Carlson Hotels Worldwide Plans to Add Over 50 Properties in India Across Four Brands by 2001

Minneapolis, MN | January 14, 2009

SINGAPORE - January 14, 2009 - Carlson Hotels Worldwide - one of the world's largest privately-held hotel companies, plans to add more than 50 properties or over 6000 rooms to its India portfolio by 2011, across four brands - Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn® and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. This is part of the group's strategy to double its regional presence in Asia Pacific over the next four years.

This year alone, Carlson Hotels Worldwide has ambitious plans to open several hotels in major gateway cities in India including Delhi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kolkata and Bangalore.

"Carlson is currently the largest international hotel operator in India. We are looking to leverage on this leadership position by growing our managed properties portfolio in the long-term through strategic partnerships," said K.B Kachru, Executive Vice President - South-Asia, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

"India represents about 70 per cent of our hotels currently under development across the region and will remain our core growth market along with China, Thailand and the South Pacific. Our brands have also gained strong visibility in India through a number of high-profile award-wins and resonate well with investors."

Over the last three years, Carlson Hotels Worldwide has won numerous industry awards in India including 'Fastest Growing International Chain of Hotels' by Hospitality India, 'Best International Brand in India' by Today's Traveller and the South Asia Travel & Tourism award for excellence.

India was also the first regional market where Carlson launched its fresh and affordable Park Inn brand. There are currently two Park Inn properties in operation, with another five Park Inn properties under development - Park Inn Gurgaon, Park Inn Ludhiana, Park Inn & Suites Bangalore, Park Inn Jaipur Jai Singh Highway and Park Inn Delhi CBD Shahdara. The group also plans to bring its luxury Regent brand to the country over the next two years.

"Although we are currently experiencing challenging economic conditions, in the long-term, a growing number of Indians are expected to enjoy unprecedented levels of affluence. It is therefore important that our acclaimed luxury brand Regent, is represented in this fast-growing market," added Kachru.

There are currently nine Regent hotels under development worldwide, of which five are in Asia Pacific. The focus will be to continue to grow in key gateway cities and major resort locations in the region that align with the strategic plans of the brand.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide has 25 hotels with over 2000 rooms in operation in India, and more than 6000 rooms under development.

Overall, it has about 12,000 rooms under development across the region, including India. Carlson Hotels Worldwide recently achieved its target of having at least 20,000 rooms in operation and under development across Asia Pacific.

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Carlson Hotels Worldwide is fast expanding its portfolio of hotels in Asia Pacific which includes five brands: Regent® Hotels & Resorts, one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the hospitality industry; Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, a leading full-service upscale brand; Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category; Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, a mid-scale hotel brand; and Park Inn, a growing global brand offering fresh and affordable accommodation. Carlson Hotels Worldwide currently has approximately 120 hotels in operation and under development in Asia Pacific with more than 20,000 rooms in 14 countries. With regional headquarters in Singapore, it is supported by reservations, sales and development offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi and Sydney.
www.carlsonhotelsasiapacific.com

Globally, Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes more than 1,000 hotel locations in 74 countries and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major business units of Carlson, a global hotel, marketing, restaurant and travel company. Other names in the Carlson family of brands and services are: T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, and Carlson Marketing.
www.carlson.com

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