Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Updates Status of its Mayan Riviera and Cancun Properties

CANCUN, Mexico, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is pleased to report that there are no reported injuries to guests or staff at any of its six properties in Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico following Hurricane Wilma.

The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort that includes the Maya Beach Hotel, the Caribe Beach Hotel, as well as the Tropical Beach Hotel and The Colonial Beach Hotel, which are officially scheduled to open in December, sustained minimal damage and is presently serving the needs of its current guests with limited facilities. However, these four hotels have temporarily suspended new arrivals until November 10, 2005. Any guests who are booked into these four properties between now and November 10, will be granted a full-refund. Guests with reservations should contact their travel agent. The hotels expect to resume limited operations following November 10, and travel agents will be advised of services and amenities at each property as they are restored.

In Cancun, the Barcelo Las Perlas and the Barcelo Tucancun are closed until further notice. Again, cancellation penalties are also suspended.

Oscar Serrano, Commercial Director for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts said, “The Company will be issuing regular updates on the status of all six properties.” Serrano added, “At this point it appears that the damage to the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort was superficial and we are optimistic that it can quickly be repaired. This means that the Resort may even begin accepting new guests prior to the November 10th date.”

Updated information will also be made available at Barcelo Hotels & Resorts website at http://www.barcelo.com/.

About Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Barcelo Hotels and Resorts is among the world’s top 30 largest hospitality and travel companies. Barcelo was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931 first as a transportation company, and then as a hotel and travel company. It is a family owned, privately held hospitality company renowned for more than 70 years of service excellence and innovative spirit in the tourism industry.

The Company owns, manages or franchises hotels in 16 countries with more than 28,000 rooms worldwide. Barcelo Hotels and Resorts are found in key European cities and resorts, in North America, Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers from budget-minded to upscale guests. The resorts provide all-inclusive vacation programs making vacation planning and holiday enjoyment easy.

Barcelo Hotels & Resorts enjoys an excellent reputation with the travel and tourism industry. It is ranked among the top 10 hotel brands in Latin America, and in Canada it is recognized by the travel trade among the top three hotel brands. For more information on Barcelo Hotels and Resorts visit http://www.barcelo.com/.

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