Carlson Continues Expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM with the Opening of 20th Location in Texas

Lubbock, Texas - January 4, 2013 - 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 Texas. The opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lubbock, TX, marks the brand’s growth in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 strategy.

“The brand has established a strong footprint in Texas with 20 Country Inns & Suites locations,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas. “The continued growth in this region is another step forward in our plan to expand the brand primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.”

The hotel offers 35 standard rooms, 17 studio suites, seven one-bedroom suites, one whirlpool suite, and four two-bedroom suites. The property features on-site amenities that include complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, a well-equipped fitness center, a heated indoor pool and whirlpool. In addition, each guest room has a 42-inch LCD TV, a pillow-top mattress, a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee maker.

The hotel is conveniently located off I-27, just six miles from downtown Lubbock, 10 miles from Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport and seven miles from Texas Tech University.

“We are thrilled to begin a relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and their family of brands,” said Thakor Bhakta, president of Raj Partners LTD., owning company of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lubbock, TX. “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 Roshan Bhakta, general manager.

About Country Inns & Suites

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.

Country Inns & Suites features traditional architecture and a sophisticated residential interior design with the brand’s signature plank lobby flooring, welcoming fireplace and front porch. Each hotel welcomes guests with attractive, comfortable furnishings that blend rich woods and natural earth tones throughout the hotel.

For reservations and more information, visit www.countryinns.com.

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 Raj Partners LTD

Established in 2000, Raj Partners LTD. is a privately held company based in Lubbock, TX. They own and manage hotels in the great state of TX. Ownership is excited to be joining Carlson Rezidor Hotels and have many hopes to grow with a family oriented company.

Contacts:

Roshan Bhakta
Country Inn & Suites, Lubbock
+1 (806) 687-2500
Cx_LBTX@countryinns.com

Staci Graber
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
+1 (763) 212-4252
sgraber@carlsonrezidor.com

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