Carlson pledges up to USD 200,000 to disaster relief efforts in Japan

Minneapolis, Minn. | April 05, 2011

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced its support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and American Red Cross’ recovery efforts in Japan by pledging funds of up to USD 200,000. Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, a global leader specializing in business travel management has donated USD 100,000 to the IFRC, and The Carlson Family Foundation, on behalf of Carlson, will match donations made by guests, customers and employees up to USD 100,000 to the American Red Cross.

Carlson guests, customers and employees can visit or American Red Cross to make their donations or visit for more information. Carlson currently operates 57 hotels in Asia Pacific, including the Radisson Hotel Narita, Chiba, Japan. Carlson Wagonlit TravelSato Travel (U.S. Military & Government division) currently has 13 locations in Japan and JTB-CWT Business Travel Solutions offices have 436 employees and Travel Centers in Tokyo and Osaka. T.G.I. Friday’s has nine restaurants in Japan.  

About Carlson
Carlson is a family-owned, 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 170,000 people.

About the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. Founded in 1919, the IFRC comprises 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The IFRC's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. Further details of this work can be found in the What we do section. The IFRC, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. For more information about the Red Cross, please visit

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