Carlson Hotels rapidly expands Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with opening of 10th hotel in Alabama

Minneapolis, MN | May 11, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM in Alabama. The opening of Country Inn & Suites, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway marks the brand's accelerated expansion in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

"With 10 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 150 locations in the Southeastern United States, the brand has established a strong footprint in the region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. "We are focused on building momentum in North America and India as we increase our portfolio of hotels over the next five years."

Country Inns & Suites offers caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality with a touch of home, and many distinctive product and service innovations, such as the "Friends Hosting Friends" employee training program that has generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high overall guest satisfaction.

"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Carlson Hotels with the addition of our third Country Inns & Suites hotel," said Mike Patel, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway. "The brand's strength, high standards, leadership and franchise support have established a successful partnership."

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center and meeting space for up to 40 guests. The 82-room hotel offers studio suites, one-bedroom suites and guest rooms featuring complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat screen televisions. Conveniently located off I-85, the hotel is just minutes from Auburn University Montgomery.

For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com or call toll-free 1-800-456-4000.

About Carlson
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carlson encompasses more than 1,060 hotels, including, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn®, Park Plaza® and Regent®; more than 1,000 restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's® and Pick Up Stix®; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 150,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

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