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Corinthia changes GDS code; set to open in Algeria
February 2007 11

CORINTHIA Hotels International and Wyndham Hotel Group International have announced that the global distribution systems code for all Corinthia hotels has been changed to WY for the Wyndham hotel brand.

The code change follows announcement of a recent joint venture between Corinthia Hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group International for management and development efforts. Under the joint venture, Wyndham International will represent all Corinthia hotels for distribution via GDS, the Internet and third-party vendors.
Under the joint venture, some Corinthia Hotels will be branded as Ramada Plaza or Wyndham hotels. The seven luxury hotels in the portfolio – the Corinthia Lisboa Hotel in Lisbon, Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in St. Petersburg, Corinthia Towers Hotel in Prague, Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Corinthia San Gorg Hotel and Corinthia Palace Hotel, both in Malta, and the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel in Tripoli – will retain the Corinthia name and be associated with the Wyndham Grand Collection.
“This new alliance with the Wyndham Hotel Group International means our travel agent partners in Europe can continue to book Corinthia's excellent hotels and destinations with the assurance that we are now affiliated with one of the world's largest hotel groups," said Geoff Andrew, Corinthia Hotels group director, sales and marketing.
Mark Stanley, Wyndham Hotel Group vice president, global sales – international markets, said, “The joint venture will further expand our reach into the European and Mediterranean markets and it sets the stage for further international expansion for the Wyndham brand. In addition, travel agents will benefit from Wyndham’s prompt commission payments and commitment to the travel agency community.”

ALGERIA
In related news, Corinthia announced the signing of a technical assistance agreement and a hotel management services agreement with Algerian hotel-owning company Lafider for the construction and operation of the Corinthia Hotel Algiers, a five-star deluxe hotel complex to be built in the city of Algiers.
By virtue of this agreement, CHI will offer its technical assistance and advice in the planning and design of the new hotel, and will eventually take on the full management of the hotel once it is fully operational and capable of delivering its services to Corinthia’s five star deluxe standards.
The five-star property will feature 274 exclusively appointed bedrooms and suites, a business centre and executive floors, a health club with indoor and outdoor pools, a variety of restaurants, a banqueting hall and meeting rooms, and the very latest in conference facilities. All this will be housed in an elegant glass-fronted tower which will be part of a bigger commercial complex.
Construction work on the Corinthia Hotel - Algiers is scheduled to commence during the first half of 2007, with the hotel set to open its doors in 2009. 




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