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AUSTIN'S HISTORIC DRISKILL HOTEL JOINS ASSOCIATED LUXURY HOTELS INTERNATIONAL

AUSTIN, Texas July 16, 2007 – The legendary Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas recently was invited to join the prestigious hotel collection, Associated Luxury Hotels International. With more than 20 years of professional meeting service experience, Associated Luxury Hotels holds a worldwide membership of more than 100 luxury Four and Five Diamond/Star hotels and resorts across the globe for all types of meeting programs. The Driskills partnership with Associated Luxury Hotels will allow them to easily access an industry advisory council that includes some of the most respected meeting planners in the United States. It also will expand their sales network across the country and give them the ability to participate in cooperative marketing programs that will expand their reach beyond the Southwest. The Driskill also will have the opportunity to participate in Associated Luxury Hotels industry events. The 189-room Driskill Hotel is home to the five-star Driskill Grill restaurant as rated by the Austin American-Statesman; the bustling 1886 Cafe and Bakery noted by the 2007 Zagat Survey as featuring Austins Best New American Cuisine; the quintessential Texas-style lobby lounge; along with a state of the art fitness studio and massage treatment rooms. The property offers more than 18,080 square feet of meeting and function space including the new Victorian Room located on the historic side of the hotel at the corner of 6th and Brazos; a space that dates back to 1886. This historic space has been the site of Austin’s first bank and television station. Today, it can host up to 190 guests for meetings, receptions and special events. Built in 1886, the Driskill has been renovated numerous times over the years including a $35 million restoration in 2000 adding modern luxuries and repositioning the property as a high quality, top-rated hotel. The hotel originally was developed by a successful cattle rancher, Jesse Driskill, who envisioned a luxurious grand hotel to serve the Texas state capitol. Over the years, The Driskill has hosted inaugural balls for many Texas Governor and lavish events for international dignitaries. It was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson who held many election night events at The Driskill and where he took the future Lady Bird Johnson on their first date. Associated Luxury Hotels enables planners to gain easy access to The Driskill and its outstanding award-winning portfolio for meetings and incentive programs by one-call to their professionally staffed national Sales Network. Associated Luxury Hotels has 12 National Sales Offices, with locations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York City, Orlando and Philadelphia. “ALHI makes my job easier when I’m trying to identify the right four or five star properties for my meetings and events,” said Emily Crites, event manager for Institute of Healthcare Improvement. “The relationship with ALHI provides me with additional leverage during negotiations. ALHI offers a number of exceptional hotels to choose from like The Driskill. I know that when I’m choosing an ALHI property my group attendees are guaranteed both excellent customer service and a unique location.” The Driskill joins other Associated Luxury Hotels International members including the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Disneyland in California, InterContinental London Park Lane in London, InterContinental Paris Le Grand in Paris, Halekulani in Honolulu, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, La Costa Resort & Spa in San Diego, and The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado.For more information about Associated Luxury Hotels, please contact the Luxury Group Desk at (866) 303-ALHI or visit www.alhi.com

The Driskill Hotel is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 11 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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