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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Dec. 21, 2004) ---- Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced that the company added nine new properties to its global portfolio of brands in October and November.  Three new Radisson Hotels & Resorts properties opened in the United States, Europe and South America; one new Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts property in Texas joined the system; and five Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels were added in the Midwest and Southeastern regions of the U.S.  These additions bring the upscale Radisson brand property total to 435 in 62 countries; the full-service, mid-scale Park Plaza portfolio to 34 locations worldwide; and the mid-tier Country Inns & Suites brand to 339 hotels and more than 26,850 rooms worldwide.

"We are pleased to announce these latest additions to our company, which along with the development efforts of our global partners, result in growing the presence of Carlson Hotels' brands around the world," said Sam Winterbottom, executive vice president of development, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.  Carlson is the parent organization of Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn.  "Continuing growth is a key part of our business strategy as we strive to serve both business and leisure travelers in the destinations they are seeking around the world."

The newest hotels added to Carlson Hotels' growing global portfolio include:

Radisson Hotels & Resorts
 

The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Longmont-Boulder (formerly the Raintree Plaza Hotel) in Colorado is centrally located near Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and a short drive to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.  The hotel offers 210 spacious, newly renovated guest rooms and suites with living areas and spacious work desks with ergonomic chairs.  An onsite full-service restaurant features American cuisine, and the hotel operates Northern Colorado's premier conference facility with over 28,000 square feet of conference space.  The 
The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
1900 Ken Pratt Blvd
Longmont, Colorado 
meeting rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access. 

The Radisson SAS Rome in Italy is located in the heart of the city on the Esquiline Hill, one of the seven Roman hills.  The hotel is adjacent to the Termini Central Railway Station and within easy access of the express trains connecting to Fiumicino Airport.  The 235 deluxe guestrooms, including 27 suites and 14 rooms for disabled guests, are furnished in three locally designed styles, each with its own identity.  All rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions, DVD and CD players, satellite channels and high-speed Internet access. 

Radisson Royal Cali Hotel in Colombia, featuring an original architectural design and 21st century technology, is located in the most exclusive residential area, next to the Holguines Trade Center, besides the Country Club and within steps of the Commercial Center Unicentro.   All 146 elegant and comfortable guestrooms and suites feature modern security systems, air conditioning, and are furnished to help business travelers be comfortable and efficient on the road with a desk, conference table, three telephone lines and calculators.  Hotel services include a high-tech business center, three on-site restaurants, 24-hour room service, meeting facilities and private garage.  Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the entire property.

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts opened its newest North American hotel in Austin, Texas. The 189-room Park Plaza Austin hotel is located just five minutes from the downtown area.The hotel's guestrooms feature fresh color palettes, over-stuffed lounge chairs, well-lighted bathrooms, large desks and ergonomic executive desk chairs, comfortable furnishings and complimentary high-speed Internet access. 

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson within a half-hour drive to downtown Minneapolis, Minn., and located directly behind the Albertville Premium Outlets, the brand new Country Inn & Suites Albertville features 66 spacious guest rooms and suites, accented in warm, Northwood's cabin-style décor. 

The new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Duluth North is located near the shore of Lake Superior in one of Minnesota's most celebrated gateway cities. 

Only 25 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the new 85-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Summerville is within easy reach of some of the most significant sites of American history.  This new hotel offers many amenities often found at higher-priced hotels.  These include an indoor heated pool and whirlpool, exercise room, hair dryers in every room, complimentary high-speed Internet access and dataport hookup in all rooms. 

The 85 spacious rooms and suites at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Indianapolis-Northeast in Indiana feature the traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design that has become the brand's signature elements.  With a beautifully appointed grand staircase at the center of the lobby, hardwood flooring, fireplace and decorative ceiling borders, each room welcomes guests with traditional furnishings that blend rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics.

In addition to showcasing the brand's signature residential interior design and array of in-room amenities typically found at higher-priced hotels, the 87-room Country Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina is only 10 miles from downtown Raleigh. 

Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries.

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Contact:
Kristi Arndt
763-212-5626
karndt@carlson.com
Also See: Radisson Hotels & Resorts Selects 60 Hotels for the Brand's Top Honor, The President's Award; Selected from 310 Properties / March 2004
The ES Hotel in Rome Being Re-branded as the Radisson SAS Rome / November 2004


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