Martin Rinck Appointed President and Managing Director of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia Pacific

Minneapolis, MN | August 03, 2007

Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the appointment of Martin Rinck as President and Managing Director of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia Pacific, headquartered in Singapore. Rinck joins Carlson in this key role after serving the last four years as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Rezidor Hotel Group based in Brussels.

Rinck assumes his new position from Paul Kirwin, who has been serving a dual role in Asia Pacific as President of both Carlson Hotels Worldwide and overall Carlson operations including other travel, hospitality and marketing businesses. Kirwin will remain in Singapore as President of Carlson Asia Pacific.

Announcing the appointment today was Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "Rinck brings a wealth of hotel industry experience and a proven record of success to this position in the vital Asia Pacific region," Witzel said. "Under his leadership, business development at Rezidor Hotel Group has enjoyed a record-breaking period of growth and expansion," he added.Rezidor is a long-term partner with Carlson Hotels Worldwide, operating four of its brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Carlson also owns 41.7 per cent of Rezidor shares.

Witzel noted that Asia Pacific includes many of the world's fastest growing economies and offers tremendous potential for Carlson Hotels Worldwide as the travel, tourism and hospitality industries continue to expand dramatically. "We are pleased that Rinck will be leading the Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia Pacific team, building further on the strong foundation of success which has been established during the past five years of Kirwin's leadership," Witzel said.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Martin holds a Masters Degree of Business Administration from Brunel University, London, and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His hotel industry experience has included over 10 years with Inter-Continental Hotels & Resorts in Hamburg, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago, Lisbon and London and service with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia.

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Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants. The company has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one of the "100 best places to work for in America," Carlson corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minn.

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 unique emerging hotel brand offering a relaxed environment in the economy category.

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