AT&T: Wins $4.8 Million Networking Contract from Hyatt Select

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CHICAGO– AT&T announced today it has won a two-year, $4.8 million networking services contract from Chicago-based Hyatt Select LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Hyatt Corp.

Under the contract, AT&T will provide a portfolio of data, voice and Internet services integrating the 146 Hyatt Place properties across the country. The AT&T solution also paves the way for Hyatt Select to evolve to a converged voice and data-networking platform by deploying Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the future.

“AT&T offered us a high-quality solution that complied with our aggressive network integration plan and timeline for Hyatt Place,” said Tom O’Toole, senior vice president, strategy and systems for Global Hyatt Corp. “AT&T’s networking expertise and reliability allows us to focus on our core business of serving our customers by providing them with the best experiences and accommodations we can.”
Through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect portal, Global Hyatt Corp. properties gain around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to electronic billing and trouble management systems. AT&T BusinessDirect was recently recognized by the Yankee Group for providing customers with the strongest online support and service experience in the industry.

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About AT&T
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE “T”) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.

About Global Hyatt
There are 212 Hyatt hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 43 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt® and Park Hyatt® brands. Currently, there are an additional 27 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 10 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. (timeshare), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, Microtel and Best Inns).

About Hyatt Select
In January 2005, Global Hyatt Corporation also added an additional 143 U.S. properties to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of the upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain. These properties will be renovated and repositioned under the new Hyatt Place select service brand in 2006. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.