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Carlson Hotels Worldwide Appoints Michael Larose GM
and Amanda Reed DOS at the Corporate-owned
Country Inns & Suites in New Orleans
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MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 14, 2004) --- Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, the mid-tier lodging brand of Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, today announced the appointments of a general manager and director of sales at its corporate-owned hotel in New Orleans, La., which is scheduled to open late January 2005. 

Michael Larose (photo at left) has been named general manager and is responsible for managing the overall operations of the hotel.  Larose has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, specifically in and around New Orleans, and was most recently the general manager at the Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel. 

Amanda Reed has been appointed sales director and is responsible for the overall marketing and sales for the hotel.  Reed has several years experience in sales and was previously an account executive with NewOrleans.Com. 

"We are extremely pleased with the talent we have hired and are happy with the fact that both individuals are natives of New Orleans.  It's always beneficial to have staff from the local community.  Not only is their knowledge and history of the area important, but their previous involvement in the business community is valuable as well," said Bob Johnson, director of operations, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

Located just off the French Quarter at 315 Magazine Street, the 155-room hotel is being developed in seven historic buildings dating back to the 1860s.  The buildings are listed on the U.S. Register of National Historic Places.  The hotel will keep the historic charm by highlighting exposed beam ceilings; slate floors and brick walls.

The property will include 1,300 feet of meeting space; a pub with atrium seating; outdoor pool and courtyard; exercise facility; complimentary breakfast; and wireless high speed Internet access throughout public areas.  In addition to other standard amenities, each guest room will offer free high speed Internet access; free local calls; and an in-room safe.  Also, there will be contracted parking adjacent to the hotel.

As a leader in the mid-scale hotel segment, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson locations feature residential architecture and home-like interior design with highlights that include hardwood flooring, lobby fireplace and front porch.  There are over 330 locations worldwide.  Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is part of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide whose brands also include Regent International Hotels; Radisson Hotels & Resorts; Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn.

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Contact:
Betsy Day
Director of Public Relations
PH:  763-212-1433
bday@carlson.com
Also See: Robert Fox Appointed Vice President of Human Resources for Carlson Hotels Worldwide / December 2004


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