Carlson announces its global hotel of the year

Washington, D.C. | February 16, 2011

Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced a tie for winner of its Global Hotel of the Year Award. The hotels were honored at the company’s global business conference in Washington, D.C. The winning properties were recognized for their outstanding performance in terms of employee engagement, guest satisfaction, revenue generation and economic performance. The two winners are the Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest, Romania and the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chanhassen, Minn.

“These hotels exemplify our Ambition 2015 growth strategy to make our brands leaders in their segments,” said Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer, Carlson. “The Radisson Blu Bucharest and Country Inns & Suites Chanhassen are outstanding performers across our global portfolio.”

  • The 718-room Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest is in the heart of the city offering great views of Bucharest. The hotel ranks as the number one business hotel and overall best hotel in Bucharest on TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index. It also received a score of 93.6 percent on the Expedia 2010 Insider’s Select Ranking.

  •  The Country Inn & Suites Chanhassen has 122 rooms and was one of the brand’s earliest conversion hotels. The hotel, which opened in 1990, recently completed a USD 4.2 million renovation and is ranked second on TripAdvisor for all hotels in Chanhassen, Minn.

“The devotion these hotels have to service as well as product improvements are a great source of inspiration for all us,” added Joly.

About Carlson

Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,070 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants; 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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 Joan Cronson or Ben Gardeen, Carlson | 1 (763) 212-1418 or 1 (763) 212-8129 | jcronson@carlson.com or bgardeen@carlson.com

 

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