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Miami‚ FL‚ March 1‚ 2005 — Interval International‚ a leading global vacation exchange company‚ today announced it has awarded Amatique Bay Resort & Marina‚ on the northeast coast of Guatemala‚ the industry–renowned Five Star Award. Created in 1982‚ the Interval International Five Star Award was the first program to recognize and reward the highest quality and service. Today‚ the award continues to be synonymous with excellence in the industry.

Located on Amatique Bay on the Caribbean Sea‚ the resort features 61 spacious units set in exotic tropical botanical gardens. Visitors can enjoy numerous amenities such as restaurants‚ bar‚ discotheque‚ swimming pools‚ water slides‚ kids club‚ supermarket‚ conference center‚ and marina. Additional activities including aerobics‚ volleyball‚ driving range‚ PADI diving center‚ fishing‚ and sailing are available on–site or near the resort.

Guatemala is in Central America in a region that is characterized by diverse ecological systems and unique landscapes created by the contrast between low–lying seascapes and tropical rainforests. Guests at the resort can also visit turtle and iguana nurseries‚ follow eco trails or take eco and botanical nursery tours.

“The Five Star Award recognizes Amatique Bay Resort & Marina's unique location‚ wealth of amenities‚ and commitment to quality in all aspects of its operation‚” said Marcos Agostini‚ Interval International’s regional director for resort sales and services for the Caribbean and Latin America. “Our members will enjoy the natural beauty of its setting and diverse range of activities.“

"“Interval’s Five Star Award is a respected and recognized program in the hospitality industry‚” said Carlos Arévalo Molina‚ general manager of Amatique Bay Resort & Marina. "We are delighted to receive this award because it acknowledges our efforts to provide our owners with an outstanding vacation experience.”

To qualify for the Interval International Five Star designation‚ resorts are evaluated according to location‚ vacation area‚ facilities‚ accommodations and guest services. After qualification‚ resorts must maintain high levels of exchange guest satisfaction‚ monitored by a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) and periodic on–site inspections by Interval personnel.

About Interval International

Since 1976‚ Interval International has led the vacation ownership industry with its hallmarks of quality and innovation. Interval has a global network of more than 2‚000 resorts in 75 countries‚ and serves its developer clients and over 1.6 million members – worldwide timeshare vacation owners – through 26 offices in 17 countries. Interval provides a variety of exchange services and year–round travel related benefits to enhance member vacation experiences. Headquartered in Miami‚ Florida‚ Interval International is an operating business of IAC‚ which also includes such well–known brands as Expedia‚ Inc.‚‚ and Ticketmaster.​

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