76.000 rooms in more than 50 countries. The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group franchises and manages hotels in Europe, the Middle East & Africa, the Asian Pacific Region and the Americas. In 2007, Hotels Magazine has ranked this company the 18th largest hotel chain.

As a multi-brand hospitality firm, the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group offers services in the three, four and five star categories. The three-star concept is the Tulip Inn for the limited-service first-class category, the four-star category falls under the Golden Tulip brand for the Superior First-Class business and Resort hotels and the recently introduced five-star concept Royal Tulip. In addition Golden Tulip offers its services through its commercial alliance with TOP International, a German based hotel consortium.

In the fall of 2006, Golden Tulip introduced BRANCHE, Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. This is a free standing restaurant chain, which will have establishments in most Golden Tulip Hotels and Tulip Inns operated by Golden Tulip. (For more information please visit www.brancherestaurants.com)


For more information, please contact:

Golden Tulip Hospitality Group
Alexandra Alexandropoulou
Corporate Communications Manager
World Trade Center
Avenue de Gratta - Paille 2
1000 Lausanne 30 Grey
Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 641 1947
Fax: +41 21 641 1945
Email:alexandra.alexandropoulou@goldentulip.com



Merav Meluban – P.R. Manager
Fattal Hotel Management
Tel: 972-3-5450116
E-mail:merav@shalmor.co.il
Website: www.fattal.co.il


Hotel Information


Golden Tulip Tiberias
The Golden Tulip Tiberias is situated in the heart of the old city of Tiberias, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights, surrounded by all tourist and entertainment attractions. The hotel offers 400 fully equipped bedrooms, three dining rooms, lobby bar, poolside snack bar (summer only). Furthermore the hotel is fully equipped with meeting facilities hosting to up to 350 delegates.

Golden Tulip Ashkelon
The 131-room Golden Tulip Ashkelon is situated at the promenade area, next to the beach and many tourist attractions parallel to the marine. The hotel’s facilities include a main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, a lobby restaurant serving dairy cuisine and an exclusive business lounge. Furthermore the hotel offers meeting facilities for up to 800 delegates, wireless internet, photocopying and faxing.

Golden Tulip Negev
The Golden Tulip Negev is located in the city centre, Gateway to the Negev and the southern part of Israel, close to; Ben Gurion University, Soroka HSP, the law courts, the new shopping centre and with easy access to all industrial complexes of the region. The hotel offers its guests 248 comfortable and modern bedrooms, a Restaurant Mirage for breakfast & dinner, coffee shop, room service available till 11 pm, a pool buffet serving light meals (during summer), Wireless Internet at property and a wide range of health and fitness facilities. Meeting rooms and services are also available fully equipped for up to 350 delegates.

Tulip Inn Sea of Galilee
The Tulip Inn Sea of Galilee offers 100 fully equipped family rooms overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Israel's largest freshwater lake with approximately 53 kilometers (33 miles) in circumference. The hotel offers a lobby, dining room, private beach, marine sports activities and tours around the Galilee and the Golan area.

Tulip Inn Dead Sea

The Tulip Inn Dead Sea offers 96 fully equipped bedrooms and is situated on the shores of the Dead Sea offering its guests a variety of facilities such as Spa and swimming pool, dining room, lobby, convention center for up to 200 delegates and a garden for special events.


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