Carlson Hotels rapidly expands Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with opening of 4th hotel in Missouri

St. Peters, Mo. | May 27, 2010

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

"With four Country Inns & Suites hotels in the state and more than 175 locations in the Midwest, 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 FriendsSM employee training program that has generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high overall guest satisfaction.

"We are thrilled to be joining the Country Inns & Suites family and are confident that the consistency, value and leadership of this brand and the Carlson Hotels system will result in a successful future for this hotel," said Dinesh Patel, owner of the Country Inn & Suites, St. Peters, Mo.

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, business center and meeting space for up to 50 guests. The 63-room hotel offers studio suites, one-bedroom suites, executive king rooms, whirlpool suites, extended stay suites and guest rooms featuring complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and flat screen televisions.

The hotel is located 12 miles from Lambert-St. Louis 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 1,080 hotels, including, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; 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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Larry Jacobs, General Manager | 1 636-939-5900 | larry.jacobs@countryinns.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Hotels | 1 763-212-8129 | bgardeen@carlson.com

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