Gaylord’s proposed transactions with Marriott are subject to Gaylord’s completion of its hotel management transfer, which is subject to certain closing conditions, including the approval by Gaylord’s shareholders of certain proposals that will facilitate becoming a REIT, lender consent to amendments to Gaylord’s credit facility, and other customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Gaylord will hold a special meeting of stockholders on September 25, 2012 for the purpose of voting on proposals that will facilitate becoming a REIT, including amendments to its Certificate of Incorporation.About Gaylord Entertainment Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels ( www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and the Grand Ole Opry ( www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for more than 85 consecutive years. Gaylord's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about Gaylord, visit www.GaylordEntertainment.com. This press release contains “forward-looking statements” concerning Gaylord’s goals, beliefs, expectations, strategies, objectives, plans, future operating results and underlying assumptions, and other statements that are not necessarily based on historical facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectation to contact management functions to Marriott, our expectation to elect REIT status and the timing and effect of that election. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: conditions to closing the hotel management transfer may not be satisfied or waived; and we may fail to qualify as a REIT by January 1, 2013 or at all, and, if we do qualify as a REIT, we may be unable to maintain that qualification.