Carlson Hotels opens its 14th Park Inn hotel in North America

Dallas, Texas | May 21, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of its 14th Park Inn property in North America and the second of two hotels joining the brand in Texas. The opening of the Park Inn Dallas Fort Worth South, Texas, and a second hotel which opened recently in Houston, 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 110 hotels in operation globally and 60 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 Joshua Joseph, owner of Park Inn DFW South.

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features indoor pool, a fitness center, business center, free Wi-Fi access and all-day dining at the Atrium Caf%uFFFD. The 200-room hotel has 12,000 square feet of meeting space, audio-visual equipment, catering, and a professional meetings and events team.

Conveniently located near the Dallas Fort Worth International 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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Sally Naidu, general manager | 1 972-513-0800 | sally.naidu@parkinn.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Hotels | 1 763-212-8129 | bgardeen@carlson.com

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