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Jon Zwickel Named Executive Vice-President
of Bellstar Hotels & Resorts
October 3, 2005 - Calgary, Alberta: Bellstar Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the promotion of Jon Zwickel to Executive Vice-President. In this capacity, Jon will spearhead Bellstar's expansion of resort development and management opportunities. He also becomes responsible for the resort operations team and is establishing the company's new procurement department.

Jon brings more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the Bellstar management team. A third generation hotelier, he started his career in his family hospitality business at a very young age. He has been involved in acquiring, developing and managing hotel and resort properties in the Northeastern and Southeastern United States and across Canada.

Jon played a key role in the creation of Canadian Hotel Income Properties (CHIP), Canada's first hotel REIT (TSX:HOT.UN). He has also been involved in a resort development in Honduras as well as consulting to many hotel clients in British Columbia and Central America.

"This is an exciting time for Bellstar and I'm looking forward to bringing even more of our innovative concepts to British Columbia and Alberta," says Zwickel. "No place in Canada offers the wide variety of cultural and recreational experience found here and no company offers such an individual approach to experiencing it all, as does Bellstar. It's exhilarating to be involved with Bellstar's one-of-a-kind approach."

Bellstar is a leading resort manager and developer, with a focus on Western Canada. Its mission is to deliver exception resort experiences. The company manages a collection of boutique resorts and hotels in unique vacation destinations throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Bellstar is about the distinctive experience of each place and of each destination. Each property has its own name, flavour and personality. Consistent between each resort is the desire to help guests explore the destination, a genuine commitment to service, and the company's passion for delivering exceptional resort experiences.

Bellstar is currently expanding operations in Alberta and British Columbia. The expansion strategy focuses on developing or acquiring destination resort condo hotels that couple unique vacation experiences with the opportunity to market competitively advantaged lifestyle real estate. Bellstar also consolidates the vacation rental industry by acquiring management companies that provide critical mass in strategic resort areas.


Bellstar Hotels & Resorts
Direct:  403.313.6375

Also See: Bellstar Appoints Jackie Frederick General Manager for the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Osoyoos, British Columbia / June 2005

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