SOURCE: NewspaperDirect Inc.

June 17, 2008 08:00 ET

NewspaperDirect Sees Dramatic Growth in Hotel Sector

In Just One Year, NewspaperDirect's Market Presence Has Grown From 400 to More Than 2,800 Hotels Worldwide as Hoteliers Woo Guests With Amenities

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - HITEC Booth 516 -- NewspaperDirect Inc., the world leader in multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution, announced record growth in the hotel sector with ND Press, its flagship print-on-demand solution, and Hotel PressDisplay, the largest Web-based newspaper and magazine kiosk in the world. One year ago, 400 hotels had the NewspaperDirect print-on-demand service installed. Today more than 2,800 hotels proudly offer the world's premier newspaper amenity to their guests in either print or digital form, through NewspaperDirect.

Using the ND Press service, hoteliers can download and print more than 650 newspapers from around the globe on the day they are published, and often before they hit the newsstands. Premium titles available to hotel guests include The Times (of London), The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Corriere della Sera, Le Monde, De Telegraaf, El Pais, Mainichi Shimbun and The Australian.

Hoteliers that feature Hotel PressDisplay can offer their discerning guests an environmentally friendly alternative to printed newspapers, while enhancing their reading experience with advanced digital features such as powerful keyword searching, article sharing through email and blogs, translation into up to 12 languages, audio capabilities, and integration with social media sites such as Facebook, Digg and Del.icio.us. With Hotel PressDisplay, guests can also download digital editions of newspapers to their laptops and take them with them when they check out.

Over the past year, NewspaperDirect has been adopted as a standard amenity in some of the finest hotels in the world, including The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts (worldwide), Sofitel Hotels & Resorts (Asia-Pacific), and Restel Hotel Group, which operates Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza branded properties in Finland. At many of these hotels, guests can pre-order their favorite publications before they arrive, and then receive their hometown paper as a complimentary "welcome" gift at check-in.

NewspaperDirect is a member of the Leading Services and Products Network, a subsidiary of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., which represents 450 of the world's finest hotels, resorts and spas. Members of The Leading Hotels of the World that have recently joined NewspaperDirect's prestigious client list include: Hotel Bel-Air (USA), The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower (India), Al Faisaliah Hotel (Saudi Arabia); Donbass Palace Hotel (Ukraine); and Ashford Castle (Ireland).

"NewspaperDirect has proven to be a perfect fit for the Leading Services and Products Network," said Kimberly Moffitt Hehir, vice president, strategic planning for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. "The service has been very well received by our hotel members and more importantly, by their guests, who truly enjoy receiving a personalized newspaper of their choice each morning."

The Langham in Auckland, one of New Zealand's most revered hotels, has implemented the ND Press subscription management feature. This enables them to automatically download and print approximately 30 newspapers daily, the moment the titles are available on NewspaperDirect's network and often before they are even available to the general public. Printed newspapers are distributed each day to the hotel's Winery Bar and Club Lounge for guests to peruse at their leisure.

"We are very enthusiastic about the ND Press service because the popularity of the overseas newspapers is rapidly expanding," said Vanessa Crawford, rooms division manager, The Langham, Auckland. "This is a wonderful tool for our hotel because it enables us to help our guests keep in touch with what is happening 'back home' while they are staying with us, and also keeps our corporate guests connected with daily business news."

"Once delighted by experiencing a little 'home away from home' with their hometown newspaper delivered to their guest room, today's travellers have come to expect this amenity wherever they go," said Richard Miller, vice president of sales and marketing for NewspaperDirect. "As a result, NewspaperDirect's services are rapidly becoming a standard among luxury and top business-class hotels around the world."

About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing nearly 450 of the world's finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of www.lhw.com and www.lhwspas.com -- the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 26 major markets across the globe. Since 1928, the company's reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering 1,500 separate criteria.

About NewspaperDirect Inc.

Founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, Canada, NewspaperDirect Inc. (www.newspaperdirect.com) is the world leader in multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution and monetization. NewspaperDirect offers over 650 newspaper and magazine titles through its Print-On-Demand ND Press service, which enables hotels, retailers, yachts and businesses to conveniently download and print hundreds of national and international titles on-site using their existing in-house equipment.

NewspaperDirect also distributes its publications to a global network of more than 1,200 print locations in 105 countries, delivering them to hotels, libraries, cruise ships, corporate offices, retail outlets, home subscribers and Web browsers everywhere. Hotel PressDisplay which is offered at 2400 hotels worldwide, is the largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk in the world. Using the hotel's high-speed internet service, Hotel PressDisplay can be configured to serve guest laptops in-room or in the common areas of the hotel property.

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