Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific to Bring Radisson Brand to the Maldives in 2010

Singapore | March 19, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific, one of the world's largest privately-owned hotel companies, will manage its first Radisson hotel in the Maldives in early 2010. The 250-room hotel will be located on the island of Hulhumale, north to the capital Male.

Radisson Hotel Maldives Hulhumale, owned by public-listed local conglomerate State Trading Organisation PLC, will be designed as an urban resort primarily for the conference and meeting market, as well as for transient guests arriving and leaving the island. It will also be connected by land to the international airport and seaplane terminal.

"This new development aligns with our expansion strategy to grow in key business and leisure destinations in the region. It will be the second hotel under development in the Maldives that will be managed by our group. We are also opening a luxury Regent resort in the Maldives later this year," said Martin Rinck, President and Managing Director, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific.

Radisson Hotel Maldives Hulhumale will have an all day dining restaurant with views of the ocean, a retail outlet and a private jetty. It will also have extensive ballroom and banqueting facilities, capitalizing on the growing Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market.

"The events market is growing steadily due to strong economic performance in the region, with a special high demand for meetings and incentive facilities in resort locations. This will be the only international hotel in the vicinity of Male with specially designed conference services," added Rinck.

The hotel will also offer a business centre and health club including a gym and spa as well as a swimming pool and easy access to beach facilities.

"This partnership with Carlson is a crafted solution that is closely aligned with our aspirations for a contemporary, iconic, international hotel that fully maximizes the value of this important location, while remaining sensitive and responsive to its environment," said Ahmed Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer, State Trade Organisation PLC."It will also be a major asset going forward in promoting Maldives as a credible meetings and business tourism destination."

Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific has the vision of being the most admired hotel company in the region, with the goal to successfully open and operate hotels with strategic partners in key gateway cities and resort locations in Asia Pacific.

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Singapore-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific is the regional headquarters for Carlson Hotels Worldwide in the Asia-Pacific region and is supported by reservations, sales and development offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, New Delhi and Sydney. Carlson Hotels Worldwide, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, includes five hotel brands: Regent Hotels & Resorts, one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the hotel industry; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, one of the world's leading upscale, full-service hotel brands; ParkPlaza® Hotels & Resorts, positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category and known for its great value and customer-focused service culture; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠, one of the fastest growing, mid-scale hotel brands; and Park Inn®, a growing global brand offering a fresh and stylish guest experience.Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Other names in the Carlson family of brands and services are: T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants, Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, and Carlson Marketing Worldwide®, the largest relationship marketing services company in the United States.Radisson® Hotels & Resorts -- One of the world's leading, full-service hotel companies, Radisson Hotels & Resorts currently encompasses 400 properties in 64 countries. Radisson is focused on being the hotel of choice by understanding the independent mindset and changing needs of today's frequent travellers. Showcase Radisson hotels and resorts are located in many of the world's primary travel destinations serving both business and leisure customers with a distinctive "Yes, I Can" service culture. Radisson Hotels & Resorts: www.radisson.com

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