Grant Gaskin Appointed General Manager of Radisson Hotel Cebu in the Phillipines

Minneapolis, MN | March 17, 2009

Hospitality industry veteran Grant Gaskin, has been appointed general manager of the Radisson Hotel Cebu, the first Radisson® Hotels & Resorts property in the Philippines which is scheduled to open later this year. Radisson is the upscale full-service brand of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, one of the world's leading hotel companies.Most recently Gaskin has served as managing director of the Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai, where he successfully implemented programmes that improved and refined customer service.

In other experience, Gaskin, a native of New Zealand, served in leadership positions with the Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts for seven years. He was director, Special Projects at Pan Pacific Chiang Mai in Thailand, and general manager at Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh where he spearheaded a USD 20 million refurbishment programme. He was also responsible for restructuring the property's sales and marketing operations, resulting in a 400 per cent rise in banquet room business.

"To introduce the Radisson brand in the Philippines, we sought a strong leader with proven results and an excellent track-record. Grant, with over two decades of experience in all facets of hotel operations and a background in marketing, will bring strong leadership to this important project," said Jean-Marc Busato, managing director - Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

The 400-room hotel will be located on the cross-roads of Sergio Osmena Boulevard and San Jose de Montana Boulevard in the city more popularly known as the "Queen City of the South" for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Radisson Hotel Cebu will be close to the Central Business District and New City Centre. The Cebu seaport, one of the country's busiest ports, is less than 20 kilometres from the airport.

The opening of the Radisson Hotel Cebu will be followed by the Radisson Hotel Manila Bay and The Regent Manila Bay. All three hotels are owned by Philippine conglomerate, SM Investments Corporation.

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Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading, full-service hotel brands, offers vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality that is defined by its distinctive "Yes I Can!" service philosophy. Radisson includes more than 400 locations in 68 countries. It is part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a leading global hotel company with more than 1,000 locations in 74 countries under the brands of Regent® Hotels & Resorts; Radisson® Hotels & Resorts; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts; Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Park Inn®.

In Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide is fast expanding its portfolio of hotels. It currently has about 120 hotels in operation and under development and 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.

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