Diderik Van Regemorter Takes the Reins at The Regent Beijing and Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Beijing, China | September 22, 2008

Industry veteran Diderik Van Regemorter has been appointed Managing Director of The Regent Beijing and Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing hotels in China.

A Belgian national, Van Regemorter takes up the top role after two years as General Manager at The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos, in the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was with cruise line operator Holland America Line as Hotel Director and held similar positions with Cunard-Seabourn Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises. Van Regemorter also has over a decade of experience with other leading international hotel brands including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and Hyatt.

He was awarded 'General Manager of the Year' for Carlson managed hotels including The Regent brand in North America, for delivering superior results and product turnaround. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management from the Centre International de Glion, Switzerland.

"Diderik did an outstanding job in turning The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos into an award-winning property, which has been consistently voted by the industry as one of the most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean," said Martin Rinck, President and Managing Director, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific (CHW-AP). Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five of the world's leading hotel brands across the region - Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Radisson® Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠ and Park Inn®.

"We are confident he will take both The Regent Beijing and Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing to even greater heights in terms of service and quality, and contribute to Carlson's overall growth in China."CHW-AP currently has over 2800 rooms in operation in China and more than 1300 rooms under development. Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the world's 10 largest hotel companies ranked by the number of properties globally.

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Regent® Hotels & Resorts is one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the lodging industry, Regent® Hotels & Resorts are world-class landmarks of hospitality excellence offering international luxury standards which reflect and celebrate each individual hotel's location. The iconic Regent brand is expanding to new hotel and resort locations worldwide and is also an industry leader in the luxury cruise market with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Regent® Hotels & Resorts are located in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. www.regenthotels.com

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts serve guests worldwide in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category and are known for great value and customer-focused service culture. Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts are located in some of the world's major cities including London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Beijing, plus suburban and airport locations. With restaurants, meeting rooms, catering, suites and recreational facilities, the Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts serve the travel needs of business guests, meeting attendees and leisure guests. There are currently close to 40 Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide. www.parkplaza.com

Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific (CHW-AP) is fast expanding its portfolio of hotels in Asia Pacific which includes five brands: Regent® Hotels & Resorts, one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the hospitality 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; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠, a mid-scale hotel brand; and Park Inn, a growing global brand offering fresh and affordable accommodation. CHW-AP currently has more than 100 hotels in operation and under development with close to 20,000 rooms in 11 countries. Headquartered in Singapore, it is supported by reservations, sales and development offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Sydney. www.carlsonhotelsasiapacific.com

The parent company, Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes approximately 1000 hotel locations in 74 countries and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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®. www.carlson.com

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