Carlson Hotels Worldwide Adds Six Properties to its Global Portfolio Since January 1

Minneapolis, MN | February 25, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the addition of six locations to its global portfolio during January and early February of 2008. The new hotels include three Radisson properties and two Country Inn & Suites By Carlsonsm hotels in the United States; and one Park Inn® hotel in the United Kingdom. Carlson's worldwide portfolio now totals 972 hotels with 147,396 rooms in 70 countries. Carlson hotel brands also include Regent Hotels & Resorts and Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts.

"The momentum of growth for our brands is continuing at a strong pace in 2008," said Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "In addition to the six hotels we've added, we have more than 270 properties under various phases of development in major travel destinations worldwide. We've recently signed seven deals for the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson and Park Plaza brands. We look forward to achieving the growth landmark of our 1,000th hotel before the end of the year," added.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

With the addition of two Country Inn & Suites By Carlson locations, the brand currently consists of 438 hotels and 35,041 guestrooms. Both of the new properties are located in the U.S., and include the 73-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Jacksonville, Fla. and the 117-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Kansas City at Village West, owned by KC Village West, LLC.

Each hotel features the brand's new interior design package that was developed with input from guests and franchisees to evolve the brand and ensure it meets the needs of today's travelers. The new design highlights a more transitional and residential style, features a contemporary color palate throughout the hotel, and includes upgraded bedding in the guest rooms. In addition to the upgraded design, each hotel includes traditional brand design elements, including hardwood floors and a fireplace in the grand lobby.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts

Located minutes from downtown Dallas, the new 236-room Radisson Dallas East and Conference Center features a $3 million renovation that began in 2007. In addition to the newly renovated guestrooms, the hotel offers more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the property. Guests can enjoy American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the onsite restaurant, Terrace Grill, or relax and recharge in the pool, sauna or fitness center. The new Radisson Dallas East and Conference Center is located two miles from the DART Rail Station and only minutes from downtown.

The Radisson Suites Hotel Tucson Airport is located at the entrance to Tucson International Airport and close to Downtown Tucson, the University of Arizona, and Tucson Electric Park - spring training home to Arizona Diamondbacks. The hotel features 204 spacious two-room suites, each beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and a separate living room. The hotel also offers nearly 12,000 square feet of function space and can accommodate meetings or parties from 10 to 300.

The 196-room Radisson Hotel Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla. is an excellent option for those visiting Epcot/Disneyworld, Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld, MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. All guestrooms are equipped with Sleep Number beds, 37-inch high definition LCD flat panel televisions and complimentary high speed internet access. The hotel is located less than 20 miles from Orlando International Airport and features a 100% smoke free environment and complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World theme parks.

With the addition of three new Radisson properties, Radisson's global portfolio currently includes 398 hotels with 88,137 guestrooms.

Park Inn

The Rezidor Hotel Group opened one Park Inn location last month - the Park Inn London, Russell Square in London, England.With its beautiful Edwardian façade, the newly-renovated Park Inn London, Russell Square is ideally located in London's historic district of Bloomsbury, between Holborn and Russell Square tube stations. The hotel is close to the British Museum and walking distance to top attractions such as Covent Garden, the West End and the shops on Oxford Street.

The hotel offers 214 fresh and modern guest rooms, recently refurbished to a superior four-star standard. The hotel is equipped with high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms and offers ample parking. The hotel's restaurant serves fresh dishes complemented with gourmet wines in a relaxing atmosphere and features live music with a resident harpist and pianist. The bar offers a wide variety of malt whiskies, draught beers and beverages and several large screen plasma televisions.

This new hotels increases the Park Inn portfolio to 89 hotels and 15,233 guestrooms worldwide.

Park Inn opened three properties in Canada in 2007 including a newly constructed hotel in Miramichi, New Brunswick, and conversions in Vancouver, British Columbia and at Montreal Airport in Quebec. Another Park Inn location is scheduled to open in Toronto in early 2008.

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Thailand's first Park Plaza Hotel opened in Bangkok in December and is part of a major expansion of Carlson Hotels Worldwide across Asia. The 95-room Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok is conveniently located, just three minutes walk from the BTS skytrain and MRT subway stations at the Asoke-Sukhumvit intersection in Thailand's capital city. The hotel features high-tech digital connectivity, modern design and Carlson's award-winning customer service standards.

In-room amenities include free wireless high-speed internet, 32-inch LCD televisions with laptop connections and DVD player. Guest rooms feature an ergonomic chair, desktop reading lamp, spacious desktop workspace and international power connections. Free wireless internet and LAN connectivity is also available in all public areas of the hotel.

Regent Hotels & Resorts

Dramatic global expansion from Regent Hotels & Resorts continues with the recent opening of the first Regent in France, The Regent Bordeaux. Featuring interiors by world-renowned designer Jacques Garcia and a 3,000-square-foot Les Bains de Léa Spa, the Bordeaux property exemplifies the brand's commitment to developing unforgettable luxury hotels in the world's most desirable locations.

The 150-room Regent Bordeaux is situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle shopping district and features its own Fashion Avenue, a 1,000-square-foot luxury gallery with boutiques from Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci.

Additional openings worldwide in 2008 will include The Regent Bal Harbour, the first hotel to open in Florida's exclusive Bal Harbour Village in over fifty years (March 2008); The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf, which will feature a destination waterfront restaurant from three-star Michelin chef Guy Martin (June 2008); and The Regent Maldives, a 861,500-square-foot island resort in the Indian Ocean (October 2008).

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Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Carlson Marketing, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants. The company has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one of the "100 best places to work for in America," Carlson corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of 279 hotels in operation and under development with more than 57,600 rooms in 47 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Regent International Hotels, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium. For more information on Rezidor, visit


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