Carlson continues expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with opening of 16th hotel in Pennsylvania

Hershey, PA | September 24, 2010

Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM in Pennsylvania. The opening of Country Inn & Suites, Hershey at the Park, Pa. marks the brand’s expansion in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

“With 16 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 30 locations in the northeast United States, the brand is establishing 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 FriendsSM employee training program that has generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high 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 David Hogg, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, Hershey at the Park, Pa.

The hotel is less than one mile from Hersheypark, a 110-acre amusement park near the Hershey Chocolate Factory. The hotel offers an indoor pool, whirlpool and a fitness center. The 86-room hotel also features extended stay suites, one-bedroom suites, and guest rooms with complimentary high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat panel televisions.

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, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,075 hotels, including, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; 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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Brett Sechrist, General Manager | 1 717-566-3396 | cx_hers@countryinns.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson | 1 763-212-8129 | bgardeen@carlson.com

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