Regent Hotels & Resorts in China Earn Top Rankings by Condé Nast Travelers and Travel + Leisure

Singapore | November 05, 2007

The Regent Beijing has garnered top accolades at the recent Condé Nast Traveler US Readers' Choice Awards 2007 and the Travel + Leisure 100 Best China Hotels Awards, just barely six months after its official opening in April this year.

The 500-room luxury hotel in the heart of prestigious Jinbao Street was ranked 11th for the top 75 hotels in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler readers. In addition, the state-of-the-art hotel in the centreof the commercial district of Beijing was listed one of the Best of the Best top 100 hotels in theworld, at the 56th position.

Carlson's other luxury hotel in China, The Regent Shanghai, also ranked high in the top 75 besthotels in Asia at the 20th position.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Regent Seven Seas Cruises "#1 Small-ShipCruise Line" in the publication's landmark 20th annual Readers' Choice Awards poll. The 2007 first-place finish is Regent Seven Seas Cruises' second in two years; the line was voted #1 in thelarge-ship category in 2006.

The results were derived from the largest independent poll of consumer preferences - the Readers'Choice Survey - which is second in size only to the US Census. A record number of over 28,000readers voted this year and the complete results were published in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

"The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are considered one of the highest honours inthe travel industry as the results are determined by popular vote," said Martin Rinck, president andmanaging director of Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific. "We are delighted that The Regent Beijing has achieved such excellent results within its first year of operation, and are pleased tohave a strong partnership with the hotel owner, the Fu Wah International Group. Beijing is animportant gateway city for Carlson and we are proud to have The Regent Beijing as our firstsignature luxury hotel in China."

Situated within walking distance of landmark destinations such as the Forbidden City andTian'anmen Square, the hotel is an exclusive sanctuary that blends contemporary style with thecharm of historic China. The luxury hotel showcases exquisite sandalwood features and furniture,all handcrafted by artisans and supervised by Madam Chan Lai Wa, the founder of Fu WahInternational Group.

With interior design by world-renowned company Hirsh/Bedner Associates,The Regent Beijing's contemporary yet classic interior features luxurious guestrooms and suitesthat offer modern facilities including complimentary high speed internet access, large plasmascreens and DVD players.

Four outstanding restaurants provide a wide array of dining experiences, including Li Jing Xuan, abeautiful Cantonese restaurant that features a main dining room and ten private dining roomsfurnished with delicate and rare red sandalwood pieces, an artform that is one of the passions ofMadam Chan, who runs China's first and only privately owned China Red Sandalwood Museum.

At another awards ceremony held in Shanghai recently, The Regent Beijing was also named one ofthe best new hotels by Travel + Leisure, which presented awards for the 100 Best China Hotels.The publication is one of the world's leading travel magazines.

The Regent Shanghai earned thebest hotel award (Shanghai and Yangtze Delta), while Carlson's other brands, the Radisson Hotel Pudong Century Park and Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai received awards for best newhotel and best hotel (Shanghai and Yangtze Delta) respectively.

"We have doubled our presence in China in the last four years, with new openings in the pipelineat the key gateway and tertiary cities such as Tianjin and Wuhou," said Martin. "These awards area clear endorsement of our commitment in delivering world-class hotels and services. The globaldiversity and strength of Carlson provides the management expertise and financial capacity toachieve substantial growth of the company's hotel brands in the Asia Pacific region."

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Singapore-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific is the regional headquarters for Carlson HotelsWorldwide 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 hotelbrands: 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 andcustomer-focused service culture; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠, one of the fastest growing, mid-scale hotelbrands; and Park Inn®, a unique emerging hotel brand offering a relaxed environment in the economy category.Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing corporatesolutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Other names in the Carlson familyof brands and services are: T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants, Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, andCarlson Marketing Group®, the largest relationship marketing services company in the United States.

Regent® Hotels & Resorts -- One of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the lodging industry, RegentHotels & Resorts are world-class landmarks of hospitality excellence offering international luxury standards whichreflect and celebrate each individual hotel's location. Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired the rights to the Regentbrand in 1997 and has embarked on a selective global growth program, entering new markets and offering expandedworldwide presence in the luxury hotel category. At present, Regent hotels and resorts are located in the United States,Europe and Asia Pacific. www.regenthotels.com.

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