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Magna Hospitality Group Selects StayOnline; 
Wireless Provider to Start with Half of Magna Properties
Atlanta, GA – Dec. 22, 2003 – Magna Hospitality Group of Annapolis, MD, is disconnecting the wires for business guests at many of its hotels. Magna has signed with StayOnline, a leading provider of wi-fi solutions, to install wireless high-speed Internet access, in half of its properties.  StayOnline is the only industry provider installing 100% wireless solutions. 

“We’re excited about wi-fi,” says Bill Burress, President and Founder of Magna Hospitality. “This technology is clearly the near term answer to our clients’ connectivity needs.  Our installations to date have resulted in a clear improvement in our guests’ perception of value.  In the near future, high speed access will be as commonplace an amenity as soap.”

Burress said the selection of StayOnline came after a long search of both wired and wireless options, and a long look at capable vendors. “A comparative analysis led us to StayOnline. Their reputation, presence in the marketplace and relationships with other prominent management companies and brands placed StayOnline on top as a potential provider.”

StayOnline, based in Atlanta, GA, has begun installations at the Comfort Suites BWI and Hampton Inn in Bowie, MD.  The Hampton Inn & Suites at Providence Airport/ Warwick, RI is also slated to begin installation within the next few weeks.   Burruss adds that plans are in place to provide high speed access in all of the hotels within the Magna portfolio. “Anyone who uses high speed Internet, whether at home or at work, expects the same when on the road. Anything less is a painful experience. It’s unacceptable to our customers and unacceptable to us.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to assist Magna Hospitality with its upgrade to high speed access,” says Antonio DiMilia, President of StayOnline.  The group’s mix of flag and boutique hotels provides us with an opportunity to show our flexibility in bringing HSIA to all types of buildings and situations.”

About Magna Hospitality Group
 The Magna Hospitality Group, L.C. is located in Annapolis, Maryland and is an outgrowth of Grand Heritage Hotels.  The Magna portfolio currently consists of 14 properties ranging from Portland, Maine to San Francisco, California.  Through its strategic alliances with financial institutions, experienced hotel equity investors and franchisers, Magna is positioned to draw upon its considerable hospitality management experience, depth, and financial stability to develop additional hotel properties.Through the implementation of a customer focused philosophy, Magna has experienced remarkable success in a fast-changing industry.  For additional information visit www.magnahospitality.com

About StayOnline, Inc.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, StayOnline provides secure wireless high-speed Internet access solutions for the hospitality industry.  With nearly 200 installed locations, StayOnline operates the largest, 100% WLAN in hotels in North America.  StayOnline meets the highest quality standards and is Intel® Centrino™ certified.  StayOnline boasts an impressive customer base, including properties in over 30 national lodging brands, as well as several unique boutique and historic properties.  For additional information on StayOnline, visit www.stayonline.net


 
Contact:

StayOnline
Karin P. Koser
404.636.9311
Kpkoser1@mindspring.com

Sharon Kraun
770.804.8865



 
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