Opening Nine New Hotels per Month - Carlson Hotels Boast Strong Global Expansion

Whether guests are looking to escape the everyday world, or in need of a safe-haven during weary business travels, the brands of Carlson Hotels Worldwide are welcoming guests at new and exciting locations around the world.

Since the start of 2005, the company has opened an average of nine new properties per month in its global portfolio of brands, which includes Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlsonsm, and Park Inn®.

Most recently, Carlson Hotels took over the management of 12 hotels in the United States, of which four became Radisson hotels, three converted to Park Plaza and five were welcomed by Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. These new Radisson hotels are located in such key destination and business travel markets as Phoenix Airport; downtown Salt Lake City; and Seattle's SeaTac Airport. Country Inns & Suites has also expanded its presence in the U.S. with the addition of properties in key western markets with openings in San Diego and Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Bothell, Wash., a city just north of Seattle.

Other exciting new Radisson properties include airport locations at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. and New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport. New European locations include: the new Radisson SAS Hotel Bologne in Paris, the Radisson SAS Hotel Rome and the Radisson SAS 1919 Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland.

New hotels to enter the Park Plaza portfolio in 2005 include a managed hotel in Bloomington, Minn., a new flagship hotel in London and the debut of the brand in Brazil and Wales. The 209-room Park Plaza Hotel Bloomington is located in Bloomington's thriving corporate sector near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

One of the most exciting additions to the Country Inns & Suites brand is located in the heart of colorful New Orleans, La. The 155-room hotel has been created out of seven historic buildings dating back to the 1860s, and marks the brand's entry into an urban marketplace. It has all the historic charm of a boutique hotel with additional features to meet the needs of the New Orleans market, such as a cozy pub and expanded meeting space.

Park Inn recently opened its first hotel featuring a new design concept that reflects the future vision for Park Inn in North America. The Park Inn Brunswick (Georgia) is designed as a platform for this hotel chain to emerge as Carlson's newest growth brand. In addition, the brand's European expansion has flourished in 2005 with the addition of two hotels in Ireland, seven in Germany and one in Denmark.

Carlson's luxury brand, Regent International Hotels, looks forward to adding hotels in Miami (South Beach) and Shanghai (China) in late 2005.

In the coming months, keep your eye on the brands of Carlson Hotels Worldwide as they continue to add quality properties in key locations around the world.


For more information about Carlson hotel brands, visit the brand websites at www.regenthotels.com, www.radisson.com, www.parkplaza.com, www.countryinns.com or www.parkinn.com.

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