Carlson Hotels rapidly expands Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM

Virginia Beach, Va. | May 18, 2010

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

"With 27 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 221 locations in the Southern 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 thrilled to be joining the Country Inns & Suites family and are confident that the consistency, value and leadership of this brand and the Carlson Hotels system will result in a successful future for this hotel," said Akhil Jain, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, Virginia Beach and vice president of Landmark Hotel Group, LLC.

The Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach, Va will be managed by Landmark Hotel Group, LLC. Landmark is a leading hotel management and ownership group based in Virginia Beach, VA.

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space for up to 110 guests. The 114-room hotel offers studio suites, one-bedroom suites, extended stay suites, executive king rooms and guest rooms featuring complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat screen televisions.

Conveniently located on Atlantic Avenue, the oceanside hotel is just steps away from the world-famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

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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Tony Sierra, General Manager | 1 757-437-9100 | tony.sierra@countryinns.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Hotels | 1 763-212-8129 | bgardeen@carlson.com

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