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Albert Mertz Apointed General Manager of 
Mandarin Oriental, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 22, 2005 — Wolfgang Hultner, CEO, The Americas, Mandarin Oriental Management (USA) Inc., has announced the appointment of Albert Mertz as General Manager of  Mandarin Oriental, Riviera Maya, Mexico which is scheduled to open in December 2005. 

Mertz was instrumental in the successful opening of Mandarin Oriental, Miami, where he held the dual role of Resident Manager and Director of Food & Beverage for the past four years.  His leadership helped earn the hotel, and its fine dining restaurant Azul, the 2004/2005 AAA Five Diamond award -- the only hotel in Miami to be honored in both categories.

“Albert Mertz’ opening expertise, in addition to his bicultural background and solid operational skills will prove invaluable for Mandarin Oriental’s first hotel opening in Latin America at the end of 2005,” Hultner said.

Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mertz was the Hotel Manager of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and a Corporate Trainer for Ritz Carlton properties around the world.  Mertz’s career spans 15 years in the hotel industry and includes pre-opening and opening experience at luxury properties in America, Asia, Japan, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.

About Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico

Due to open in December 2005, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico will be a luxurious hideaway set along 36 acres of lush, tropical jungle that meets the white, sandy beaches of the unspoiled Yucatan coastline. A naturalist’s paradise, this exclusive 128-villa resort and spa will include protected mangrove reserves, crystal-clear water from naturally formed lagoons, highlighted by a spectacular cenote, a deep, freshwater lake, sacred to the ancient Mayan.  The 20,000 square foot Spa will set new standards of holistic well-being offering rejuvenating experiences that soothe, heal, restore and revitalize. Alfresco dining and a host of restaurants and bars with spectacular ocean views will feature eclectic, contemporary cuisine. Guests will also have access to two 18-hole championship golf courses, located within a five mile radius of the resort. Located just 42 kilometers south of Cancun and a 30 minute drive from Cancun International Airport, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico will set a new standard of luxury in Latin America and around the world.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 21 luxury hotels with a further five under development in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Riviera Maya, Mexico (2005), Prague (2006) and Boston (2007). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, some 8,000 rooms in 14 countries with 12 hotels in Asia, nine in The Americas and five in Europe.

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Contact:

Alexandra Wensley
Director of Communications
US Tel: (212) 399 3938 xt 27
E-mail: awensley@mohg.com
www.mandarinoriental.com

Also See: Over the Next Three Years, the InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental and Regent International Hotel Chains Opening Hotels in Boston; Each Have a Luxury Condo Component / November 2004
DEMA Names Mandarin Oriental to Manage a 128-villa Resort and Spa Under Development on the Riviera Maya, Mexico / February 2004
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to Manage the 142 villa Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand / February 2004


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