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Barceló Hotels & Resorts Adds 21 New Hotels in 2005
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Palma de Majorca - January 4, 2006.  During the course of 2005, Barceló Hotels & Resorts has added a total of 21 new hotels, which, along with existing holdings, increases the companyís portfolio as of December 31, 2005 to 115 hotels and 29,278 rooms, distributed throughout 13 countries.
  • The chain will end the fiscal year with a total of 115 hotels and more than 29,000 rooms in 13 countries.
  • The company has increased its 4 and 5 star hotels from 68% of holdings in 2000 to 86% in 2005.
  • These additions are in line with the ambitious expansion plan of Barceló Hotels & Resorts, which envisions 150 establishments by the end of 2007, and 200 in 2010
This spectacular rate of openings is in line with the chainís ambitious expansion plan, which intends to raise the number of holdings to 150 hotels by the end of 2007 and to 200 in 2010.  To reach these goals, the chain has signed contracts for the addition of 32 new establishments in the next 2 years, while at the same time exploring other projects, primarily in Spain, the European capitals, the Mediterranean basin, and the Caribbean.

Thanks to this rapid growth, Barceló Hotels & Resorts has been able in just 5 years to considerably improve the quality of its offerings, increasing its 4 and 5 star hotels from 68% of holdings in 2000 to 86% in 2005.  The groupís aim is to focus on the middle-upper segment of the market that responds to the demands of its clientele, who basically are families with children, businessmen and businesswomen, conventions and incentives, and enthusiasts of golf and health and beauty tourism.

21 hotels added in 2005

Hotel Country Type of Contract Opened
Barceló Costa Vasca  Spain  Renting  April, 05
Barceló Envía Golf  Spain  Management  May, 05
Barceló Cabo de Gata  Spain  Management (MPF)* May, 05
Barceló Aranjuez  Spain  Management (MPF)*  May, 05
Barceló Jandía Mar  Spain  Management (MPF)*  June, 05
Barceló Costa Ballena  Spain  Management  July, 05
Barceló Barcelona Golf  Spain  Renting  July, 05
Barceló Jandía Golf  Spain  Management (PMF)* July, 05
Barceló Monasterio Boltaña  Spain  Management  July, 05
Barceló Cónsul del Mar  Spain  Management  September, 05
Barceló Festa Sofía  Bulgaria  Management  November, 05
Barceló La Jolla de Mismaloya  Mexico Property  November, 05
Barceló Montecastillo  Spain  Management (MP)**  December, 05
Barceló Maya Colonial  Mexico  Property  December, 05
Barceló Maya Tropical  Mexico  Property  December, 05
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
Hilton Garden Inn Albany  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
Sheraton Annapolis  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
Sheraton Reston  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
Wyndham Palm Springs  USA  Franchise (BC)***  2005
total
21
MPF*: minority property, agreement with Fadesa
MP**: 50% property
BC***: operated by Barceló Crestline


About Barceló Hotels & Resorts:
The chain Barceló Hotels & Resorts, which is the hotel division of Barceló Corporación Empresarial (Barceló Business Corporation), is one of Spainís leading hotel chains and within the top 32 in the world. It currently has 115 hotels and nearly 30,000 rooms in 13 countries. Its offer includes resort and city hotels trading under the brands Barceló Premium (top category), Barceló (medium-high) and Barceló Comfort (economy hotels).

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Contact:

Barceló Hotels & Resorts
Communications Dir: Álvaro Pacheco 
Phone: (34) 971.77.17.00
E mail: comunicacion@barcelo.com
Internet: www.barcelo.com

Also See: The 196- room Sheraton Annapolis Acquired by Highland Hospitality Corporation for Approximately $18.0 million, or $91,800 per Room / February 2005
Crestline Hotels & Resorts Named by Owner Highland Hospitality Corporation to Manage the 410 room Wyndham Palm Springs / July 2005

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