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Omni Hotels Planning a $40 Million Transformation and Expansion
 for the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa



October 13, 2006 - Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce a $40 million renovation and expansion plan, beginning in June 2007, to create the premier boutique resort of the Southwest. Centered around a "rustic chic" design, the project incorporates new courtyards, gardens, patios and other features drawing from the desert setting with waterfalls, fire pits, native rock formations and lush desert plantings. When completed in late 2008, the golf resort, country club and spa in Tucson, Ariz., will expand to encompass 239 luxury guest rooms and suites, a newly enhanced 15,000-square-foot spa, two championship golf courses, a new 7,500-square-foot ballroom and a variety of exciting new culinary options.

"We are thrilled to announce the transformation of the Omni Tucson National Resort," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels. "The enhancements will create an unparalleled retreat and the ultimate sensory experience for travelers in the desert Southwest looking for everything from an intimate escape for family or friends to a distinct business setting."

Omni Hotels has partnered with Seaver Franks Architects, based in Tucson; Zebrowksi Design Group, based in Culver City, Calif.; and E-Group, based in Phoenix, Ariz., to take the property to the next level.

The crown jewel of the project is a dramatic arrival experience with sweeping views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. A new main lobby and lounge will welcome guests with spectacular water features, fireplaces and scenic desert landscaping, all set against a backdrop of the nearby mountains and styled in warm Southwestern hues.

Seventy-two new luxury guest rooms will also be added, increasing total guest rooms from 167 to 239, including 28 suites. The elegant guest rooms will offer impressive views of the Sonoran or Catalina golf courses, Santa Catalina Mountains, pool areas or serene courtyards.

As the only Mobil four-star spa in Tucson, the 15,000-square-foot Spa at Omni Tucson National will offer expanded areas for relaxation, treatments and well-being. Additionally, the resort will include the creation of two new dining outlets. From a formal steakhouse to a casual juice bar, guests will be able to choose from a variety of enticing options.

For meeting planners and groups, another significant addition will be the new Grand Ballroom, which will offer six configuration options. The Grand Ballroom will complement the existing Papago and Hopi ballrooms, allowing for increased meeting and conference space.

Golfers will enjoy Tucson's top country club with a state-of-the-art clubhouse and renovated men's and women's locker rooms. A new pro shop will also allow for easier access to the championship golf courses. In January 2006, the resort took the first step in its transformation with the opening of its second 18-hole golf course. Designed by veteran PGA Tour professional and 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the desert-style Sonoran Course continues to heighten the golf experience, making Omni Tucson National a must-play destination for golfers. Lehman also redesigned two holes on the championship Catalina Course, which has been home to countless PGA Tour and NCAA events, including the prestigious Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

About Omni Hotels

Omni Hotels creates compelling, memorable guest experiences by tempting the senses in innovative ways, surrounding them with a balanced blend of scents, sounds, sights, textures and tastes. Omni Hotels is proud to be ranked "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index(SM)*. Omni Hotels offers luxury accommodations at 40 hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each location features four-diamond services, including award-winning signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique fitness options. Omni's mission for total customer service is further supported by its "Power of One" program that empowers associates to make on-the-spot decisions to meet or exceed guest expectations. Guests can locate hotels and book accommodations by visiting http://www.omnihotels.com/ or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

* The study is based on responses from 42,211 guests who stayed in a hotel between January and June 2006. Thirteen upscale hotel chains were ranked in the study. http://www.jdpower.com/

Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa;
Chaya Donne, Director of Sales &Marketing
+1-520-297-2271,
cdonne@omnihotels.com
http://www.omnihotels.com
 


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