Thunderbird Resorts Inc.

Thunderbird Resorts Inc.

August 21, 2009 10:16 ET

Thunderbird Resorts Inc.: Fiesta Intercontinental Guatemala Re-Opens; Half Yearly Financial Report 2009 Filing Date Announced

PANAMA, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2009) - Thunderbird Resorts Inc. ("Thunderbird" or "Group") (FRANKFURT:4TR)(EURONEXT:TBIRD) announces: On 3 August 2009, our two remaining properties in Guatemala operated by our local subsidiaries, Fiesta Intercontinental Guatemala and Video Suerte Mazatenango, were ordered closed due to a declaration statement made by the Deputy in charge of the Commission for Transparency in Guatemala which called into question the legitimacy of "video lottery" operations, despite the fact that we have operated "video lottery" in Guatemala for more than a decade. The Deputy's declaration resulted in inquiries into existing video lottery operations throughout the country to determine if the operations are prohibited. The Ministry of Public Defense, Office of the Prosecution (the government entity in charge), began their inquiry with our Fiesta Video Lottery operations and closed these properties pending the inquiry. On the order of the court, Fiesta Intercontinental Guatemala was re-opened. We anticipate that a hearing to reopen Video Suerte Mazatenango will occur sometime next week. The entity which holds our charter, CONFEDE, has previously been validated by the Constitutional Court to extend licenses and permits to operate video lotteries in Guatemala; therefore, this order to re-open Fiesta Intercontinental Guatemala is supported by the Constitutional Court to extend licenses and permits to operate video lotteries in Guatemala. These two facilities represent approximately 5.1 percent of the Group's gaming positions worldwide and approximately 2.3 percent of total sales.

2009 Half Yearly Report and Conference Call

The Group's 2009 Half Yearly Report will be filed with the Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext ("Euronext Amsterdam") and the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets ("AFM") on Wednesday, 26 August 2009.

Access to a copy of the 2009 Half Yearly Report will be available on the Group's website at on Thursday, 27 August 2009. The Group will host a public conference call on Thursday, 27 August 2009 at 10:00 a.m. eastern time to discuss the financial results, followed by a question and answer session. U.S. and Canadian callers can call (866) 393-4520. International callers can call (660) 422-4768. The conference code for all callers is 25892988. You are also invited to listen through a webcast. The registration page is:

Document Availability

Copies of the Half Yearly Report in the English language will be available at no cost at the Group's operational office in Panama and at the offices of our local paying agent ING Bank N.V., van Heenvlietlaan 220, 1083 CN Amsterdam, the Netherlands (tel: +31 20 7979 398, fax: +31 20 7979 607, email: and they will also available on the Group's website at


We are an international provider of branded casino and hospitality services, focused on markets in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and India. Our mission is to "create extraordinary experiences for our guests." Additional information about the Group is available on its World Wide Web site at

Cautionary Notice: This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the securities laws and regulations of various international, federal, and state jurisdictions. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements regarding potential revenue and future plans and objectives of the Group are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Group's forward-looking statements include competitive pressures, unfavorable changes in regulatory structures, and general risks associated with business, all of which are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Group's documents filed from time-to-time with the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam and other regulatory authorities.

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