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CHI Hotels and Resorts to operate Corinthia and Wyndham golf resort hotels in Sicily

CHI Hotels and Resorts to operate Corinthia and Wyndham golf resort hotels in Sicily (Forimmediaterelease.net) CHI Hotels and Resorts (CHI) announced the signing of a 20-year management agreement with Italian companies “Off Side srl" and “Sicilia Golf Resort srl" (both acting on the advice of CBRE Hotels Italy), for the operation of two upscale golf resort hotels in Taormina and Catania on the Island of Sicily, Italy. The two resorts, currently under construction and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012, are the Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort and the Wyndham Catania Golf Resort.

Situated on a 616,000-square-meter tract of land in the picturesque Alcantara national park and canyon, within the popular Giardini Naxos area of Taormina, the five-star Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort will feature 130 bedrooms and suites and 158 fully-serviced residential units on four floors, overlooking an international 18-hole golf course and club house. The hotel is ideal for both leisure and corporate travelers and will feature two restaurants, three bars including a juice bar, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health club and spa, and six meeting rooms. The hotel also has parking for 350 cars and is located 1.5 km from the popular Taormina beaches, 35 km from Catania international airport, and about the same distance to the city of Messina.

Taormina has been one of Sicily's top travel destinations since it became part of the European Grand Tour in the 19th century and Sicily's first resort. The romantic town has remnants of its Greek and Roman habitation, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, and modern shops and restaurants. Perched on the side of Monte Tauro and often referred to as the “Sicilian Monte Carlo," Taormina offers fantastic views of the coast and Mt. Etna volcano. Below the town are excellent beaches where one can swim in the clear sea water. It is also famous for its annual arts festival, with plays, concerts, and a film festival held outdoors in the Greek Theater throughout most of the year.

The Sicilia Golf Resort srl-owned, five-star Wyndham Catania Golf Resort, with a massive footprint of over 879,000 square meters, is in the municipality of Carlentini, between the city of Catania and the UNESCO-designated World Heritage city of Syracuse. The hotel will have 192 bedrooms and suites and 224 fully-serviced residential units on three floors overlooking an international 18-hole golf course. This hotel also is ideal for business and leisure travelers and its facilities include two restaurants, three bars, a health club and spa, sauna, Jacuzzi and exercise room, indoor and outdoor pools, gift shop, a golf club house and pro shop, a ballroom and two meeting rooms. It is only 8 km away from Catania international airport and 40 km from the city of Syracuse.

Catania is a renowned port and Sicily’s second largest city after Palermo. It was home to such great artists as the composer Vincenzo Bellini and the writer Giovanni Verga. Catania lies in the shadow of the famous active volcano Mount Etna, a very popular attraction with visitors to this baroque city. Most of Catania's wide streets and majestic palaces were built during the eighteenth century, coincidental to the Bourbon's development of Naples. Further to the south, Syracuse is a historic seaside town that is famous for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, and architecture. Syracuse is a pleasant town, with plenty of activities to occupy visitors, and is also a good base for seeing the southeastern corner of Sicily.

“We are excited at the prospect of taking two of our top brands to Italy for the first time,” said CHI’s chief executive officer and managing director Tony Potter. “With these wonderful projects, we are also adding a new dimension to our operational base - that of including the golf resort business to our already diverse portfolio of hotels. We are a pioneering hotel company with a 45-year track record of operating some of the top award-winning luxury hotels in major cities and resorts around the world. We now look forward to repeating our success story in Italy as well,” concluded Tony Potter.

ABOUT CHI HOTELS&RESORTS (CHI)

Based in Malta, CHI Hotels&Resorts is a leading hands-on hotel management company that provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator and developer for the luxury Corinthia Hotels brand, as well as the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Europe, Africa, and The Middle East. CHI draws on a heritage of over 48 years in delivering high-quality services to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. CHI’s experience extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique to conference and spa hotels. CHI is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (70 percent) and the Wyndham Hotel Group (30 percent).

ABOUT CORINTHIA HOTELS

Corinthia Hotels is an internationally-acclaimed brand of luxury hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Libya, Malta, Portugal, and Russia. Founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s, the Corinthia brand stands in that proud tradition of Mediterranean hospitality, and its signature services communicate the “Warm Smiles, Inspired Flavours, and Pleasant Surprises" of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-the art conference areas, extensive leisure and business traveler facilities, and are each renowned for their uniqueness of character. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg in Russia, and Corinthia Palace Hotel&Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features the splendid Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay in Malta, the superior five-star Corinthia Hotel Tripoli in Libya, and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal. The latest additions to the Corinthia Hotels portfolio are the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London – due to open in early 2011 - and the Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort in Sicily, Italy – due to open in 2012.

ABOUT WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP

Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses nearly 7,100 hotels and 593,300 rooms in 65 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wingate® by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Baymont Inn&Suites®, Microtel Inns&Suites®, Howard Johnson®,
Travelodge®, and Knights Inn®.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels, which are managed by an affiliate or through a joint venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, NJ. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com .

PHOTO: Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort / Image from corinthia.com

MANUEL BRIFFA Phone: +356 2551 1146 Fax: +356 2123 9732 Mobile: +356 9943 2252 Email: mbriffa@corinthia.com Website: www.corinthia.com

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