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Great Hotels of the World announces new hotel opening in Brussels

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) are pleased to announce the opening of a brand new hotel, Thon Hotel EU, which will officially open on 26 April 2012, following a 24-month development.

Thon Hotel EU (http://www.ghotw.com/Thon-Hotel-EU) is a member of Great Hotels of the World’s Premium Collection. This innovative hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the city’s European district and within easy reach of public transport links. It is also near to the city’s main historical and cultural attractions, including the Grand Place and the Natural Science Museum. The hotel is also just 15 minutes from the airport by car. The impressive four-star property has benefitted from the creative input of Altiplan Architects, who have created a modern yet fully functional building with open, bright and airy spaces. The interior of the property was designed by Norwegian designer Trond Ramsokar, whose concept for the hotel was based around light, serenity and modern comforts.

The establishment will boast 405 bright and modern guestrooms and 37 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroomed apartments spread over eight floors. Thon Hotel EU will also offer excellent meeting facilities with its 10 multipurpose conference rooms, catering for up to 300 delegates in theatre-style. The largest conference room can be divided into three smaller rooms, providing an ideal setting for gala dinners, conferences, weddings and cocktail parties. All meeting and conference rooms have access to natural daylight and are fully equipped with essential audio and technical equipment. One meeting room will be specifically designated for video conferences.

Guests can enjoy sumptuous international cuisine at The Twelve restaurant, inspired by the European flag and its twelve stars. The Twelve will boast 220 seats with the possibility of adding a further 130 places in an adjacent room. Simultaneously, the hotel will offer a terrace garden, cocooned in the heart of the main building, with design elements of a Moroccan riad. The terrace will offer a further 60 seats for The Twelve restaurant.

Similar to other Thon properties where shopping centres are a core business focus, Thon Hotel EU will also contain a shopping gallery - the Thon Passage, with a surface area of 900sqm. Other facilities of the hotel include a lounge bar, state-of-the-art fitness centre and an underground car park.

Respect for the environment and protecting the planet are two of the Thon Hotel Group’s main priorities. Thon Hotel EU will invest 72,500 Euros to create solar panels as well as an additional 18,000 Euros reserved towards green contribution, including mixing valves for eco-friendly showers. Further investment has been made to ensure that the property can create its own green energy on site. The property will also educate its staff and clients alike with regards to the protection of the environment. Moreover, the hotel will promote recycling, and will request that suppliers group their orders into as few deliveries as possible, choose green products and offer guests a special Green Package.

Nils Hauge, Area Director of Thon Hotels in Benelux, explains: "Our natural target group will be business travellers to the EU capital. However, city weekend breaks for leisure travellers will also be important for us. Brussels is an attractive weekend destination and we will be able to offer reasonably priced weekend offers. Our hotel range in the city is broad, with hotels at the airport, in the city centre and in the EU district."

For more information on Thon Hotel EU or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/Thon-Hotel-EU or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

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Ashleigh Silverman - Marketing and PR Executive

Great Hotels of the World

Note to editors:

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) provides global hotel reservation, sales and marketing services for an exclusive portfolio of primarily independent hotels and resorts worldwide. Great Hotels of the World provides a range of products, services and innovative technology solutions for over 250 hotels worldwide through trade shows, e-marketing, business travel sales, meeting and incentive sales, public relations, Meeting Forums and a private label GDS chain code (GW).

By acknowledging that each hotel’s core business is different, Great Hotels of the World help’s hotels and consumers to “find their niche” by categorising member hotels into niche travel markets. Great Hotels’ dedicated programmes are aimed at the leisure, meetings and incentive andcorporate markets, whilst the individual leisure collections reach precise areas of the market in which the hotel specialises in including gourmet, spa, golf, honeymoon and many more.

Membership of Great Hotels of the World is split into three tiers: the Luxury Collection, the Premium Collection and the Classic Collection and is by invitation only. Hotels must meet strict criteria before being accepted into the brand.

Further information on Great Hotels of the World can be found at (http://www.ghotw.com).

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