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Kitchener-Waterloo landmark stresses Historical past with new web site

KITCHENER, Ontario (April 7, 1998) - As one of the most well known landmarks in Kitchener-Waterloo, The Walper Terrace has long enjoyed success as a popular destination for some of Canada's (and the world's) most prestigious citizens. Prime Ministers, entertainers and royalty alike have been pampered at the Walper since 1820, when the hotel was first erected at the corner of King and Queen streets.

Now, with their new home on the Internet, the Walper Terrace is telling their story to a global audience. The web site, located at www.walper.com, provides users with a blend of historic information and modern amenities. "We wanted to illustrate our rich past to people from all over the world," says Walper General Manager, Denise Strong. "Kitchener has a wonderful history, and the Walper is proud to have played an important part in it."

Along with a section depicting the Walper's storied past, the web site also provides users with some more modern features. People from all over the world can make reservations online, join the Walper's electronic mailing list, browse through upcoming specials and special packages, and more.

The web site was developed by Kitchener software firm, The Galileo Group Inc. "We had a unique challenge with this project," says Galileo V.P. of Marketing, Bryon Thur. "We had to find an effective method of illustrating the historical aspects of the Walper, combined with the popular features that Internet users appreciate. I think we were successful."

The web site, officially launched at the beginning of April, maintains up to date information online, and uses their free electronic mailing list service to keep people informed of upcoming events and activities in and around Kitchener.

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The Galileo Group Inc., located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is a supplier of high-performance, web-based computing solutions which help enterprises compete in the global marketplace. Galileo provides its clients with winning Internet and Intranet advantages through advanced networking infrastructures and integrated software solutions.

For more information contact Bryon Thur, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of The Galileo Group Inc. at (519) 576-8317; for Internet inquiries, visit their web site at "www.galileo-group.com". Denise Strong, General Manager of the Walper Terrace Hotel, can be reached at (519) 745-4321, or by e-mail at service@walper.com..

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