Carlson Hotels opens its 13th Park Inn Hotel in North America

Houston, Texas | May 11, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of its 13th Park Inn property in North America and the first of two hotels joining the brand this month in Texas. The opening of the Park Inn Houston North Hotel & Conference Center, and a second hotel scheduled to open later this week in Dallas, are part of Carlson's Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

"Park Inn, a leading, award-winning mid-scale brand in Europe and the Middle East, has great potential in North America," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president for Park Inn. "The strong visual identity and contemporary design of the brand provide a fresh approach to the mid-scale segment."

Internationally the brand has achieved major milestone recognition. In 2009, J.D. Power and Associates rated Park Inn number one in Europe for guest satisfaction in the mid-scale segment. With 107 hotels in operation globally and 59 hotels currently in development, Park Inn provides affordable accommodations that are efficient, uncomplicated, practical and comfortable.

"The conversion to Park Inn was seamless and we are looking forward to providing the best night's sleep in town for a mid-scale brand," said Kirk Pfeffer, general partner of LoneStar Alliance. The hotel is owned by Hornet Investors, LP based in Houston, Texas.

The hotel features two outdoor heated pools, a fitness center, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi access and American and Tex-Mex dining at Sam Houston's Grill. The 220-room hotel has 17,000 square feet of meeting space, audio-visual equipment, catering, and a professional meetings and events team.

Conveniently located near the Bush Intercontinental Airport, the hotel offers free daily shuttle service. For reservations and more information, visit www.parkinn.com.

About Carlson
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,060 hotels, including, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn®, Park Plaza® and Regent®; more than 1,000 restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's® and Pick Up Stix®; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 150,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

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