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Paris, April 15th 2008

Splendia has closed a second pool of funds from Crédit Agricole Private Equity to the total of €3M, adding to an original investment by Alven Capital who has injected €2M since 2006 to help finance Splendia's international growth.

Splendia operates a hotel booking website and exclusive brand name which positions itself in the “luxury and character hotels” segment. The company, recognised as one of the leaders of this market, has a selection of more than 1,750 hotels world-wide and close to 70 employees based throughout numerous offices in Europe, Miami and Hong Kong.

Founded in 2004 by Elie de Coignac and Benoît Durand, www.splendia.com has been experiencing extremely rapid growth with a turnover that has doubled yearly to reach €27M in 2007. The arrival of Crédit Agricole Private Equity will help the company expand in America and Asia and support marketing strategies to ensure greater customer loyalty.

Michel de Lempdes, Investment Manager with Crédit Agricole Private Equity believes: “Now that tourism constitutes 50% of e-commerce, Splendia has a considerable potential for growth, encouraged by a steady increase of customers who buy on-line, as well as by its expansion worldwide and securing of new customers.”

Nicolas Celier, Partner with Alven Capital, states that: “Splendia's immediate success validates the managerial team's talent and the original business model of focusing on selling high quality on the Internet - a medium more often associated with discounts”

Elie de Coignac adds: “We have been delighted by the efficiency and speed of Crédit Agricole Private Equity and by the climate of trust that was immediately created between us. With Alven Capital, who has contributed greatly thanks to their knowledge of e-commerce, and Credit Agricole Private Equity, who have given us the means to accelerate our international growth, we now form a very solid consortium to embark on this new phase”