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February 6, 2013

HMSHost and PGA TOUR Announce First PGA TOUR Grill Location

San Diego International Airport will house the first of many U.S. locations

BETHESDA, MD and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – Global restaurateur HMSHost and the PGA TOUR are excited to announce that the first PGA TOUR Grill, a joint venture between the two companies, will be located at San Diego International Airport. The restaurant is slated to open in December 2013 and will be located in Terminal 2 West. The new restaurant will highlight the San Diego region’s rich history with the PGA TOUR and the game of golf itself, and will bring travelers at San Diego International Airport a healthy menu fit for active lifestyles.

“We are very excited to be the site for the first PGA TOUR Grill location,” said Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, operator of San Diego International Airport. “We are looking forward to working with HMSHost and the PGA TOUR to create a restaurant that will showcase the area’s vibrant golf scene and bring travelers a great place to grab a healthy meal on their way through San Diego International Airport.”

San Diego is home to some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses including Torrey Pines, a world-renowned municipal golf course and annual host site of the PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open. San Diego has been a yearly stop on the PGA TOUR since 1952, dating back to the tournament’s debut as the San Diego Open as well as the Tournament of Champions being held in nearby Carlsbad for a number of years. Additionally, the 2008 U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships, was hosted by Torrey Pines and brought significant attention to San
Diego’s golf culture. The new PGA TOUR Grill at San Diego International Airport will pay homage to this local golf history and the San Diego region’s continued association with the PGA TOUR.

“Considering the rich history the PGA TOUR has with the San Diego area, this is an ideal location to open our first PGA TOUR Grill and celebrate that history,” said Tim Hawes, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of Retail Licensing. “We’re very excited to open the first restaurant and look forward to bringing this concept to many more airports throughout the U.S.”

“San Diego International Airport is a natural fit for the first PGA TOUR Grill location,” said Anthony Alessi, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “With such a great history of the game and the PGA TOUR, we couldn’t think of a better location to open the first of many PGA TOUR Grill locations throughout the U.S.”

PGA TOUR Grill is a PGA TOUR-themed restaurant with a focus on tournaments, players and initiatives. Its design is a compelling blend of classic and modern, with technology at guests’ fingertips. Interactive iPads feature golf tips and menus highlighting information on the healthy content of the food and tasting and varietal information on the wines. High definition flat screens will feature live tournament action, highlights of the previous week’s PGA TOUR tournament, and programming on the Golf Channel.

More restaurant than bar, PGA TOUR Grill is a healthy lifestyle destination; one where guests will discover wellness, health and quality in a dining and lounge experience unlike anything found in airports today. The PGA TOUR Grill menu incorporates a wide variety of healthy ingredients that will please everyone. Through its focus on health and nutrition and the timeless art and practice of golf, the PGA TOUR Grill will keep travelers coming back for more and bring new life to San Diego International Airport.

About HMSHost

HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of over €5.8 billion in 2011, the Group operates in 35 countries and employs some 62,800 people. It manages over 5,300 stores in more than 1,200 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and Twitter @HMSHost.

About PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $122 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.