Carlson Hotels Worldwide announced that it has signed franchise or management agreements for 23 new properties in the first quarter of 2009. The new hotels and resorts span 14 countries, including 10 Radisson and Radisson Blu properties; six Country Inns & Suites By Carlson properties; and seven Park Inn locations. The company also announced 16 new hotel openings since the start of 2009, adding locations in Germany, France, India, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Brazil, the Czech Republic and the U.S. Carlson’s worldwide portfolio, including Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Regent Hotels & Resorts, now totals 1,015 hotels in 72 countries.
Radisson Hotels & Resorts signed four properties in the first quarter of 2009 and opened four new hotels in India, Brazil and the U.S. The 320-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Shenyang Hunnan is scheduled to open in 2012.
The newly opened Radisson Hotel Yuma, AZ is a 100 percent non-smoking facility featuring 3,054 square feet of versatile meeting space, a 24-hour Business Center, full-service exercise room, both indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools and the Market Wine Bar Bistro, a full-service restaurant.
The Rezidor Hotel Group, Carlson’s primary partner in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, opened a new Radisson Blu property in Paris during the first quarter of 2009. Rezidor also signed six new Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts in six countries including Macedonia, Zambia, Angola, Tunisia, Germany and the UK.
Rezidor opened a boutique hotel in Paris in January. The Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero is located within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, the Tour Eiffel and the Palais des Congrès.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka is already under development and located in a prestigious commercial district of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The 145-room property will offer a Rezidor signature restaurant, a bar, five conference and meeting rooms, a ballroom, a pool with bar and sundeck, wellness facilities and a casino.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson signed six new properties in the first quarter of 2009 with four locations in the United States and two in India. The brand also opened eight hotels in the first quarter including locations in Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Indore, India.
The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cleveland Airport, scheduled to open in 2010, will provide 66 well-appointed rooms and offer convenient access to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with complementary airport shuttle service.
Opening in March, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Baltimore North features 81 guest rooms including standard rooms, studio suites, one-bedroom suites, two Whirlpool suites and a 600 square foot 'Home Suite' for extended stays.
Park Inn signed seven new properties in the first quarter of 2009 with locations in Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK. The brand also opened four new hotels since the start of the year with locations in Germany, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.
The Park Inn & Suites Dawson Creek, British Columbia, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2009, will feature 62 rooms, including seven studio suites and 2 two-room suites.
Additional Park Inn openings in the first quarter include the Park Inn Muscat, Oman; Park Inn Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia; and Park Inn Berlin CityWest, Germany.