The Regent Esplanade Zagreb Honored with International Five-Star Diamond Award

Minneapolis, MN | January 13, 2009

Regent Hotels & Resorts (www.RegentHotels.com) is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has awarded the International Five-Star Diamond Award to The Regent Esplanade Zagreb. Last year, the hotel became the first in Croatia to ever receive the prestigious award, and today The Regent Esplanade Zagreb remains the country's only Five-Star Diamond property.

The award was presented to The Regent Esplanade Zagreb by Joseph Cinque, President of the American Academy of Hospitality Services, at a ceremony at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes last month.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences bestows the award annually to luxury properties deemed to be of pinnacle quality by its International Board of Trustees, which consists of a select group of industry leaders and world travelers. The award recognizes excellence in luxury hospitality; criteria include ambiance, cuisine, décor and service.

An original stop on the legendary Orient Express, The Regent Esplanade Zagreb is a Mediterranean luxury landmark located in the city's historic district. The 207-room hotel offers five lounge and dining options, including fine dining establishment Zinfandel's Restaurant and Oleander Terrace, which features expansive views of the fountain at Ante Starcevic Square and the surrounding Art Nouveau buildings.

Award-winning Regent Hotels & Resorts worldwide include The Regent Berlin; The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux; The Regent Bal Harbour; The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos; and The Regent Beijing. Forthcoming developments in 2009 include openings in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand. Additional global developments are planned for Bangkok, Thailand; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Manila Bay, the Philippines; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico; and Doha, Qatar.

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About Regent Hotels & Resorts - Regent Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson, a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, travel and marketing industries. The Regent brand encompasses luxury hotels, resorts, residences and cruises throughout the world offering discerning travelers The Regent ExperienceSM. Regent Seven Seas operates a fleet of medium-sized luxury cruise ships that visit over 300 ports on all seven continents, including Antarctica, and is consistently ranked among the world's top cruise lines. Regent Hotels & Resorts offers a global portfolio of luxury properties in Beijing; Singapore; Taipei; Berlin; Zagreb; Bal Harbour, Florida; Bordeaux; and Turks and Caicos. Future global developments include properties in The Republic of Maldives; Bangkok, Thailand; Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Manila Bay, the Philippines; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico; Doha, Qatar; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.TheRegentExperience.com.

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