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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton Airports today issued a request for expressions of interest from hotel developers interested in building and operating a full service hotel at Edmonton International Airport.

Within the plan for the Air Terminal Building upgrade and expansion, land has been set aside immediately adjacent to the north end of the terminal building. While Edmonton Airports does not intend to become involved in the hotel business, it feels that a full-service hotel operated by a recognized hotelier would be an asset for the customers of Edmonton International Airport.

The Request for Qualifications document suggests that such a hotel would have approximately 200 guest rooms, meeting and recreational facilities, a full complement of food and beverage services, and a physical connection to the existing Air Terminal Building.

At this stage, Edmonton Airports is simply seeking to create a short list of qualified and interested developers. Subsequently, a proposal process will be conducted to determine the successful party. The RFQ process closes on February 13, 1998.

“Most major international airports have a connected or adjacent hotel,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “As the fifth largest airport in Canada, the lack of an adjacent hotel is a deficiency in our service profile that we would like to address through a partnership with a recognized developer and hotelier. This is the first step in that process.”

While the timetable for the construction of a hotel will be determined as part of the proposal process, Edmonton Airports is hoping to see work begin at the earliest possible time.