Carlson Hotels Worldwide Celebrates Earth DayWith Environmental Initiatives

Minneapolis, MN | April 22, 2009

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is recognizing Earth Day (April 22), the one-day, global celebration designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment, with a variety of programs and initiatives at its Radisson® Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM properties around the country. From local activities to company-wide initiatives, Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites support Carlson Hotels' commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible business.

The Earth Day celebration kicks off an ongoing, nationwide environmental sustainability initiative featuring several elements designed to help create a greener planet. These include:

  • Designated, year-round parking spaces for energy-efficient hybrid vehicles at select Country Inns & Suites locations.Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites locations will make available to all Earth Day guests Environmental Protection Agency brochures (www.epa.gov) outlining important environmental issues and practical solutions that consumers can undertake every day. Locations will also provide guests with links to other sources of information on environmental sustainability.

  • Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites employees at owned and managed locations will wear special lapel pins in honor of the Earth Day celebration.

  • Country Inns & Suites recently completed brand-wide evaluations of owned and managed locations under an Energy Star program. The rating will provide each location with an energy use measurement, allowing the property to take appropriate steps to improve its performance.

  • Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites continue to support an initiative by parent company, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, to plant 1,000 trees worldwide in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (billiontreecampaign.com).

  • "At Carlson Hotels Worldwide, we embrace environmental sustainability as a core principle of our commitment to Responsible Business," said Jay Witzel, President and CEO Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "We consider this an opportunity to lead, not follow, and will continue to address the environmental concerns that impact the world we share."

    For more information on Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites, please visit www.countryinns.com or www.radisson.com.

    Carlson Hotels Worldwide is a leading global hotel company with more than 1,000 locations in 72 countries. Its brands include: Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Park Inn®. . Carlson Hotels Worldwide is part of Carlson, a global travel, marketing and hospitality company.

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