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 Paul van Wijk Named Managing Director of Dolce La Hulpe
Brussels Hotel, Resort & Conference Destination
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Sleekly Modern Conference Resort to Open February 2007
 
Montvale, NJ (July 17, 2006) – Dolce International, a leader in the conference center industry and hospitality management, appointed Paul van Wijk managing director of Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Hotel, Resort & Conference Destination in La Hulpe outside of Brussels, scheduled to open in February 2007.   In his new position, Mr. van Wijk will oversee an extensive renovation and expansion of the former IBM training center and its reflagging as a Dolce full-service hotel, resort and conference destination.  He will also be responsible for the operational launch of Dolce La Hulpe Brussels, and its positioning as a trendy locale for business meetings as well as leisure visits.  Dolce acquired the management contract for the property last year.
 
Mr. van Wijk joins Dolce with more than 35 years in the hotel industry. Most recently, he was vice president and area general manager for Warwick International Hotels.  Previously, he served as general manager for the former Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg (currently InterContinental Hotel), the Royal Windsor in Brussels and the Warwick Hotel in New York City, respectively.  Prior to that, he was executive assistant manager at the Four Seasons Hotel in London.  Originally from The Netherlands, Mr. van Wijk began his career with Hilton Hotels, first as a management trainee at the Amsterdam Hilton; and for the subsequent nine years, he held various posts within Hilton Hotels in London, Brussels, Kuwait City and Düsseldorf.
 
Conveniently located just under 10 miles from Brussels Zaventem International Airport and Brussels city center in the Soignes forest, the ultra modern Dolce La Hulpe will offer 264 generously-sized guest rooms.  Two conference centers will offer a total of 47,000 square feet of meeting space offering 36 meeting rooms, 4 auditoriums (largest 484 seats) and 7,760 square feet exhibition space,.   Recreational activities will include a spa with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, fitness center and massage and beauty treatments. In addition, Dolce La Hulpe Brussels will provide an a la carte restaurant, a main dining room for 420 people, several private dining rooms and banquet facilities, and two bars. Offering the very latest in communication technology, the property’s meeting spaces will be equipped with high speed wired and wireless internet access, ergonomic meeting chairs and networking areas.

About Dolce International:
Dolce International is a global hospitality company specializing in the meetings experience for its customers. The company has a collection of 21 unique properties in the United States, Canada and Europe.  Each property features a different style ranging from a historic castle, to an authentic alpine village, to a New England-style country resort, to a French chateau, to a traditional corporate learning center.  All Dolce Destinations meet the high standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).  While Dolce International specializes in the meetings niche of the hospitality industry, the company also caters to leisure travelers, individual business travelers and offers a variety of venues for events.  Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and Paris, France, the company has approximately 3,000 employees.  Dolce is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

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Contact:

Barbara Rogers
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Phone: (201) 505-4413 
e-mail: barbara.rogers@dolce.com
www.dolce.com
 

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Also See: Dolce Awarded Management Contract for the Former IBM Training Center in La Hulpe near Brussels; Following Renovation and Expansion the 264 room Property Will Reopen as the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels / September 2005


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