Club Carlson launches the Ultimate Getaway Giveaway to celebrate the North American debut of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

Minneapolis, Minn. | October 18, 2011

Club CarlsonSM, the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels, today announced its latest sweepstakes, the Ultimate Getaway Giveaway, celebrating the debut of the first Radisson Blu Hotel in North America with the opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, on Nov. 1.  

Each week during the eight-week sweepstakes period, Oct. 18 through Dec. 16, 2011, Club Carlson members in the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to win a two-night stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, including airfare for two and USD 2,500 in spending money. One grand prize winner will receive a five-night getaway, including business class airfare for two, USD 10,000 in spending money and hotel accommodations at any Carlson hotel worldwide.

 “The Ultimate Getaway Giveaway sweepstakes allows us to offer our members a once-in-a-lifetime True Blu experience,” said Heather Passe, vice president, Marketing, Loyalty and E-Commerce, Carlson Hotels. “The launch of the Radisson Blu brand in the U.S. is a major milestone for Carlson, and we are excited to introduce the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago to our members and offer them the chance to stay at this distinctly unique hotel in Chicago’s landmark Aqua Tower.”

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is a true representation of the Radisson Blu upper-upscale brand and is destined to become a destination in itself. This hotel focuses on innovative design, style and attention to detail, delivering the experience that genuinely understands the needs of today’s traveler. The hotel features 334 guest rooms and suites; exquisitely prepared Italian fare at the contemporary restaurant Filini; more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness facility; an indoor basketball court; a movie screening room; an indoor lap pool; a full-service business center; and a 80,000-square-foot  green roof and recreation deck complete with gardens, two outdoor pools, a hot tub with cabanas, and a 1/5-mile running trail.

Club Carlson members are eligible to enter the sweepstakes, with the opportunity to earn bonus entries, by reading fun facts about Carlson, including Radisson Blu and the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, or watching a short Club Carlson video. Members can earn five bonus entries for every night they stay at a Carlson hotel and an additional five entries per night if the reservation is booked through any Radisson®, Country Inns & SuitesSM, Park Inn by Radisson or Park Plaza® website, or www.ClubCarlson.com.

Travelers who are not yet Club Carlson members can join the loyalty program for free during any stay at a Carlson hotel or resort, or by visiting www.ClubCarlson.com.  To enter the sweepstakes, obtain more information, and terms and conditions, visit www.ClubCarlsonGiveaway.com.

ABOUT CLUB CARLSONSM 

Club Carlson is the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels, part of leading hospitality and travel company, Carlson. Club Carlson provides its members a faster way to free award nights with hotel stay redemptions starting at only 9,000 points. In addition to redeeming points for complimentary hotel stays at any of Carlson’s more than 1,000 hotels worldwide, Club Carlson members can use points to purchase vacation options with CWT Vacations and Club Med®, as well as through more than 20 retail and restaurant partners. Club Carlson introduced a Concierge Elite tier in early 2011 offering members complimentary room upgrades, continental breakfast, and early check-in and late check-out, among other benefits. The program has no blackout dates. 

ABOUT RADISSON BLU AQUA HOTEL, CHICAGO
Marking the debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is set to open on November 1, 2011. The hotel features Filini, a contemporary 150-seat Italian restaurant and bar that offers simple and authentic dishes as well as an expansive Italian wine collection. http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago or call +1 (312) 565-5258.

ABOUT CARLSON
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,067 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson 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 170,000 people.  http://www.carlson.com

Contacts:
Joan Cronson or Ben Gardeen, Carlson | +1 (763) 212-1418 or 1 (763) 212-8129 | jcronson@carlson.com or bgardeen@carlson.com
Fiona McRobert, MSLGroup | +1 (310) 461-0383 | fiona.mcrobert@mslgroup.com

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