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 Dieter Huckestein, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
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Hospitality Industry's Top Honor Bestowed by the
American Academy of Hospitality Sciences 
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - March 31, 2006 -- The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector, has awarded its distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award to Dieter Huckestein, president & CEO of Yellowstone Club World. The Award was presented earlier this month at the International Hotel & Restaurant Association's 60th Anniversary Dinner, sponsored by BBC World in Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and ITB. 

Joseph Cinque, president of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, noted, "Dieter has been the face of global hospitality and his numerous contributions to the hospitality industry are parallel to none -- therefore, on behalf of the Academy and its board, it gives me great pleasure to honor Dieter with this award." Mr. Cinque continued, "Now, with the Yellowstone Club World, Dieter is at the helm of an organization offering the ultimate in luxury -- no doubt, redefining luxury, in the process." 
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Joseph Cinque, President of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (left),
presents Dieter Huckestein, President & CEO of Yellowstone Club World with the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Maritim Hotel Berlin on March 8th, 2006.
(Photo: Business Wire)
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The Lifetime Achievement Award is a prestigious recognition bestowed to recognize and celebrate outstanding hoteliers for their stellar contributions to the global hospitality industry -- honoring a leader who has gained distinction through significant and long-standing contributions to the hospitality industry, and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and skill. Previous recipients of this special award include Mr. Robert Burns (Founder, Regent International Hotels), Mr. Bernd Chorengel (President & CEO, Hyatt International), Mr. Horst Shulze (President, Ritz Carlton Hotel Company), Mr. Isadore Sharp (President & CEO, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts) and Mr. Georg R. Rafael (President, Rafael Group). The Academy is the only international organization that awards excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. 

Huckestein, a 35-year lodging and hospitality industry veteran, joined Yellowstone Club World earlier this year, where he currently oversees the existing Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Mont., as well as all operations, marketing and development of the soon-to-be launched Yellowstone Club World, an exclusive portfolio of private resort destinations located in unique and memorable vacation destinations around the world. Previously with Hilton Hotels Corporation, Huckestein most recently served as chairman and chief executive officer of Conrad Hotels, the luxury brand in the Hilton Family of Brands, and as president of the Hilton Global Alliance. 

"It is indeed an honor to receive this award, especially following such prominent hospitality industry icons as Bernd Chorengel, Horst Shulze and Isadore Sharp -- all of whom I personally hold in high regard," said Huckestein. "I believe the best is yet to come in my career as I'm truly excited to introduce the Yellowstone Club World in a couple of months, as we unveil the world's `Perfect Ten` destinations around the globe, coupled with its accompanying caliber of luxury amenities and services like the yachts and private jets available for our members." 

Yellowstone Club World is the first multi-national group of privately owned, ultra-exclusive resort destinations. Like the Yellowstone Club in Montana -- the world's only private ski and golf community -- Yellowstone Club World is being developed to afford its members access to luxuriously appointed resort residences in some of the most beautiful, legendary and exotic vacation locations worldwide. Included among the coveted destinations planned for Yellowstone Club World are an expansive 800 year old Chateau on a 1,200 acre estate located just outside Paris; luxurious beachfront casitas nestled along two miles of pristine, sugar-sand beaches flanked by a private, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed championship golf course set within a 2,040-acre nature reserve on Mexico's breathtaking Pacific Coast; and a new Tom Weiskopf-designed private golf course and club to be developed in St. Andrews, Scotland -- the legendary home of golf. Membership in the exclusive Yellowstone Club World will be available by invitation only with membership fees starting at USD$4 million.

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Contact:

Yellowstone Club World
Ammal Alsree-Agustin, 310-285-2000
aalsree@ywemail.com

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Also See: Dieter Huckestein Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Yellowstone Club World, LLC. / March 2006
The International Hotel & Restaurant Association Elects New Board of Directors; Dieter Huckestein, Chairman & CEO, Conrad Hotels, Elected President / December 2005


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