|MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2007 - Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced
that 78 hotels and resorts were added to its five-brand, global portfolio
in 2006. The company ended the year with 938 hotels operating in 70 countries.
The company's hotel brands include: Regent Hotels & Resorts, Radisson
Hotels & Resorts(R), Park Plaza(sm) Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns
& Suites By Carlson(sm) and Park Inn(R).
In November 2006, Carlson Hotels Worldwide signed a shareholder agreement
with Rezidor SAS, increasing its ownership of Rezidor Hotel Group as Rezidor
became a publicly traded company. Rezidor manages four of the Carlson Hotel
brands in the EMEA region: Regent, Radisson, Park Inn and Country Inns
"During 2006, we made exciting and significant progress in the global
expansion of our hotel company, highlighted by a major new investment in
Rezidor Hotel Group, our primary partner in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa (EMEA)," said Jay Witzel, President and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide
and CEO of Regent. "Our ownership of Rezidor was increased by ten percent
to a total of 35 percent during the year, providing a long-range, strategic
foundation for our brands in this important economic region of EMEA."
"As the hotel industry continues to enjoy a strong environment for
growth, we are anticipating accelerating momentum in 2007 as we grow toward
1,000 locations worldwide," Witzel said.
Following are highlights of Carlson Hotels Worldwide growth in 2006:
Regent Hotels & Resorts
In late 2006, Regent Hotels & Resorts opened two new hotels --
the spectacular 500-room The Regent Beijing, strategically located near
the Forbidden City and The Regent South Beach in Miami, with 80 oversized
guestrooms and the first-ever hotel personal assistant cell phone service
-- The Pocket Butler -- assisting guests even when they are out of the
The Regent South Beach
1458 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach Florida
In the second quarter of 2007, Regent will re-flag The Palms in Turks
and Caicos to The Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos, making the property the
first tropical resort location for the brand, and open The Regent Bal Harbour,
a 124-suite property being built on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and
Baker's Haulover Inlet in Bal Harbour, Fla. In late 2007, The Regent Boston
Hotel at Battery Wharf, with 150 rooms, will open near the historic Bunker
Hill monument and Charlestown.
During the next three years, Regent Hotels & Resorts will nearly
double its portfolio, adding seven new hotels throughout the Americas,
Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Developments are planned in the cities
of Papagayo, Costa Rica; Bangkok, Thailand; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Dubai,
United Arab Emirates. Regent's existing portfolio has eight properties
in the cities of Beijing, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Miami Beach, Shanghai,
Singapore, Taipei and Zagreb.
Radisson Hotels & Resorts
Radisson Hotels & Resorts continues to make significant strides
in North America with its brand repositioning efforts focusing on product
quality and consistency. A truly global brand, Radisson has expanded its
presence to key cities and emerging markets, adding 25 new properties and
5,133 guestrooms in 2006. Significant growth occurred in all regions of
the world resulting in year-end totals of 400 hotels and 86,990 guestrooms
in 65 countries.
In the Americas, the Radisson Hotel Chicago O'Hare opened in April
after completing a renovation of all 246 guestrooms and public spaces,
and in July, the midtown Manhattan hotel historically known as The Martinique
reopened as the new Radisson Hotel Martinique following a $10 million renovation.
The 532- room hotel, located on the corner of Broadway and 32nd Street,
is within minutes of the Empire State Building, Herald Square, Madison
Square Garden and Penn Station.
Also in New York City, the Radisson Lexington Hotel, located on the
corner of Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, completed a major renovation
in 2006. All 705 guestrooms and suites were upgraded with new furnishings.
Additional improvements included a new fitness center and business center;
and three newly designed restaurants.
In October 2006, the $5.2 million, 13,000 square-foot, oceanfront Larimar
Spa was opened at the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, the brand's flagship
resort in the Caribbean.
Radisson SAS added nine Radisson hotels in the EMEA region in 2006,
including three hotels in January: the 246-room Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai
Media City; the Radisson SAS Style Hotel Vienna in Austria, which was named
to Conde Nast Traveler's 10th Annual "Hot List" of the best new hotels
in the May 2006 issue; and the 211-room Radisson SAS Hotel Birmingham in
In August, Radisson SAS welcomed the elegant Radisson SAS Farnham Estate
Hotel-Cavan in County Cavan, Ireland. Approximately a 90-minute drive from
Dublin, the hotel's 158 guestrooms are designed to reflect the 13th Century
In 2007, the Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Bordeaux in France will open
in the heart of the world's wine capital. The hotel is ideally located
for vineyard visits and is close to luxurious shopping within the Golden
Three Radisson hotels were added in the Asia-Pacific region in 2006,
including the Radisson Hotel Pudong Century Park in China. This 361-room
hotel is managed by Carlson Hotels Worldwide-Asia Pacific, and features
spacious guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts expanded its global presence in 2006
by adding six properties. These additions bring the total number of Park
Plaza properties operating worldwide to 39 with 15,765 guestrooms in 12
One new hotel joined the Park Plaza brand in January: the new Park
Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Toronto-Oakville in Ontario. The hotel
features 122 guestrooms and is serviced by two major airports: Toronto
International and John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport.
March marked the addition of two global properties. The first was the
117- room Park Plaza Vancouver Downtown in British Columbia; the other
was the new 167-room Park Plaza Wallstreet in Berlin, Germany, in the heart
of the city's historical center.
The 45-room Park Plaza Sylverton Mussoorie in India was welcomed in
September. It is conveniently located at Picture Palace and within close
proximity to the renowned Kulri Market.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
During 2006, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson opened 38 properties
in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, bringing the brand's global portfolio to
412 properties with 32,906 guestrooms in 10 countries.
In July, the brand celebrated a company milestone -- the opening of
its 400th hotel. This landmark property, the 100-room Country Inn &
Suites By Carlson in Portage, Ind., is owned by Holladay Properties and
managed by Swift Hospitality Group. This hotel is the 11th Country Inns
& Suites location in the state, and is located about 35 minutes east
Other notable brand additions in 2006 include the 149-room Country
Inn & Suites By Carlson Atlanta-Northwest at Windy Hill Road in Georgia,
and the 82- room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson-Tampa/Brandon in Florida.
Both of these properties are in key leisure and business travel markets,
and feature the brand's signature traditional architecture and sophisticated
residential interior design with hardwood flooring.
A highlight of Park Inn development in 2006 was the opening of the Park
Inn Pribaltiyskaya in St. Petersburg, Russia, in May. This property is
managed by Rezidor Hotel Group and offers 840 guestrooms.
The Park Inn Toledo was added to the Park Inn portfolio near the end
of 2006, and has 400 spacious guest rooms overlooking the Maumee River.
The hotel, which is located near the heart of downtown Toledo, is close
to both corporate offices and sports venues and is connected to the Seagate
In 2006, Park Inn added nine properties in the EMEA region and the
U.S. The brand's portfolio now totals 81 hotels and 12,349 guestrooms in
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
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has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one
of the "100 best places to work for in America," Carlson Companies' corporate
headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.