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James Riker Named General Manager of the
Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, May 1, 2008 - Radisson Hotels & Resorts(R) today announced the hiring of James Riker as the new general manager of one of its marquee properties, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia located at 1701 Locust Street just off the world-renowned Rittenhouse Square, the city's most prestigious residential, commercial and business district. Riker brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the position.

Most recently, Riker was with the Waterford Hotel Group serving as general manager at the Hilton Hartford Hotel in Connecticut. Prior to that role, Riker was with Waterford serving as regional hotel director with responsibility for multiple brands. Riker was previously general manager at the Radisson Greystone Castle in Denver and assistant general manager at the Radisson Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit. Riker has his B.S. degree from the University of Utah as well as a Certified Hotel Administrator designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

"With the significant investments we made into renovating the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, we were committed to establishing a solid leadership team that can take the hotel to new heights," said Bjorn Gullaksen, executive vice president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Managed Hotels & Resorts - The Americas, and president of The Regent Luxury Group. "We're excited to welcome Riker back to the Radisson family to fill this important position. His extensive hospitality experience will be of great benefit to both staff and guests alike."

"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to lead this historic property into a new era and provide visitors to Philadelphia with an unforgettable hotel experience," said Riker. "The recent renovations position the Warwick as one of the premier lodging destinations in the city, offering guests both classic style and modern amenities. Along with the talented and experienced staff, I am dedicated to ensuring the complete guest satisfaction only Radisson can offer."

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel was originally constructed in 1926 and features fashionable English Renaissance architecture. The 301-room hotel was fully renovated in 2007 including the addition of Sleep Number Beds by Select Comfort(TM), 32" HD Plasma televisions and marble bathrooms in all guestrooms. The hotel also features a new contemporary restaurant, Tavern 17, featuring upscale cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Other refurbished areas include a state-of-the-art fitness center and the elegantly refitted Grand Ballroom.

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Also See: Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia Receiving $15 million Renovation; Top Floors to be Converted into 100 Condominiums / September 5, 2005
Waterford Appoints James Riker General Manager of the Hilton Hartford Hotel / April 2007
The 75 Year-old Warwick Now Brandishes the Radisson Name / Feb 2002


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