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Hilton International Concludes 8 Years of Management
at Jalousie Hilton Resort & Spa, St. Lucia; 
SunSwept Resorts Acquires Interest in Resort

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1 March 2005, Miami – Hilton International announces the decision to sell its interests in Jalousie Hilton Resort and Spa.  The decision, which was reached by mutual agreement with the resort’s owners, marks the end of a successful eight-year management of the property on May 31, 2005.

SunSwept Resorts, whose interests include Le Sport in St Lucia, have acquired the interest of Hilton International with the intent of converting the resort to a Body Holiday similar to Le Sport.

The resort will remain open and fully operational under the management of Hilton International until May 31, 2005, at which time Hilton International will depart and the resort will cease operations under the Hilton brand.  All existing bookings, for travel through May 31, 2005, will be honored.  Guests with reservations beyond May 31, 2005 will be contacted in advance and fully informed of the situation.  Should they still wish to visit the resort, the new operating company will honor the reservations.  Further details regarding the future plans for the resort will be made available by the property’s new owner and operator. 

Hilton International is extremely proud of its long association with St. Lucia and its residents.  The island is a tropical gem offering visitors a natural magnificence and a fascinating culture, with people recognized by their warmth and welcoming disposition. 

Hilton International has a strong portfolio of hotel and resort properties in the Caribbean and will continue to look for opportunities in the region and in St. Lucia.

Hilton Worldwide Resorts has a growing portfolio of 59 resorts with 14 new openings planned over the next two years in Whistler, Evian, Portorossa, Seychelles, Fiji, Western Australia and an Amazon Eco Lodge in Brazil.

Hilton International (HI), an operating division of the UK based Hilton Group plc, owns the rights to the Hilton brand name throughout the world, with the exception of the USA, where the Hilton brand is owned and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC).  HI operates 394 hotels, with some 253 branded Hilton, 141 of which come
under the mid-market Scandic brand.  Under a joint venture agreement, Hilton International and the North American based Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) share responsibility for the Conrad brand, which includes 17 hotels in 12 countries and Hilton Worldwide Resorts which includes 59 properties in 24 countries.


 
Contact:

Karla Visconti
Hilton International, The Americas
Tel: +1 305 774 4534
Email: karla.visconti@hilton.com
www.hiltongroup.com

Michael Bryant
SunSwept Resorts
Tel: +1 758 457 7888
Email: michael@sunsweptresorts.com

Also See: LeSPORT, St. Lucia, Completes a Comprehensive $9 million Refurbishment and Enhancement / Jan 2000 
Rendezvous, St. Lucia, Completing a US$5 million Enhancement Program / November 2002
SunSwept Resorts Names Julian Ayers G.M. At LeSPORT and Philip Cardnell G.M. at Rendezvous / Sept 2000


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