MONTERREY, Mexico, July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), announces the signing of an agreement with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe ("GHSF"), a company that owns and operates hotels in Mexico, for the construction and operation of a hotel to be located in the Monterrey International Airport.
OMA and GHSF created the company Consorcio Hotelero Aeropuerto de Monterrey, SAPI, to develop the project. It will be owned 85% by OMA's subisidiary OMA Logística and 15% by Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe. GHSF will operate the hotel as a Hilton Garden Inn.
The 130-key hotel will be located between Terminals A and B, and will provide a full range of services for business travelers transiting the Monterrey airport. The design contract has been awarded to the architectural firm Legorreta + Legorreta. The hotel is expected to start operations by the end of 2014.
Porfirio González, OMA's Chief Executive Officer, noted, "We are convinced that the development of new passenger services is a fundamental differentiating factor for our airports, and will serve to further increase customer satisfaction. This project is also part of OMA's initiative to diversify our revenues and to strengthen our growth strategy, in association with an experienced partner and an internationally-recognized hotel brand."
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About Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe (GHSF)
GHSF is one of Mexico's leading hotel companies, with a focus on acquiring, developing, and operating hotels under a multi-brand, multi-segment strategy, which enables GHSF to provide positive experiences and meet the specific demands of each market segment, maximizing profitability with an optimal level of investment. GSHF currently has a portfolio of 2,585 rooms. GHSF is the owner and operator of hotels under its own Krystal brand and under franchise agreements with international brands such as Hilton. The company is currently actively acquiring hotels and negotiating new operating contracts for third-party hotel assets.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA, operates 13 international airports in nine states of central and northern Mexico. OMA's airports serve Monterrey, Mexico's third largest metropolitan area, the tourist destinations of Acapulco, Mazatlán, and Zihuatanejo, and nine other regional centers and border cities. OMA also operates a hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City airport. OMA employs over 1,000 persons in order to offer passengers and clients, airport and commercial services in facilities that comply with all applicable international safety, security standards, and ISO 9001:2008. OMA's strategic shareholder members are ICA, Mexico's largest engineering, procurement, and construction company, and Aéroports de Paris Management, subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris, the second largest European airports operator. OMA is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (OMA) and on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (OMAB). For more information, visit http://ir.oma.aero.
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