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The Radisson Hotel - New Orleans, Owned and Managed
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (November 17, 2004) --- Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, today announced that the former Radisson hotel in New Orleans will join the full-service hotel chain later this month as the Park Plaza New Orleans.  Both Park Plaza and Radisson are brands of Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

The Park Plaza New Orleans is owned and managed by Dallas-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. 

The 759-room hotel, located downtown on Canal Street just four blocks from the French Quarter, offers two restaurants, room service, concierge services, gift shop and outdoor rooftop pool.  The hotel also offers 65,000 sq. ft. of function space.  The hotel has already undergone $12 million in renovations, with additional investment planned for the remainder of 2004.  Located on the Canal Street Trolley Line, the hotel provides easy access to the riverfront, Harrah's Casino, The Aquarium and the French Quarter.

The rebranding follows the successful completion of Carlson Hotels Worldwide brand re-positioning project to help more clearly define Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in order to better meet and exceed customer expectations.

"As an emerging hotel brand in the United States, this New Orleans hotel will help raise the awareness of Park Plaza in one the country's most popular travel destinations," said Bjørn Gullaksen, brand leader for Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and executive vice president for full-service hotels for Carlson Hotel Worldwide.

There are currently 35 Park Plaza locations worldwide in 12 countries, with 10 in North America.  Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide which includes five hotel brands totaling more than 890 locations in 68 countries.  Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson Companies, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries.  Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants.  Carlson Companies' corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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Contact:
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Kristi Arndt
Corporate Director of Public Relations
Phone: (763) 212-5626 
E-Mail: karndt@carlson.com
Also See: Fu Wah International Group Appoints Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific to Manage the First Park Plaza Hotel in China - The 216-room Park Plaza Wangfujing Beijing / June 2004
Carlson Hotels Reclaims Master Franchise Agreement Held by AFM Hospitality for the Development of Park Plaza and Park Inns in Canada / October 2004


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