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 Barceló Hotels & Resorts Appoints Anthony G. Stone
as Director of Sales, North America  

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Miami, January 4, 2006 – Barceló Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of Anthony G. Stone as Director of Sales.  He joins Fiona Taylor, Linda Finley and Rick McCauley as Barceló continues to enhance its North American sales and marketing team.  In this position, Mr. Stone will be an integral part of the Barceló sales and marketing team that serves the travel industry trade representing Barceló Hotels & Resorts that are located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  Mr. Stone is headquartered in Cleveland, OH and can be reached at: a.stone@barcelo.com.  
 
Mr. Stone’s appointment comes in conjunction with the December 23rd opening of the five-star Barceló Maya Tropical Beach & Colonial Beach hotels.  These two new luxury hotels join the existing two properties to comprise the largest all-inclusive beachfront resort and conference center on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.   The Company also recently acquired the La Jolla de Mismaloya Hotel in Puerto Vallarta.  In addition, Barceló Hotels and Resorts is placing a growing emphasis on marketing its Punta Cana, Dominican Republic resort to US travelers.

Mr. Stone brings more than 20 years of hospitality industry sales experience.  He joins Barceló from Occidental Hotels & Resorts where he was National Director of Tour and Travel Sales.  Prior to that position, Mr. Stone was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Marc Resorts, HI, and Director of Sales for Astor Hotels and Resorts, HI.  He has also held executive positions with Regal Travel, and United Airlines.  Mr. Stone is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Management.  
 
“We welcome Tony to the Barceló Hotels & Resorts team as we continue to grow our sales presence in North America,” said Oscar Serrano, Commercial Director, Barceló Hotels & Resorts.  “Tony’s excellent reputation in the tour and travel industry is a tremendous asset to Barceló as we grow to become a leading brand in North America.  With more than 30 first-class, all-inclusive hotels and resorts throughout Mexico, Latin American and the Caribbean, we have some of the most extensive inventory in the region.  We are confident that Tony’s expertise will help us provide first-class service and access to facilitate sales through the travel industry,” added Serrano.
 
About Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Barceló Hotels and Resorts is among the world’s top 30 largest hospitality and travel companies.  Barceló was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931 first as a transportation company, and then as a hotel and travel company.  It is a family owned, privately held hospitality company renowned for more than 70 years of service excellence and innovative spirit in the tourism industry.
 
The Company owns, manages or franchises hotels in 16 countries with more than 28,000 rooms worldwide.  Barceló Hotels and Resorts are found in key European cities and resorts, in North America, Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers from budget-minded to upscale guests.  The resorts provide all-inclusive vacation programs making vacation planning and holiday enjoyment easy.

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Contact:

Gayle MacIntyre
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
Public Relations
404-643-8222
g.macintyre@barcelo.com

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Also See: Highland Hospitality Acquires the 332-room Tucancun Beach Resort & Villas, in Cancun for $31.0 million; Barcelo Hotels Will Manage as an All-inclusive Resort Under the Barcelo Brand Name / April 2005
Kimpton's Acquisition Fund Acquires First Property, the Former Radisson Barcelo Hotel in Washington D.C.; Hotel Will Receive $32 million Renovation to Transform to Hotel Palomar / July 2005


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