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The 1,500 room Gaylord National Resort & Convention
Center on the Potomac to Open in March 2008, 
Will Be Largest Largest Hotel and Convention
Center in the Washington DC Area


CHICAGO - Sept. 29, 2004 - Gaylord Hotels today unveiled plans for what will be the largest combined hotel and convention center in the nation's capital region, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac. Situated on a scenic bluff overlooking the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Md., the Gaylord National will be located less than ten miles from the national landmarks and federal buildings of Washington, D.C. Company officials expect the property to open in March, 2008.

"We believe Gaylord National will offer an unmatched entertainment experience to convention and large meetings in the finest location on the Eastern Seaboard," said Jay D. Sevigny, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Gaylord Hotels. "We're confident that the quality and variety of the retail, dining and recreational amenities and grand scale of convention and exhibition space within the property will make the Gaylord National the preferred destination in the nation's capital region."

Situated at the foot of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the 41-acre resort will be convenient to travelers regardless of transportation mode; Gaylord National will be off the I-295/I-95 interchange 15 minutes from Reagan National Airport and a 45-minute drive from Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International airports. Gaylord National's close proximity to the many large associations and national organizations based in the region also should appeal to its target customers.

"Meeting and convention planners give high marks to our resorts in Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth and Nashville, but they have asked us to build a property on the East Coast, as well," said Sevigny. "Our nation's capital attracts more than 33 million visitors annually but it is underserved as a destination market. Gaylord National's location in Prince George's County will enable even the largest associations and organizations to conduct business in our nation's capital and entertain their members in spectacular fashion."

The property will feature:
  • 1,500 luxurious guest rooms, including more than 100 lavish suites;
  • 400,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space;
  • A soaring 18-story glass atrium that will crown the hotel, with spectacular views of national monuments, historic landmarks, and the Potomac River;
  • A private marina offering sailing, fishing and other water sports;
  • Relache, a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with indoor lap pool.
Gaylord National will be part of the planned 200-acre National Harbor development led by The Peterson Companies. Proposals call for waterfront development of 500,000 square feet of unique dining, retail and entertainment along the Potomac River waterfront, including a 2,500-seat theater for live performances. National Harbor plans also include the development of distinctive condominium homes and high quality office space.

About Gaylord Hotels
Gaylord Hotels are capturing the attention of the meetings industry by delivering superior customer service in world-class settings and by having everything in one place. Gaylord Hotels' growing network includes the flagship Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., and Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Gaylord Hotels are owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville.

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Also See: The $480 million Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center Expected to be a Convention Juggernaut; Already Projecting 80% Occupancy in 2005 / March 2004
Arthur Keith Named Senior Vice President, General Manager, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center / January 2004

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