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Justin Lanzkron appointed as Development Manager
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November 5, 2004 - The successful launch of Park Plaza Hotels Europe’s franchise offer in July last year has already resulted in several signed agreements and an unprecedented level of enquiries, establishing a need for their development team to grow. 

This month sees the introduction of Justin Lanzkron, who joins the company’s development team as Development Manager.  Justin has a keen development background having worked with hospitality sector real estate specialist consultants HVS International, as Senior Associate in the consultancy team and Analyst prior to that.

Justin completed a Hotel Management degree at Middlesex University, London in 1998 and since then has worked with HVS conducting numerous valuations, feasibility studies, market studies and consulting assignments in the UK, Europe and Asia.

With over a dozen franchising negotiations underway and in the pipeline for the future, re-structuring and expanding the development team has been inevitable.   Only a few months ago, Park Plaza Hotels Europe announced it had granted a sub master franchise to Oak Hospitality, a Swedish based company who plan to expand the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand across Scandinavia through both management and franchise agreements. Justin’s remit will be to support these forthcoming new franchise hotels as well as aggressively targeting more 4-star deluxe hotel companies to join the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand.

Justin’s appointment also seemingly coincides with the opening of Park Plaza Belfast, located at Belfast International Airport. Park Plaza Belfast is Park Plaza Hotels Europe’s first hotel to open in Northern Ireland, following its signed territorial licence agreement with the Fitzwilliam Hotel Group in March 2004.  Park Plaza Belfast will join the Park Plaza network of hotels this month and takes the company’s current UK portfolio to 5 hotels, with another 3 confirmed hotels opening in the UK early 2005.

Commenting on his new role, Justin states:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with Park Plaza Hotels Europe.  I believe that the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand is one of the most dynamic in the industry today, and this, together with its innovative franchise package, makes the role a very exciting one for me.  In recent years, 4-star franchise packages have been few and far between in the European market and Park Plaza has a strong product that fills an identifiable gap for hoteliers seeking a competitive franchise offer.”

President of Park Plaza Hotels Europe, Boris Ivesha, comments:

“Given recent additions to the Park Plaza portfolio and a growing awareness of our unique and unparalleled franchise offer, we are pleased to have a growing team of knowledgeable experts who can oversee our dedicated expansion plans in Europe, Middle East and Africa.”

Justin can be contacted at jlanzkron@parkplazahotels.co.uk, T: +44 (0) 20 7034 4831 or visit www.pphe.com for more information

Park Plaza Hotels Europe is a full-service hotel company providing management, franchise, sales, marketing, reservations, training, procurement, technical, licensing and design services.

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, a global leader in hospitality services, encompassing more than 1,700 hotel, resort, restaurant and cruise ship operations in 82 countries. In addition to Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, specific brands include: Regent International Hotels; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson®; Park Inn® hotels; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises®; Carlson Wagonlit Travel®; T.G.I. Friday's® and other restaurant brands; and Provisions®, a worldwide procurement division.

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Contact:
Julia Stone 
+44 (0) 20 70344 815  
jstone@parkplazahotels.co.uk
www.parkplaza.com
Also See: Wren's Hotel Group and Fitzwilliam Hotel Group Expanding the Park Plaza Brand in Croatia and Ireland / April 2004
Club La Costa Resorts & Hotels Ltd. Putting the Park Plaza Brand on New Resort in Mijas on the Costa del Sol / February 2004


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