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05 Feb 2009
Flying Angels for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport


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Las Vegas, London and now Zurich! The spectacular Wine Tower located in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport is only the third of its kind worldwide. Construction costs of around 4 million Swiss Francs, 16 meters high, holding 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne as well as the flying Wine Angels, who gracefully soar to retrieve these noble wines for guests at the two restaurants "angels' wine tower grill" and "Filini" - these are but a few exciting features of this new gem.

Designed by US-based Jeremy Thom Productions and developed by ES Group Ltd. in London, the stunning, 27.5-ton wine tower has inspired much awe and excitement among guests since early February 2009.

High-tech design with delightful contents
The tower made of 38 massive acryl panels features 213 transparent acryl compartments holding wine and champagne positions from 14 old- and new-world countries with a total value of approx. CHF 220'000. Prices range from CHF 38.50 to CHF 1,250 a bottle. Several chillable sections ensure that all wines and champagnes are stored at ideal temperatures.

Eight Wine Angels to provide year-round entertainment
Every day from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:15 pm to 11:30 pm, the Wine Angels fly gracefully about to retrieve the ordered wines and champagnes from the Wine Tower's compartments and deliver them to the service staff. A cross of light leads the way, helping the Angels find the right bottle easily. Accompanied by a custom-designed, unique and colorful spectacle of LED light, an Angel equipped with special holding gear is pulled up to the tower's top by a computer-controlled winch and then lowered to the appropriate bottle. After that the artist secures the selected wine in a "wine pouch" before gliding back down to her starting point. In addition, these employees, specifically cast for their job, will delight guests with their acrobatic "Wine Angel Shows" at regular intervals.

For further information please contact:
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Christiane Reiter, Director Corporate Communication
Tel. +32 2 702 9331, Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com

About the Rezidor Hotel Group:

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 360 hotels in operation and under development with over 76,000 rooms in 55 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Rezidor has signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, in order to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson Companies is the main shareholder.

The Corporate Office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com

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