Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific to Manage Radisson Hotel Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

GHAZIABAD, INDIA | April 07, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific, one of the worlds largest privately owned hotel companies, will manage a new hotel in the industrial city of Ghaziabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Radisson Hotel Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to open at the end of 2009 and is part of Carlson's aggressive Indian expansion strategy. The 142-room hotel is owned by India's KAD Housing Pvt. Ltd.

"Ghaziabad is a growing commercial centre and has recently witnessed rapid urbanisation, with the addition of new shopping malls, multiplexes and golf courses. It was also voted by Newsweek International as one of the world's most dynamic cities," said Martin Rinck, President and Managing Director, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific.

"The Radisson Hotel Ghaziabad will be a significant addition to the city's hospitality offering and we anticipate it will draw guests from throughout the country," he added.

The new hotel will have a fully-equipped business centre, wireless internet access and a banquet hall with high-tech conferencing facilities and the latest audio-visual equipment. It will also have a health club, spa and swimming pool, in addition to a bar and a lounge.

Mr. Digamber Prasad Jain and Mr. Amit Jain, Managing Directors and joint owners of KAD Housing Pvt. Ltd. Said, "With its proximity to Delhi and Noida and excellent road and railway infrastructure, Ghaziabad is seeing an increasing number of domestic inbound travellers. This strategic partnership with Carlson will deliver a world-class hotel to help meet this growing demand."

Carlson is currently the largest international hotel group in India with over 20 hotels and resorts in operation.

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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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