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Douglas E. Artusio, Chairman and CEO of Dellisart Lodging, Receives
Dean’s Award from Niagara University College of Hospitality
and Tourism Management
ALPHARETTA, Ga., October 18, 2005—Officials of Dellisart Lodging, a hotel ownership, management, development and acquisition group,  today announced that Douglas E. Artusio, chairman and CEO, has received the Dean’s Award from Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Artusio is a graduate of Niagara University’s School of Travel. 

“I have long felt that by giving back to institutions of higher learning, we lay the necessary groundwork that later translates into a high level of professionalism and commitment to our industry,” Artusio said.  “It’s an honor to be recognized by my alma mater.  I hope that other professionals within the hospitality industry continue to contribute their time and expertise toward the development of the hoteliers of tomorrow.”

Artusio was honored for his personal involvement in university activities, including educating and interacting with students, developing internships, speaking in classes and participating in the college’s annual Alumni Career Days program.

“Doug’s willingness and desire to share his expertise with our students is unprecedented,” said Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of the college.  “I have never worked with anyone who has done so much to ensure an outstanding learning experience for our students.”

Niagara University offered the world’s first bachelor’s degree in tourism, which became the 7th accredited tourism program in the country.  The nationally ranked school is a founding member of the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, a worldwide organization comprised of 10 hotel schools that work with the 430 five-star Leading Hotels of the World, and is a recipient of the Institutional Achievement Award from the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Dellisart Lodging is an owner, acquirer, manager and developer of nationally branded, quality hotels throughout the United States.  The company currently is a ownership partner and manages two Staybridge Suites in the Chicago suburban market.  In the pipeline are the Staybridge Suites Houston Energy Corridor, which is due to open in mid-November 2005, and the Wingate Inn, scheduled to open in January 2006.  The Staybridge Suites in Tallahassee, Fla. is a management contract due to open in the spring of 2006.  Dellisart Lodging is developing several new properties on the drawing board for 2006 and 2007, including the 206-room, 19-story, Staybridge Suites in Downtown Chicago.  

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Contact:

Chris Daly
 Ph: 703-435-6293

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Also See: Dellisart Lodging LLC Forms Joint Venture to Manage Hotels in China; Signs First Two Management Contracts / October 2005
Dellisart Lodging Planning $66 Million of New Hotel Development Projects / October 2004

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