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Interstate Hotels & Resorts Enters JV with Netherlands-based TVHG Budget
Group Beheer BV to Develop a Nine-hotel Portfolio in the Netherlands


ARLINGTON, VA., September 19, 2011Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the United States’ largest independent hotel management company, today announced that the company has entered into a joint venture with TVHG Budget Group Beheer BV (“TVHG”), through its subsidiary TVHG Budget Group Netherlands trading under the name Dutch Hotel Partners, to invest in a portfolio of nine hotels located across the Netherlands.  Of the nine hotels, one was recently opened, the 112-room Holiday Inn Express Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, and the remaining eight, anticipated to be open by the end of 2012, will be converted from existing buildings to Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn brands.  All nine hotels, comprising approximately 1,800 rooms, will be managed under long-term contracts by Interstate.

“This joint venture marks our entry into the Netherlands and significantly increases our European presence to more than 25 hotels open or in the pipeline,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, Interstate’s chairman and chief executive officer.  “This new alliance illustrates our commitment to aggressive growth in Europe.  We have the infrastructure and an experienced management team in place to oversee our growing portfolio there.”

“TVHG is an experienced, highly regarded hotel developer with an impressive record of hotel development and transactions in the Netherlands and elsewhere,” said Jim Abrahamson, Interstate’s president and COO.  “For the past few years, they have focused on taking advantage of opportunities in the real estate sector by identifying well located, vacant office buildings that represent attractive hotel conversion opportunities to internationally recognized brands.  Nine of those hotels form the basis of this partnership, and the addition of Interstate’s established management platform to this unique joint venture will help fulfill the promise of that plan.”  Abrahamson noted the strength of Interstate’s international platform comes from the company’s long and positive relationships with top-quality brands. “This is our first deal with TVHG and we look forward to building on our relationship as we expand in Europe.”

“Interstate has pioneered the concept of independent hotel management in some of the world’s fastest growing economies and has successfully transplanted that business model to Europe,” said Bart van de Kamp, founder and CEO of TVHG.  “The capabilities they bring, combined with their long, strong track record of superior performance, give us a high degree of confidence in their ability to operate these hotels to their full potential and maximize our returns. With Interstate’s platform and their relationships with top tier brands, we hope to continue our partnership beyond this initial phase in the Netherlands into other markets.”

Several hotels will be located in the Amsterdam area and others in major cities in the Netherlands.  All of the hotels will be situated close to railway stations, airports or along main highways.

“This transaction marks our renewed emphasis on establishing a major presence in Europe.  We are dedicated to both investment and management in key markets throughout Europe,” said Leslie Ng, Interstate’s chief investment officer.  “With the addition of these nine hotels, we have significantly expanded our footprint in Western Europe and are rapidly moving our international growth strategy forward.  Our global pipeline remains active, and we continue to explore additional opportunities worldwide. We look forward to growing our presence with TVHG as a partner.”

About TVHG Budget Group Beeher BV
Based in the Netherlands, The Vincent Hotel Group has been active for over 15 years in the ownership and development of hotels in Europe, with a strong emphasis on its home market, the Netherlands.  The Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport was followed by many other successful transactions completed by the TVHG team. Today the company has active developments with Accor, IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Starwood. For more information please call +31 20 301 22 55.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang, is the United States' leading hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, conference centers and independent hotels worldwide.  The company and its affiliates manage and/or have ownership interests in 330 hotels with more than 60,000 rooms in 39 states, the District of Columbia, China, Russia, India, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, England and the Netherlands. The company has ownership in 56 of those hotels, including six wholly owned assets. Interstate Hotels & Resorts also has executed agreements for 23 hotels with over 4,800 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.

For nearly two decades Interstate Hotels & Resorts has been operating hotels outside of the United States. The company's global hotel management platforms in Western Europe, Russia, India and China provide the resources and infrastructure necessary for comprehensive hotel management operations, sales and marketing, revenue management, e-commerce, procurement, food and beverage operations and technical services for hotel owners and developers seeking a proven and experienced hotel management company.

For additional information contact Interstate’s Senior Vice President, Development-Europe, Aaron Greenman, aaron.greenman@ihrco.com or +32 498127973, or visit the company’s website:  www.ihrco.com.
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Contact:

Jerry Daly, Carol McCune
Media
Daly Gray, Inc.
(703) 435-6293
jerry@dalygray.com

Carrie McIntyre
SVP, Treasurer
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
(703) 387-3320
carrie.mcintyre@ihrco.com




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