News for the Hospitality Executive
|WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 -- Carlson, a
privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today reported a
12 percent increase of its system-wide sales in 2010 to USD 6.5 billion
for its global hotel business. This announcement was made at the
company's global hotel business conference in Washington, D.C.
"This strong sales performance is one of several key milestones that Carlson Hotels achieved in the first year of its Ambition 2015 strategy," said Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer, Carlson. "And, looking ahead, we have exciting plans to continue our momentum towards our Ambition 2015 objectives."
Key accomplishments for Carlson Hotels in 2010 cover all of its strategic priorities.
Global Growth: Carlson signed 87 hotels and opened 66 hotels in 2010. The company's total number of rooms in operations and development crossed the 200,000 room threshold. And the number of hotels in operation reached 1,071 hotels at the end of 2010, despite the exit of 42 hotels that were non-compliant with system standards.
Emerging Markets: The company continued its rapid expansion in key emerging markets which represented 60 percent of new signings in 2010, whereas they account for 18 percent of the hotels in operation. During the year, the company solidified its leadership positions in India, Russia/CIS and Africa in particular.
Revenue Generation: Carlson's loyalty program reached 6.3 million members, a 24 percent increase over 2009.
Acquisitions: Carlson increased its ownership in The Rezidor Hotel Group to more than 50 percent, and the company acquired its key partner in India -- RHW Hotel Management Services Ltd.
Looking ahead, Carlson Hotels, is focused on continuing the implementation of its Ambition 2015 strategy. Most notably:
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,070 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM), Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 150,000 people. http://www.carlson.com.
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Senior-Level Executive Positions for Carlson Hotels, Americas /
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|Carlson CEO Hubert Joly Takes Over Leadership of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Replacing Jay Witzel; Thorsten Kirschke Named Chief Operating Officer of Carlson Hotels - Americas / July 2009|