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Press Room

12TH SEPTEMBER 2007

GOLDEN TULIP HOTELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WIN FOUR AWARDS FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR “4X4”

GOLDEN TULIP HOTELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WIN FOUR AWARDS FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR “4X4”With an attendance of well over 700 , the four l the MENA award ceremony, the Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns and Resorts for the 4th year in a row won 4 awards for their properties in the MENA Region.

Amersfoort (NL) / Lausanne (Switzerland) 12 September 2007
; Golden Tulip Hospitality is proud to announce the following hotels have been awarded as best leisure hotel, newly opened hotel, best corporate hotel and best value for money hotel.

- Golden Tulip Resort Khasab (Gold award for Best 4 star Leisure Hotel),
- Golden Tulip Resort Dibba (silver award for Best 4 star Newly Open Hotel),
- Tulip In Knowledge Village Hotel (2 Gold awards for best 4 star Corporate Business Hotel and Best Value for Money Hotel).

While the group is strengthening its position in the region, having recently signed up 2 new properties in Dubai and Kuwait, these internationally and regionally recognized awards prove again that the Golden Tulip is by far the leading 4 star hotel chain in the Middle East and Africa.

Hans W.R. Kennedie, President and CEO of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group, comments: “We are pleased to be awarded for the 4th year in a row by one of the world’s and the region’s most recognised awards program and sincerely congratulate our excellent team in the Middle East & North Africa region for a job well done”.

“While the group is launching its new 5 star brand The Royal Tulip, the existing hotels are keeping their standards enabling them to yet again for the fourth consecutive year to receive the coveted awards” adds Kennedie.

Amine E. Moukarzel PhD, Senior Vice President for Golden Tulip MENA, who has been leading his team of managers and executives sees these awards as recognition for the hard work of the team in this ever growing and competitive industry in the area which collects some of the biggest and most respected names in the trade.

“We are proud to win the MENA Awards’ 4 star category awards for the 4th year in a row and look forward to start winning the 5 star category awards starting next year with our newly launched 5 star brand, The Royal Tulip” said Amine Moukarzel.

The Golden Tulip Dibba, a newly opened resort in Dibba Oman, received Silver for the best new four star to open in 2006 while its sister hotel in the same breathtaking Mussandam region was awarded the gold award for the best 4 star Leisure Hotel in the Middle East and North Africa. The Golden Tulip Khasab was also nominated for Best Environmental Hotel during the show that took place in Dubai.

In Dubai, strong as ever was the Tulip Inn Knowledge village who continues to receive awards for the 3rd year in a row, this time won Gold award for Best Corporate Business Hotel as well as a Gold award for Best Value for Money Hotel exceeding many international and local competitors in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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 1957
Fax: +41 21 641 1945
Email:alexandra.alexandropoulou@goldentulip.com

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