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Travel + Leisure's 13th Annual World's Best Awards Puts Delaware North Property in Top 10

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 29, 2008) - The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, a property managed by Delaware North Companies, has been honored by appearing in the "Top 10 Hotels for $250 or Less" category and for appearing 35th on the magazine's "Top 100" Hotels in North America list of the annual 2008 World's Best Awards List prepared by Travel + Leisure magazine.

"Nestled in the Great North Woods high in New Hampshire's White Mountains, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is a fabled, historic and affordable resort in every sense," said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. According to Kelly, the legendary 15,000-acre, four-star destination boasts 202 individually decorated guestrooms and suites; four dining venues, including the dining room renown for its sumptuous table d'hote culinary presentations; over 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; and unparalleled year-round recreation. The Balsams is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Among the numerous amenities and activities available to guests are an 18-hole championship Donald Ross golf course, tennis, an outdoor swimming pool, boating, fly fishing, miles of trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, an alpine ski area, an ice rink, nightly entertainment and children's programs.

"The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is an all encompassing destination and that's what makes it so special," Kelly added. "It's located in a breathtaking natural venue and offers visitors any outdoor activity they can want. From golfing in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter, The Balsams has everything. We've also worked hard to ensure the Balsams' culinary excellence is extraordinary as well."

Travel + Leisure is often looked to as the premier chronicler of the way the world travels. The magazine examines the places, the ideas and the trends that define modern global culture. The poll is in its 13th year and winners from around the globe are selected by the magazine's readers.

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel has been honored in the "Best for Food" category of the annual 2007 Gold List prepared by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine recognized the European-style resort with a perfect score for food as well as exceptionally high marks for service in their thirteenth annual Gold List compiled through input from more than 21,000 Condé Nast Traveler subscribers. The Balsams was also recently named one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Plaza del Pasado in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel; and Gideon Putnam Resort. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' expertise in the hospitality industry, visit

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit


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