Carlson Continues Expansion in Thailand with new Hotel in Bangkok's Commercial Hub

Singapore | March 24, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific, one of the world's largest privately owned hotel companies, has signed an agreement with Thailand's VCAL Business Group Co. Ltd., to manage a new Radisson hotel in Bangkok's main commercial hub. This is one of seven hotels currently under development in Thailand for Carlson Hotels and it is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2008.

Radisson Hotel Bangkok Sathorn will offer 436 rooms, including studio rooms plus one, two or three bedroom suites, all available for daily or long-term stays. All suites feature a fully-equipped kitchenette."Thailand is a top priority for expansion, along with India and China, as we focus on increasing our presence in key gateway cities and resort destinations across the region," said Martin Rinck, President and Managing Director, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific.

"Bangkok is the country's most important business and tourism destination and this hotel is being developed in one of the best locations in the city, adjacent to the city's prime financial and commercial offices," added Rinck.

Radisson Hotel Bangkok Sathorn is located in the business district and close to Silom, one of the city's most vibrant shopping and entertainment areas. The hotel will have a variety of restaurants and meeting facilities as well as a business centre, gym and swimming pool.

"The primary target market for the hotel will be the international business traveller. Aside from the strategic location in the city's key commercial area with headquarters of major foreign financial institutions, the Sathorn district also houses a number of foreign embassies," said Khun Apichai Taechaubol, Executive Chairman, VCAL Business Group Co. Ltd.

Currently another six hotels are planned under Carlson's management for Thailand under the Regent, Radisson and Park Plaza brands in Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket.

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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; Park Plaza® 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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