Carlson Hotels rapidly expands Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with opening of 13th hotel in South Carolina

Minneapolis, MN | June 07, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in South Carolina. The opening of Country Inn & Suites, Columbia at Harbison, S.C. marks the brand's accelerated expansion in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

"With 13 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 220 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 delighted to expand our relationship with Carlson Hotels with the addition of our second Country Inns & Suites hotel," said Anil Patel, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, Columbia at Harbison. "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 18 guests. The 84-room hotel offers one-bedroom suites, whirlpool rooms, extended stay suites and guest rooms featuring complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat screen televisions.

Conveniently located around the corner from Harbison Boulevard, the hotel is just minutes from Columbiana Centre Mall. For reservations and information, visit countryinns.com, or call toll-free 1-800-456-4000.

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