Carlson continues expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with the opening of 20th location in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio | May 7, 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM in the Midwest. The opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Clinton, Ohio, marks the brand’s growth in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 strategy.

“The brand has established a strong footprint in Ohio with 20 Country Inns & Suites locations,” said Scott Meyer, vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas. “This homegrown brand will expand by an additional 150 hotels globally by 2015 primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.”

Country Inns & Suites offers caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality with a touch of home, and features particularly attractive for business travelers. In late 2011, the brand completed rollout of classic diningware and silverware in all of its hotels in the U.S. to accompany its complimentary Be Our Guest hot breakfast. The introduction of classic diningware represents an industry first among major brands within the midscale hotel segment. The brand also offers free high-speed Internet access and weekday newspaper. The distinctive product and service innovations, such as the Be Our Guest employee training program have generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high guest satisfaction.

“We are thrilled to begin a relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and their family of brands,” said Michael Ruta, owner and president of Lodging Industry LLC, owning company of the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Port Clinton.  “We are confident that the consistency, value and leadership of this brand and the Carlson Rezidor system will result in a successful future for this hotel.” Opening the hotel is Angela Long, general manager.

The 64-room hotel amenities include a business center, an indoor heated pool and fitness center. All guestrooms feature flat screen televisions, refrigerator and microwave. Studio Suites include pullout sofa beds and Whirlpool Suites feature an in-room whirlpool.

For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com or call toll-free +1 (800) 456-4000.  

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81 countries and territories, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

http://www.carlsonrezidor.com

About Lodging Industry LLC
Lodging Industry LLC is a privately owned hospitality company based in Northwest Ohio. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Port Clinton is the 13th hotel the company operates in OH.

Contacts:
Angela Long, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Clinton, +1 (419) 732-2434, cx_pcoh@countryinns.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, +1 (763) 212-8129, bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com

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