Carlson Hotels rapidly expands Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with opening of 11th hotel in Alabama

Homewood, Ala. | May 17, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM in Alabama. The opening of Country Inn & Suites, Homewood, Ala. marks the brand's accelerated expansion in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 growth strategy.

"With 11 Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 150 locations in the Southeastern United States, the brand has established a strong footprint in the region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. "We are focused on building momentum in North America and India as we increase our portfolio of hotels over the next five years."

Country Inns & Suites offers caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality with a touch of home, and many distinctive product and service innovations, such as the "Friends Hosting Friends" employee training program that has generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high overall guest satisfaction.

"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Carlson Hotels with the addition of our second Country Inns & Suites hotel," said Bharat Patel, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, Homewood, Ala. "The brand's strength, high standards, leadership and franchise support have established a successful partnership."

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center and meeting space for up to 35 guests. The 70-room hotel offers studio suites, one-bedroom suites and guest rooms featuring complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat screen televisions.

Conveniently located off I-65, the hotel is just 10 miles from Birmingham International Airport.

For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com or call toll-free 1-800-456-4000.

About Carlson
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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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Perry Patel, General Manager | 1 205-451-4000 | cx_home@countryinns.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Hotels | 1 763-212-8129 | bgardeen@carlson.com

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